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No pho­tos iden­ti­fi­able as “pure­bred” Nar­ra­gansett Pac­ers ex­ist; the breed is ex­tinct in unadul­ter­ated form.

The blood of Ham­ble­to­nian 10 (“Rys­dyk’s Ham­ble­to­nian”), born in 1849 and con­sid­ered the founder of the Amer­i­can Stan­dard­bred, spread through­out New Eng­land and the Ohio Val­ley to such an ex­tent that no fast pacer or trot­ter to­day is free of it.

In the lat­ter half of the 19th cen­tury, es­pe­cially dur­ing the pe­riod from the end of the Civil War to the com­ing of mech­a­nized farm equip­ment, Amer­i­can Stan­dard­bred sires were used on mares of many blood­lines to get medium-sized, all-pur­pose farm horses. Par­tic­u­larly in the Ap­palachian South, many of these mares carry au­then­tic Nar­ra­gansett Pacer blood. horse la­beled as a Nar­ra­gansett Pacer

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