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History of Breed

Mountain Horse history is a bit of a mystery. It is a long established belief that around the turn of the 20th century a young horse appeared in Kentucky with such a unique set of characteristics, it quickly became the favorite of Kentucky farmers. Not only did this horse have the strength, power and endurance to be an excellent workhorse, it also had a natural gait and a docile, well-behaved temperament that made it ideal for providing comfortable rides for its owners, whether individually or drawing a carriage into town. Now small farmers did not need to have both "pleasure" and draft" horses, the Mountain Horse could do both and extremely well.

Minimal upkeep was another advantage the Mountain Horse gave the farmer. They needed minimal shelter (no need for expensive stalls and blankets) and they grazed on the pasture so food costs were also minimized. Time-consuming training was dramatically lessened since the Mountain Horse's gait was 100% natural from birth.

The Mountain Horse was such a Godsend to the farmers that they took great pains to insure that the breed maintain its positive qualities. If a Mountain Horse had a bad disposition, it was either put down or isolated so it could not pass on bad blood and would always remain naturally friendly.

Unfortunately, during the Great Depression in the early 1930's, these magnificent horses were sold for as little as $1.00 each to provide food for starving families. As a result, they were on the Agricultural Department's Endangered Species list for many years.

In the 1980's, groups of Mountain Horse owners, concerned that this breed might become extinct because of its low numbers, formed associations to preserve the qualities and protect the dwindling number of living horses. One of the methods was to crossbreed with blood from American Saddlebreds, Tennessee Walking Horses and others. Today the Mountain Horse is an exceptionally beautiful, medium height breed equally at ease whether trail riding or in the Show Ring.

To quote one of this breed's admirer's "No amount of words, pictures or video can do justice to this horse; one can only truly appreciate this breed by seeing it personally."

We invite you to come see this special breed personally at Sundance Stables.


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