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arrowsaway 02-11-2012 07:20 PM

A horse is a horse is a horse...
Could someone enlighten me as to what the difference is between Rocky Mountain, Kentucky Mountain, and TWHs are? The Rockies and KMHs seem to come in silver dapple and chocolate, which TWHs rarely do. This is the only difference I can really discern... Perhaps I'm just being dumb. :lol:

What in their genetics makes them different?
How are their gaits different?
Is there any discipline that one is more suited to than another, and why?
Feel free to provide pictures to illustrate your explanations.

Thanks in advance!

equiniphile 02-11-2012 07:39 PM

Each breed has a unique gait and a different history. I suggest reading Lee Ziegler's Easy-Gaited Horses; it's really quite interesting. :-)

walkinthewalk 02-12-2012 10:05 AM

One really has to dig deep into the history of each gaited breed.

It's easy to trace back the Tennessee Wakers. Rocky's and KMSHA's - not so much.

While Tobe is considered the first foundation stallion of the Rocky's, I am not aware of anything that documents who Tobe was decended from.

History of the breed

If memory serves me correctly, I think I remember quite a bit of hoopla over the discovery of a small pocket of heretofore unkown gaited horses somewhere in Kentucky.

I believe that was back in the 70's and some time later the Kentucky Mountain Horse registry was founded.

Please note in the following link that credit is given to "Tobe, owned by Sam Tuttle" as the KMSHA foundation horse; that would be the same stallion that is listed on the RMH registries.
Meet the Kentucky Mountain Horse - Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse Profile

The Tennessee Walking Horse folks have kept a much more detailed account of their heritage.

Breeds of Livestock - Tennessee Walking Horse

If I had to guess, I would say that the beloved Tobe, owned by Sam Tuttle, could very easily be traced to a horse with Walking Horse lineage or, the Morgan horse as Morgan are gaited whether people like it or not. There is a gaited Morgan horse registry that is trying to keep their single foot alive and well.

This link discusses all gaited breeds, in general. It clearly shows that gaited horses are nothing new in the equine world. They'e been around for quite a few centuries:D

Hope this helps -- at the very least reading these links will be an interesting learning experience.

arrowsaway 02-12-2012 03:27 PM

thanks for the suggestions, guys! ^^

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