Saddle Horse Characteristics
" . . . The beauty of the most perfect and most representative specimens of the American Saddle Horse is unmatched by any other breed of horses.
The style and finish about their fronts suggest the use of descriptive term "class". It is a little difficult to define. In fact, it almost baffles description. We call it charm in women. We call it presence in men. We call it class in horses . . .
Symmetrical and balanced in conformation, set on legs that are sturdy in correctness, with a brand of quality and finish that is hard to match, the model American Saddle Horse leads most breeds when measured by the yardstick of good looks . . .
The American Saddle Horse is a tractable, teachable, clever horse . . ."
The qualifications of a Saddle Horse in order of importance as denoted by the officials of the American Saddle Horse Breeders Association:
- A kind disposition coupled with a good mouth.
- Courage and ambition.
- Conformation of a weight carrier.
- Gaits and manners.
And on the general classification of horses:
"On account of the correlation between form and function, a horse must do as he is made to do. His Capabilities in the way of performance will be limited in some respects and extended in others, according to the plan of his structure."