A Little History
Tradition has it that at the turn of the 20th Century, the first Mountain Stallion (Tobe) was brought to Kentucky where he was bred to the gaited mares in Kentucky that were of Spanish origin. Tobe was an extra gentle and well-natured stallion that was used as a trail horse at Kentucky Natural Bridge State Park, taking novice riders out every day and was also used as a breeding stallion. Tobe was bred and ridden up until his death at 37 years old. Many Mountain Horse pedigrees trace back to Tobe.
Since development of the breed occurred over many years in a remote area of the Appalachian Mountains, an exceptionally well-tempered horse was produced that is fast becoming the most trusted family horse in the country. They possessed a gentle, willing temperament and a natural four-beat gait with mixtures of dark, solid body colors and flaxen manes and tails. Over time, select breeding in an isolated area made these special traits become even more pronounced and dominant, resulting in what has become known as the Mountain Horse of today.
MOUNTAIN HORSE CHARACTERISTICS
All Mountain Horses are born with a natural, four-beat gait, requiring no special shoeing or training device. You can actually count the four distinct hoof beats, even when they are young! Mountain Horses are excellent for trail riding. Because of their sure-footed You can cover twice the ground and come back home without a sore back. Of the gaited horses, they are one of the smoothest.
Firstly, Mountain Horses are truly people pleasers and will actually seek you out in a large pasture, coming to you for love and attention! They are quick learners at an early age. Amazingly, these horses are able to sense the ability of any rider, whether novice or experienced, and adapt to that rider's skill. Mountain Horses are best known for their gentle temperament, making them an excellent choice for children. Originally, when these horses were first bred, the simple criteria they were judged by was gait and disposition. Mountain Horses are extremely hardy and have more endurance than most horses, for both work, and trail riding. Because they are cold-blooded in nature, they can withstand harsher winters better than other breeds, requiring a minimum of shelter, making them, literally, a horse for all seasons.
Color & Conformation
Not being a large horse, Mountain Horses are usually medium in size ranging from 14.3 to 16 hands. They come in various colors but are known for their chocolate color bodies with flaxen mane and tail. They have limited white markings on their face and legs.
The Ultimate Trail Horse?
The Mountain Horses are very gentle and calm horses and making them excellent trail horses. Their calm nature and cold blood make them much more suited for the trail than other warm blood horses. Their smooth gait takes trail riding to a whole new level. No more sore backs and knees! Most people find that they can ride one of these horses twice as long as other horses and still be less sore the next day. The Mountain horse has one of the smoothest gaits. We couldn't believe it until we saw it. While at a Mountain Horse competition, our dad said to line up any one of the horses in the arena with the hand rail that went around the arena and tell him what we saw. Well, after the horse went around once, we saw that the horse's head was pretty much even with the hand rail the entire ride around the ring. My dad pointed out, that that was how smooth and even of a ride you will have on any Mountain Horse. Wow, now that's a smooth ride!
It Just Takes One Ride! Come find out for yourself!