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    03-05-2009, 05:10 PM
Spotted Mountain

Does anyone have any information about this breed?
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    03-05-2009, 05:44 PM
I've never heard of it. Is it a cross between a KMSH and a SSH?
    03-05-2009, 06:52 PM
They are associated with the KMSHA (Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse) but I don't know much more than that. We were given a Spotted Mountain just the other day. She's cute!!! Small built but not pony small. I was just trying to find out more about her.....she is registered and is a gaited horse but beyond that I don't know very much.

I guess I just have to go off the Kentucky Mountain Saddle for information on them?
    03-07-2009, 11:20 AM
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That are the same as a KMSH, just like a paint is to a QH
    03-07-2009, 11:27 AM
A Kentucky Mountain Saddle horse can't have excessive markings. I believe (don't quote me ) that the Spotted association was started for those horses that didn't fit color wise into the KMSHA requirements. They are basically the same horse just more colorful
    03-13-2009, 05:57 PM
Ok thank you!!! That's what I was starting to think but wasn't completely sure so I thought I'd ask.
    03-14-2009, 08:31 PM
The Rocky mountain, Kentucky mountain Spotted mountain are basically the same horse with some differences in DNA markers. The Rocky association closed its book (the KMSHA book is now closed too) and there was some disagreement and fear of turning the family tree into a palm with inbreeding. In 1989 the KMSHA split off from the Rocky group. In 2002, the Spotted Mountain Horse Association (SMHA) was formed as a subsidiary of the KMSHA to register spotted mountain horses.
The Rocky, Kentucky, Spotted, Mountain etc folks like to say the horses are different breeds but in my opinion they are all the same. All bred from the same foundation stock.
    06-23-2009, 08:55 PM
My understanding is that the Kent. Mtn. Has fewer requirements than the Rocky Mtn. Registry. The Rocky registry is STRICT and the Kent. Mtns. Can be registered if they have the 4 beat gait, and not much else is required.
    06-24-2009, 12:04 PM
I've been doing some research after a discussion in another thread. The Rocky Mountain horse association does hold the registered trademark of the breed. I assume this is why they are the only Old Tobe line horses recognized as a breed.
The RMHA was formed first but because of disagreements in breed standards the KMSHA was formed and after that the SMHA.
The KMSHA only allows registration of a foal from parents in which at least one of them is certified KMSH
The RMHA on the other hand only allows registration to foals born where both parents are RMH
Both certified parents, either rocky, kentucky or spotted must be, through DNA, traceable to the foundation stallion.
Neither the RMH and KMSH can have excessive white markings. The KMSHA started the registry of the spotted horse so those born with the correct parentage but the wrong coloring could be registered.
I'm pretty sure this is all correct, if there is someone from the office of either registry who reads this and finds a discrepancy feel free to correct me

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