|Spotted Saddle horse were developed by crossing Spanish American type
spotted ponies, with other established gaited breeds, mainly Tennessee
Walking Horses, to produced a natural smooth gaited, colorful horse that
came to be known as the Spotted Saddle Horse. However, due to the predominant
influence of the Tennessee Walking Horse in the breed, the Spotted Saddle
Horse more closely resembles a heavier T.W.H. than any other breed. Some
other breeeds introduced include the Standardbreds, Mustangs, Missouri
Fox Trotters, Peruvian Paso, Paso Finos and Racking Horses.
The Spotted Saddle Horse is a horse which is spotted, naturally gaited
and possessing strength and stamina.
There are several breed registries,
The Mad Hatter
registered SSHBEA and NSSHA
The Spotted Saddle Horse Breeders And Exhibitors Association (Known as
SSHBEA) which is an organization established in 1985 to promote the Spotted
Saddle Horse. To accomplish this, SSHBEA has instituted a program for affiliating
horse shows, licensing Judges, and approving Designated Qualified Persons,
and has established official rules for registering and showing of the Spotted
The National Spotted Saddle Horse Association was formed in 1979, NSSHA
is dedicated to establishing a uniform breed saddle horse that is naturally
gaited and performs without the use of punishing training aids or substances.
The American Spotted Horse Association established in 1999. Registry based
on promoting the sound, gaited western style Spotted Horse.
Pusher's Golden Cajun
registered SSHBEA and NSSHA
A relatively new breed, these horses are colorful, versatile,
good natured and best of all, have a extremely comfortable gait for
riding. The required "saddle Gait" of the Spotted Saddle Horse includes
the stepping pace, fox-trot, single-foot, flat walk, running walk,
pace, rack or combination of all gaits. The SSH can also perform a canter.
National Spotted Saddle Horse Association
P.O. Box 898
Murfreesboro, TN 37133-0898
Phone: (615) 890-2864
Spotted Saddle Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association
P.O. Box 1046
Shelbyville, TN 37162
Phone: (931) 684-7496
The American Spotted Horse Association
P.O. Box 36
Manchester, TN 37349
These registries still allow animals to be registered that exhibit the
spotted coat pattern and the smooth intermediate gait. With the recent
(Jan. 1, 1999) closing of half of the SSHBEA books, it is now a requirement
that at least one (1) parent registered to register offspring.
Lynn on Pistol's Silverado
To qualify for Spotted Saddle Horse registration, coat patterns must show
behind the head and above the hocks (exclusive of facial markings). Coat
colors include all those found in the equine world. Typical markings run
from the clean, circular tobiano pattern to the irregular, rather splashy
overo design. Less common are the roan-like sabino markings and the tovero
pattern combining both traits of the overo and tobiano.