We have one question that seems to escape answer. Does the AA Double Agouti gene trait really help a horse's value? And if so how? These guys we have been helping have a great farm and some of the best riding horses I have been on but is color that big a issues? I mean they have buckskin's, cremello's, perlino's, and such but to the rider/buyer is color that important? I am into draft horses and I have never bought for color. These guys breed for color, and for grait two things I am not fully understanding. They have stallions for sale that are beautiful but what makes the color so damn important to a rider?
I've never bought a horse based on color. If you are in the market for a gaited horse, I can understand shopping for the best representation of said gait, but color...no. And both of these things are secondary to conformation. Pretty icing doesn't make the cake good.
There is no purebred Rocky Mountain Walking horses. There are Rocky Mountain Horses that are a breed separate from the Tennessee Walkers. I suppose that he could be crossbreeding them.
The "agouti gene" is referring to the gene responsible for producing the "black points" on bays and buckskins. It takes one agouti gene and one creme gene to produce a buckskin. The double agouti would increase your chances of getting a buckskin if breeding to a cremello.
Rocky Mountain Horses are bred for gait, conformation and disposition but they are sold often because people love their color and long manes. Rockies can come in any solid color but are best known for the chocolate colors.
I think you have done a great job on the web site. Very easy to get from place to place and good information layout. We have 4 Rocky mountain- Kentucky mountain saddle horses. All different colors. I think the Rocky people are a little more into color than the Kentucky. Same horse as far as I'm concerned just different registry's They are both based in Kentucky, I think there was some feuding going on at one time that's why the split in the registry. They are suppose to be bred for gait and temperament not necessarily color. Its the buyers who drive the market and it seems a lot of people want the chocolate/flaxen.