The modern show ring parade horse can be of any breed, with American Saddlebreds, Morgans, and Hackney ponies being some favorite choices. A typical turn-out for a parade horse includes elaborate forms of Western tack including a bridle, breast-collar, and stock saddle adorned heavily with silver. The rider is most commonly attired in brightly-colored, elaborately decorated Western wear typical of the "Old West" in United States history. A winning parade horse has impeccable manners and is shown at two gaits: the animated walk and the “parade gait” —a true, straight, square, high-prancing, balanced, and collected trot.

Learn more about competing in the parade horse discipline with US Equestrian! 

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