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|The Mountain Horses basic characteristics are a medium-sized horse
of gentle temperament with an easy ambling four-beat gait. Ranging
between 13.3 and 16 hands with small heads, short ears, widely spaced eyes,
and soft expressions. Their profiles are usually straight or slightly convex
just above the nostrils. Mountain horses are known for their long life
Horses from Sam Tuttle's stock provide a portion of the foundation horses in the mountain horse associations: Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horses, Rocky Mountain Horses, and Mountain Pleasure Horses. Among all three associations' foundation stock, will be found a sprinkling of American Saddlebred, The Paso Fino and Tennessee Walkers as well as horses with unverified lineage but who strongly demonstrate the desired gait and disposition.
In 1989 research performed at U.K.ís Gluck Research Center in Lexington,
Kentucky, determined that there was sufficient consistency in Mountain
horses to be classified as a new breed. Mountain horse registration has
been limited to those horses that demonstrate as many of the desired traits
as possible, whether their backgrounds are fully known or not. The Mountain
Horse Associations had to focus on a gait (natural, four beat, smooth,
etc) and disposition (docile but alert, calm, willing, full of heart, etc.)
to ensure perpetuation of the breed's characteristics.
|The Mountain Pleasure Horse Breeders & Exhibitors
(MPHBEA) is a new registry dedicated to promoting, preserving, and enhancing the breeding and showing of the breed from the bloodline of the "Old Mountain Horse" of Eastern Kentucky. The MPHBEA is a product of those persons who wish to see the Mtn. Horse recognized outside the Kentucky area. This breed is too wonderful to be kept a secrete. The goal is to promote this outstanding breed through public awareness, by member involvement & input & lastly to bring the horse to a national show horse status. Foundation books are now open for registration.
Color is not a criteria for this association. All horses must be registered and DNA Tested to ensure purity of the breed (MPHBEA is the first Mountain Horse Organization to conduct DNA Testing). Stallions must be a minimum of 14.2 hands, mares & geldings are to be at least 14.0.
Horses must demonstrate a natural four beat gait in order to be registered. The MPHBEA is a not-for-profit corporation; incorporated and registered in the Commonwealth of KY.
|Rocky Mountain Horse®
The breed is best known for gentleness. It is an easy keeper and a wonderful riding horse with a strong heart and endurance. Many of the horses are descendents of Tobe, a stallion owned by Sam Tuttle who stated that he bred for the smooth four beat saddle gait, the excellent disposition, and its versatility. Today the Rocky Mountain Horse® is being used as a pleasure horse, for trail, and competitive or endurance riding. As show horses, the breed is rapidly gaining in popularity because of its beauty and unique way of moving in the ring. The calm temperament of this horse makes it ideally suited for working around cattle and for 4-H projects. Rocky Mountain Horses have a lot of natural endurance, they are sure-footed on rough ground and, because of their gait, they require a minimum of effort by both horse and rider so that together they can cover a greater distance with less tiring.
In 1986 Rocky Mountain Horse Association was formed. The association has established a registry with standards be maintained and a panel of examiners has been set up by the association to provide vigorous supervisors to the growth and development of the breed. To achieve this, ALL horses must be examined for breed characteristics and approved prior to breeding. The established characteristics for the breed are:
1. The horse must be of medium height from 14-2 to 16 hands, a wide chest sloping 45 degrees on the shoulder with bold eyes and well shaped ears.
2. The horse must have a natural ambling four-beat gait (single foot or rack) with no evidence of pacing. When the horse moves you can count four distinct hoof beats which produce a cadence of equal rhythm, just like a walk: left hind, left fore, right hind, right fore. Each individual horse has its own speed and natural way of going, traveling 7-20 miles per hour. This is a naturally occurring gait present from birth that does not require any training aids or action devices (i.e. chains, soring or built up shoes.)
3. It must be of good temperament and easy to manage.
4. All Rocky Mountain Horses® have a solid body color. Facial markings are acceptable so long as they are not excessive. There may not be any white above the knee or hock.
The Rocky Mountain Horse® is a certification mark issued to the Rocky Mountain Horse Association by the U.S. Patent office. This name may be applied only to those horses registered by the Rocky Mountain Horse Association.
Rocky Mountain Horse Association
|Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horses
The Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse has been bred in the hills of Kentucky
for over 200 years. How the Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse got its original
start is still a great mystery, but for centuries the mountain people
of Kentucky bred for a smooth even four beat gait, temperament, disposition
and for a horse that could be self sufficient.
KMSHA requires that all horses have video submitted in order to get
certified for registration.
1. Show it leading with a halter, without a saddle, in a 30 foot circle
2. Show the horse at four angles standing (a) front view; (b) right side;(c)
3. Pick up the horse's foot and show close-up, and show if shoed, the kind
4. Saddle up the horse, mount (record horse and rider as the horse is being
5. Ride the horse on a road or hard surface to hear the count beats, record
In order to achieve our goal that KMSHA horses be ASD (AA) free the Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse Association has adopted the following policy:
1. All existing certified to breed stallions will be grandfathered in,
but must be
The association strongly suggests responsible breeding practices. It is not recommended that ASD (AA) horses be bred. Foals from ASD(AA) parents that are presented for certification must be ASD (AA) free.
Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse Association
|The Mountain Pleasure Horse
Kentucky governor Brereton Jones, in September of 1994 recognized in his official proclamation:
1."The Horsemen of Eastern Kentucky developed a type of horse, known
The Mountain Pleasure Horse is the old-time gaited breed of horse that existed in Kentucky 160 years ago and from which selective breeders developed the Tennessee Walking Horses, American Saddlebred Horse sand more recently Rocky Mountain Horses. Long before these other gaited breeds were in existence, a particular type of horse was being bred on the steep hillsides to work the fields and "ride the best". The Mountain Pleasure Horse quietly existed in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky where the Breeders maintained the old-time horse, by selecting for their basic criteria-- GAIT and DISPOSITION
To be eligible for registration, the horse must meet these and other registration rules concerning conformation:
The Mountain Pleasure Horse a horse who's height will be no less than
58 inches (14.2 hands) at the withers prior to inspection and being permanently
registered. . Medium sized bones, with medium feet in proportion to the
body and a wide, deep chest. The Mountain Pleasure Horse's fore and
hind legs should be free of noticeable deformity with the shoulders sloping,
ideally with an angle of 45 degrees. Any solid body color is acceptable,
however spotted Mountain Pleasure Horses are not encouraged by the association
for breeding or showing. . Standard recognized colors of the Mountain Pleasure
Horse include, but are not limited to, bay, black, chestnut/sorrel, roan,
gray cremello, buckskin, palomino, and chocolate.
An evenly spaced, four beat lateral gait with moderate forward speed and extension, without exaggerated knee or hock action. The gait should be smooth, supple, cadenced and animated with the horse collected and balanced and exhibiting symmetry in flexion and extension.
The MPHA registration books are now closed and only offspring of a registered stallion and a registered mare can be submitted for registration. We have no provisions for "grade mares." The MPHA registration process requires that all horses submitted for permanent registration be videotaped demonstrating gait and the Board of Directors of the MPHA must approve each horse. The MPHA requires that all its horses be blood typed by the University of Kentucky for absolute identification of parentage before papers are issued.
Mountain Pleasure Horse Association
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