The American Saddlebred is a popular show horse.
Saddlebreds are shown either as three-gaited (walk,
trot, and canter) or five-gaited (walk, trot,
canter, slow gait, and rack). The rack is a natural
even four-beat gai where each foot pauses in mid-air
before coming down separately. It looks like fun
to ride a horse who is racking, and it is. Horses
can rack at speeds up to 30 mph. The slow gait
is a slow, graceful version of the rack. Saddlebreds
have Thoroughbred, Morgan, and Pacer bloodlines.
Their original purpose was to cover a lot of ground
as plantation owners rode from area to area.
Saddlebreds come in solid colors (grey, bay,
chestnut, black). Half-breeds may come in other,
more showy colors such as pinto.