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post #1 of 12 Old 04-08-2013, 07:20 AM Thread Starter
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Spotted Walking Horse

I was told that Shasta is a Spotted Walking horse. However when you Google Spotted Walking Horses nothing really comes up about the breed. Is a Spotted Walker the same as a Tennessee walking horse just with spots?
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post #2 of 12 Old 04-08-2013, 07:55 AM
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Not sure, but many Spotted Saddle Horses are bread out of Tennessee Walking horses.

My horse Lacy is registered with the Spotted Saddle Horse Association, but her pedigree is pure Tennessee Walking Horse with many crosses of Merry boy and Midnight sun.

There's a lot going on in the Walking Horse world with all the negatives surrounding soring and such. Many people are registering their animals in other registries as they refuse to participate in an organization surrounded by such controversy, or so I've been told by several breeders around Shelbyville and Lewisburg.

Try googling SSH or Spotted Saddle Horse and see if that helps any.

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The Spotted Saddle Horse Registry is like the Pinto Horse Association. The horse has to meet the criteria to be registered, and may or may not be purebred, as long as it meets the criteria.

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A good friend owns two Spotted Walkers. They are half brothers and while I'm sure she has their papers, I need to ask her.

Back in the '80's, a lady by the name of Sherry Duriga had a serious breeding program to try and raise the bar AND acceptance of Spotted Tennessee Walkers.

I became acquainted with her when I bought a Morab mare from her.

Sadly, she passed from cancer a few years back. I have no idea if her stock was disposed of before she became really sick or if the horses went into her estate.

While Spotted Walkers are not the horse judges look at, they have been in the Walking Horse gene pool from the beginning.

For example, look at three of the horses in the top row of these 1920's stallions. Tennessee Walkers - Walkers West - Pictures of Famous Tennessee Walking Horses - Ancestors-1920's

Lotsa spots there and they all seem to be in the "Allen" line

As far as Spotted Saddle Horses? Today's SSH's don't begin to resemble the Old Timey SSH's. They were short, stocky and could carry a lot of weight for their little selves.

This is what I consider a true Spotted Saddle Horse. He belonged to my friend in PA. She found him up in the Allegheny's but he was bred and born in the Manchester/McMinnville, TN area. He had a sweet heart personality, big heart and terrific work ethic.

She sold him because she is taller and the cancer meds caused her to gain a lot of weight. She was afraid he wouldn't be able to carry her, sloggin' thru mud all the time. Anyone from PA knows the ground never dries out-lollol

Anyway, if one studies the physical characteristics of this SSH, they don't bare much resemblance to the "new" SSH's that have been seriously infused with TWH blood.
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post #5 of 12 Old 04-08-2013, 07:13 PM
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SSH's can also be registered as TWH and Racking Horses too depending, barn I used to work at sometimes had several that carried all 3 sets of papers.

Very confusing.

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A SSH is anything gaited with color.

A spotted walker would just have regular TWH papers-- they can also be registered as SSH because theyre gaited and have color.

A horse thats reg SSH cant always be registered TWH unless they are purebred walker/spotted walker. (Same breed just with color)

Say a horse is paso fino x paint-- if it gaits and has color its considered a spotted saddle horse.. if its solid colored, it can not be SSH registered.

i hope im not being too confusing, lol.
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Thanks for all the help! I would kinda of like to get her registered. But I would have to ask the lady I got her from if she had papers.
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post #8 of 12 Old 04-09-2013, 08:53 AM
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a spotted saddle horse is a saddle horse with spots.
You have to know the old southern terms to get that.
In the south gaited horses were refered to as saddle horses. Pretty much every county or valley, had a resident or traveling stallion. You ended up with alot of regional breeds. All of which were gaited horses along the Old school TWH lines. Not the obomination horse TWHBEA has created. basically sturdy gaited horses meant to carry a rider over hill and dale. TWH's, KMH"s RMH's all fall in that family all the breeds and sub breeds were considered "saddle" horses. As opposed to stock horses, or race horses, or draft horses.
Sooo one of those with spots ? Spotted saddle horse
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In the 80's everybody wanted a spotted "something." So now you go to a show and there are paints everywhere. The solid NO blaze, No socks/stockings, boring Bay stands out in the show ring.
Originally Posted by walkinthewalk View Post
Today's SSH's don't begin to resemble the Old Timey SSH's. They were short, stocky and could carry a lot of weight for their little selves.
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Originally Posted by walkinthewalk View Post

My 13.2hh pony, "Toma" (1970-2004, RIP) had the same face and similar spots, but he wasn't gaited.

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post #10 of 12 Old 04-09-2013, 05:46 PM
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Home Here's breed association for SSH.

Also FB page for Tennessee Walkers and Spotted Saddle Horses...just found it.

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