Quote 4the day: For want of a nail the shoe is lost, for want of a shoe the horse is lost, for want of a horse the rider is lost. English Proverb
The Narragansett Pacer was the first horse breed developed in the United States, but is now extinct. It was developed in the United States during the 18th century and associated closely with the state of Rhode Island, and it had become extinct by the late 19th century. The Pacer was developed from a mix of English and Spanish breeds, although the exact cross is unknown, and they were known to and owned by many famous personages of the day, including George Washington. Sales to the Caribbean and cross-breeding diminished the breed to the point of extinction, and the last known Pacer died around 1880.
The Narragansett was possibly an ambling horse, rather than a true pacing breed. It was known as a sure footed, dependable breed, although not flashy or always good looking. Pacers were used for racing and general riding. They were frequently crossed with other breeds, and provided the foundation for several other American breeds, including the American Saddlebred, Standardbred and Tennessee Walking Horse.
Highly valued by plantation owners of the 19th century, the Narragansett Pacer had a major influence on many American gaited breeds. The breed was especially associated with the state of Rhode Island in the early 18th century, but had become extinct by the late 19th century. It was known as the first breed of horse developed in America. The exact origins of the breed are unknown. However, it is probably that it developed from a cross between English "ambling" horses and Spanish breeds. These Spanish breeds often included bloodlines that included lateral gaits. The horses that developed from this cross were known for their smoothness and sure-footedness over poor terrain. It is theorized that the English horses which contributed to the Narragansett Pacer descended from were members of the Irish Hobby breed; another possible ancestor is the Galloway pony. In the early 18th century, William Robinson, the Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, began the serious development of the breed with a stallion named "Old Snip"—speculated to be either an Irish Hobby or an Andalusian and considered the father of the breed.
In 1768, George Washington owned and raced a Narragansett Pacer, while in 1772 Edmund Burke asked an American friend for a pair. Paul Revere possibly rode a Pacer during his 1775 ride to warn the Americans of a British march. The extinction was due mainly to the breed being sold in such large numbers to sugar cane planters in the West Indies that breeding stock was severely diminished in the United States. The few horses that were left were crossbred to create and improve other breeds and the pure strain of the Narragansett soon became extinct. North Carolina was also a noted breeder of the Narragansett, with breeding stock having been brought to the area as early as 1790 by early pioneers. The last known Pacer, a mare, died around 1880.Characteristics
An American Saddlebred, a descendent of the Narragansett, in the early 1900s
The Narragansett Pacer was not exclusively a pacing horse, as there is strong evidence that it exhibited an ambling gait, which is a four beat intermediate-speed gait, while the pace is a two beat intermediate-speed gait. The amble is more comfortable to ride than the pace, and Narragansett Pacers were known for their qualities as both riding and driving horses. They averaged around 14.1 hands (57 inches, 145 cm) high and were generally chestnut in color. James Fenimore Cooper described them as follows: "They have handsome foreheads, the head clean, the neck long, the arms and legs thin and tapered."; however, another source stated "The hindquarters are narrow and the hocks a little crooked..." but also said, "They are very spirited and carry both the head and tail high. But what is more remarkable is that they amble with more speed than most horses trot, so that it is difficult to put some of them upon a gallop." Other viewers of the breed rarely called them stylish or good-looking, although they considered them dependable, easy to work with and sure footed.
Thought 4the day: We all have our little ways and quirks just like our friends do. When Henry has had enough of his bucket in his stable after eating he likes to throw it over the stable door at the next innocent person that walks past!!!! They never get a warning just the bucket!!!! His now at one end of the yard so that people don't get faced with his rubber bucket he he he They all have their little ways. we never leave a whip around Henry either as he picks them up and smacks people lol What does your horse do that makes you laugh that is not ordinary!!! As none of them are!!!!!