The SMHA was started in 2002
because there was a need for a registry recognizing the Spotted
Mountain Horse. For registration eligibility the horse must perform
a smooth, natural four-beat gait either barefoot or with a standard
keg shoe. No heavy shoes, bands, or aids are permitted.
horse must have white body markings other than on the face and legs,
and show a willing or gentle disposition. They must have good
conformation with a well-proportioned body, head, and legs.
The history of the Spotted
Mountain Horse, like the Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse, dates back
to the early days in Appalachia when a versatile horse was needed to
work the family farm, provide a smooth ride, or pull the family
buggy into town.
Colorful and flashy, the
Spotted Mountain Horse’s have been a treasure to their owners. They
are available in a variety of colors such as black and white, bay
and white, red and white, buckskin and white, as well as many
different coat patterns.
Perhaps you own a horse that
would make a good addition to our association. The registry books
are open and accepting applications on eligible horses. Please
contact the KMSHA/SMHA office for more information on registration
If you are interested in
purchasing a Spotted Mountain Horse we also have a newly published
brochure with information on their history, and a list of breeders.
I would also invite you to explore our web site,
www.smha.biz to learn more
about the breed and to view a list of KMSHA-sanctioned shows in your
There are several
opportunities to show your Spotted Mountain Horse. Classes are held
in conjunction with the KMSHA show circuit. We have many different
divisions and show opportunities for all levels of riders. The SMHA
is also represented at many breed fairs, parades, and events
throughout the United States and Canada.
As the association continues
to grow, we are taking on new members and new horses. The reputation
of the Spotted Mountain Horse continues to grow as a versatile
family, show, and trail horse. Consider a Spotted Mountain Horse as
your next best friend!