Q: Is the Rocky mountain horse a color breed? i.e. Chocolate?


A: No, The RMHA estimates approximately 50% of our registered horses carry the silver gene but it is not a color breed, in fact they come in all colors! (CLICK HERE TO SEE EXAMPLES) However, the silver gene is rare when compared to other horse breeds. This makes the breed stand out.



Q: Is it true that you cannot canter a gaited horse? Like the Rocky?


A: NO! Some may say that cantering may "ruin" the gait, but this simply is not true. The canter gait needs to be built up just like the gait (in terms of muscle strength) but you can help your gaited horse by doing many transitions to canter!


Q: Do I have to ride in a specific kind of saddle for my gaited horse or Rocky?

A: This is another misconception, you do not have to seek out any gaited specific saddle for your Rocky. In fact I highly suggest finding the appropriate fit with a certified saddle fitter when selecting a saddle. Fit the tack to the back! Not the other way around!



Q: Was the Rocky Mountain Horse produced in the Rocky Mountains?

A: No, in fact they were produced in the hills of Kentucky and surrounding area. 



Q: Why don't I often see the Rocky mountain horse?

A: The Breed is still extremely rare, only 20,000-30,000 individuals are traceable worldwide. About half of these still reside in Kentucky and the surrounding area. 



Q: Is a Rocky capable of doing other things beside trail riding?

A: YES, Rockies are athletic and extremely versatile. They are shown in gymkhana, Jumping, endurance, cattle work and many others.



Q: Is the Rocky Mountain Horse related to the Kentucky Mountain Horse?

A: Sometimes! The Rocky Mountain Horse is a breed registry that promotes the origins of 5 founding sires. Kentucky Mountain Horses continue to have open books to any gaited breed as long as they pass the certification process. This breed is a more "Type" not a "Breed" organization. Most of the time Rocky Mountain can be Kentucky Mountain registered but not the other way around. 

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