The Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse is one of the most beautiful horse breeds. These horses usually have compact, small framed yet muscular bodies. The eyes are gentle and the ears medium sized. The neck is of medium length and width. The legs are thin and graceful. The overall appearance of the Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse is athletic yet elegant.
13.1 to 16 hands
Available in all solid colors. They sometimes have white markings on the face and legs. The mane and tail come in a variety of colors.
These horses are friendly and easy going and it is not uncommon for them to carry their riders without a saddle (despite what their name suggests). They are very easy to handle and sensible horses. They will not bulk easily if they hear a sudden, loud noise and this makes them a safe ride for most. They are also quite social animals.
As their name suggests, Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horses are perfect for riding. They have a natural, smooth gait, which they are able to maintain even at high speeds. This means that riders remain very steady while their horses carry them. The smooth ride this breed offers, makes it a suitable fit for people with back problems, the disabled, seniors, first time riders or even children. They are sometimes used to pull carts and sleighs.
Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horses are very easy to keep. They can thrive on grain, grass and hay and require frequent outdoors access in order to exercise.
The Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse has been bred in eastern Kentucky for more than 160 years. Its ancestry involves the Tennessee Walking Horse as well as horses from Florida and North and South Carolina. It was developed to be a truly family horse, serving multiple purposes within the rural family. It pulled carts, was used in agriculture and of course for riding; it was ridden bareback even by children. A registry was developed for the breed in 1989. Today, there are three different registries in Kentucky.
These horses have long lives; records indicate that they often reach their 40's.