History of the Rocky Mountain Horse
Tradition has it that around the turn of the century a young horse appeared in eastern Kentucky that gave rise to a line of horses that have been prized and treasured. Legend has it that a family traveling East from "out west" stopped in a small eastern Kentucky town and traded a young colt for provisions. The horse demonstrated a natural four beat gait, was gentle and people-friendly, and was bred to local saddle horses. This was the beginning of the Rocky Mountain Horse. Years later, Sam Tuttle, wanting to preserve the incredibly smooth four beat gait, gentle nature and strength of the horse, further refined these characteristics and produced Tobe who is recognized as the foundation Rocky Mountain Horse.
The basic characteristics are a medium-sized horse of gentle temperament with an easy ambling four beat gait. This gait made it the horse of choice on the farms and the rugged foothills of the Appalachians. It was a horse for all seasons. It could pull the plows in the small fields, work cattle, be ridden bareback by four children to the fishing hole, or to town comfortably on Saturday. They even performed well hitched to the buggy Sunday morning to go to church. Because of its cold-blooded nature, it has tolerated the winters in Kentucky with a minimum of shelter. Naturally, out crossing with local horses did occur but the basic characteristics of a strong genetic line continued.
The breed is best known for gentleness. It is an easy keeper and a wonderful riding horse with a strong heart and endurance. Today the Rocky Mountain Horse is being used as a pleasure horse, for trail and competitive or endurance riding. As show horses, the breed is rapidly gaining in popularity because of its beauty and unique way of moving in the ring. These horses have a lot of natural endurance; they are sure-footed on rough ground and because of their gait, require a minimum of effort by both horse and rider, so that together they can cover a greater distance with less tiring.
The characteristics established for the breed are:
At Cedar Grove Rocky Mountain Horse Farm our goal is to preserve the characteristics of the wonderful, gentle, smooth-gaited Rocky Mountain Horse through limited and selective breeding of exceptional stock. Training starts with imprinting our foals at birth and continues with natural horsemanship methods of ground training, driving, and under saddle training. Since we have only a few babies each year, we have the luxury of being able to give each of them personal hands-on training over several years. As a result, our under saddle horses for sale are experienced trail horses and wonderful companions.