Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse
Spotted Mountain Horse
Julie, a Spotted Mountain Horse, has arrived in
Until February of this year I owned two Arabian
horses. Last fall after much thinking I decided to sell both
of them. It was not easy because they were both really nice horses
but not quite right for me. Since Iím not young anymore Ė became 60
this year Ė I felt I wanted a calmer and less spooky horse than the
daughter has a quarter horse, I know they are calm. For a while I
thought about getting a quarter. However Iīd like to continue
my endurance competing - so far Iíve ridden 1400 km - and wanted a
lighter horse. Therefore I started to look at different breeds. I
discovered the KMSH. I really liked what I read about them; their
temperament, their special gait and, of course, their beauty. I went
on the Internet looking for more information about the breed and
discovered that there were no Kentucky Mountain horses in Europe.
Just a few fillies and I wanted a grown horse. At the KMSHA homepage
I found several breeders. I started to think about the possibility
of going to Kentucky to buy a horse. In the beginning of May, after
being in contact with three farms, I went to Kentucky together with
my daughter and an old friend.
Then we met
Dave Stefanic at Classic Farm. After having tried two geldings which
both were very nice Dave showed us his other horses. Suddenly my
daughter noticed a horse in a pasture. It was Julie! I went into her
pasture and she was so friendly and social. She still had her winter
coat on but looked special anyway. Dave told us she had little
training and had not been ridden for a while. However she was for
sale and they could train her some more for me. He said that we
should come back the next day and she would be bathed and his son,
Jason would show her for us.
movements! Her dark chocolate colored coat, long mane and four
stockings white as snow. Jason showed us the most beautiful horse
Iíve ever seen. I decided that Julie was the one!
at Classic Farm for six weeks. After almost a week traveling, she
arrived to Sweden June 19th. She was tired but in good condition and
she ate and drank at once. Julie is still tired and sleeps a lot so
Iíve just ridden her briefly a few times. She is very nice and seems
to learn easily. She is also very cuddly, likes to be brushed a lot
and comes to me in the pasture. I have noticed that she, unlike the
Arabians, isnít afraid of things like garbage cans and hoses. She
stands quietly while mounted. Iíve decided to take it slow with her
and give her time to become acclimatized. Part of the day Julie now
stays out in the pasture with our two other horses and they have
already become friends.
attracted much attention in our little village and many people think
she is beautiful. When a lady from a horse magazine heard about
Julie she said she wanted to come and do a story about her and the
My plans for
me and Julie in the future are to compete in endurance and in
Western Riding. We will do a lot of trail riding and Iím looking
forward to spending many hours in the saddle. I feel that I found my
dream horse at last. Iím sure that we will become good companions.
Thatís the most important thing for me.