Along with their versatility comes a friendly
disposition. “The breed is gentle but has enough
fire in it for competitions requiring agility and
endurance,” says Manis.
Together, these qualities ensure that “there is
a spot for anyone,” a saying that is common in the
breed’s sphere, according to Sliger.
“A Spotted Saddle Horse is good for the beginner
or any level of equestrian,” he adds. “They are very
level-headed and easily handled.”
“They’re more of a family pet than you would
expect a horse to be,” says Fletcher. “They make
great childrens’ horses or just a family friend.
They’re enjoyable to ride and not so expensive that
the average person can’t afford one.”
“I’ve been around several other breeds of horses, but
I always come back to the Spotted Saddle Horse,” says
Manis, whose family tradition of breeding and raising
Spotted Saddle Horses began with his grandparents.
“It’s a beautiful breed of horse not only in its
color, but also its personality.” HI
KIM KLIMEK is a freelance writer based in Kentucky.