National Show Horse

The National Show Horse is a breed of horse originating in the United States as a cross between an American Saddlebred and an Arabian horse. In 1981 a breed registry was formed and only offspring of registered National Show Horse parents or from the offspring of American Saddlebred and Arabian crossbreeding are accepted.

As of December 1, 2009, in order for it to be registered as a National Show Horse, it must have between 50 and 99 percent Arabian blood. Any non National Show Horse mare or stallion must be registered with their breeds registry and any of the three breeds used must be approved by the National Show Horse board of directors.

The neck of the National Show Horse is long and swan-like neck with a pronounced crest. The head is usually small with a straight or slightly concave profile and small ears. The back is flat, the shoulders are deep and the tail sets high on the rear. The average height is between 57.2 and 64.8 inches tall, although some are taller or shorter.

The breed can vary in the color of its coat from bay, gray chestnut and black in horses with a high Arabian blood percent. With higher percentage of Saddlebred blood, pinto and palomino colors may be included.

It is used mainly for riding. It has a high step and can easily be trained for show competitions. The horse can also be used for show jumping, endurance, dressage and western riding.

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