The Rocky Mountain horse is a recent breed with the studbook registry opening in 1986.
Like many American horses, it has Spanish origins as they were brought to the New World in the 16th century.
Developed by San Tuttle of Stout Springs, Kentucky, who ran the riding concession at the Natural Bridge State Resort Park.
His stallion called Old Tobe was popular, placid, and surefooted with a natural ambling gait that was inherited from his Spanish forebears.
The typical height is around 14.2hh (1.45m) with the much prized after colour being rich chocolate brown with flaxen mane and tail.
With a graceful head looking typically Spanish resting on a long arched neck, which is unusual in a pony.
Good-sized hindquarters, particularly neatly shaped and strong feet designed to move over rugged terrain at speed.
Overall they are a horse, where everybody part is in just the right proportion to all of the other body parts.
It is a hardy pony that can survive bitter winter weather.
An established characteristic is a natural ambling four-beat gait (single foot or rack) with no evidence of pacing.
When the horse moves you can count four distinct hoof beats, which produce a cadence of equal rhythm, just like a walk: left hind, left fore, right hind, right fore.
Each individual horse has its own speed and natural way of going, travelling 7 to 20 miles per hour.
This is a naturally occurring gait, present from birth that does not require any training aids or action devices.
The breed is used for general riding pleasure horse, harness work and trail riding, in the show ring and also for endurance riding.
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