PROFILE OF THE MOUNTAIN HORSE
are now four Mountain Horse breeds, The Mountain Pleasure Horse
Association, The Rocky Mountain Horse Association, The Kentucky Mountain
Saddle Horse Association and The Spotted Mountain Horse Association; all
having registries based in Kentucky, U.S.A.
types of mountain horses primarily have the same traits and
characteristics, breed differences being genetic foundation and some
diversity in registration and certification criteria. The basic
characteristics are: a medium-sized horse of gentle temperament and
easy to handle, with a smooth lateral four-beat gait, being a single foot
or rack. When the horse moves, you can count four distinct hoof beats of
equal rhythm, just like the walk. Each individual horse has its own
speed and natural way of going, traveling at an average of 7-20 miles
per hour. This is a naturally occurring gait, present from birth, that
does not require any training aids or action devices and is very
comfortable to ride.
Mountain Horse usually has a solid body color featuring all colors, but
the crowd favorite is a chocolate body color with white or flax mane and
tail. The Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse Association initiated the
Spotted Mountain Saddle Horse Association to include Mountain Horses who
posses the same gait and temperament but have a variety of color and
spots over the horse’s body. All Mountain Horses are very easy
keepers and because of its nature can tolerate winters with minimum
breeds originated about 200 years ago in the hills of eastern Kentucky.
One might say they are a “do it all kinda horse”. The Mountain Horse
could pull a plow or cart, work cattle, be ridden by children to the
fishing hole or ridden to town comfortably. These horses have a lot of
natural endurance. They are sure-footed on rough ground and can cover a
great distance without tiring. Because of their unique gait,
minimum effort is required by both horse and rider.
the Mountain Horse is being enjoyed as a pleasure horse, trail horse,
competitive show horse and for endurance riding.
A common statement once a rider feels the gait for the first time is: “I’ll never trot again!”
You can only stand to gain by getting to know these kind horses.
To learn more about these wonderful horses, visit these sites:
Rocky Mountain Horse Association:
Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse Association:
Pleasure Horse Association: www.mtn-pleasure-horse.org
Spotted Mountain Horse Association:
United Mountain Horse Association: www.unitedmountainhorse.org