The Spotted Mountain Horse
Association is a division of the Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse
Association, with offices located in Lexington, Kentucky.
Membership in the Spotted Mountain Horse Association comes with a
wide range of benefits for you and your family to enjoy.
Members receive a subscription to the Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse
News, which lists trail rides, shows, and other equine events
located across the states throughout the year. There is always
an activity to participate in
for you and your horse.
Youth members are offered a chance to participate in the youth
program. SMHA offers local and national horse shows with high
point programs specifically catered to the youth. The juvenile
drill team performs at equine affairs locally and nationally and
competes with the 4-H. SMHA youth also hold fun shows and
fundraisers throughout the year.
Throughout the year you will find
weekend trail rides and cookouts for members. SMHA offers a
member trail riding club with participants receiving various awards
based upon completed trail miles.
If you are interested in showing your
Spotted Mountain Horse, classes are included in the Kentucky
Mountain Saddle Horse show program. There are several
different divisions including Western, Trail Obstacle, Country Trail
Pleasure, Trail Pleasure, Classic Pleasure, Park Pleasure and Open
Four Gait Pleasure. Classes are offered for Novice, Juvenile,
Amateur, and Professional riders. Horses are not permitted to
wear shoes heavier than a standard "keg" in all divisions. The
annual Kentucky Mountain Spotted International Grand Championships
Horse Show is held in October at the Kentucky Horse Park in
(pronounced: tow be
The dark color usually covers one
or both flanks.
Generally, all four legs are
white, at least below the hocks and knees.
Pattern of white marking that
commonly take the form of large splashes. Generally, the
spots are regular ad distinct as ovals or round patterns that
extend down over the neck and chest and will travel across the
spine extending downward between the ears and tail in a clearly
The head is usually dark except
for a facial marking pattern - blaze, strip, star, or snip.
A tobiano may be either
predominantly dark or white. The tail is often two colors.
The eyes are usually dark.
(pronounced: oh vair' oh)
The white originates on the
underside (belly) of the horse and will rarely cross the back of
the horse between its withers and its tail.
Generally, at least one and often
all four legs are dark.
Generally, the white is irregular,
and is rather scattered or splashy.
Head markings are predominately
white, often bald, apron, or bonnet-faced.
An overo may be either
predominantly dark or white. The tail is usually one
color. The eyes are commonly blue.
With color and markings similar to
a roan, the sabino is genetically different.
Usually markings will be on the
belly and appear to extend outward from the belly as patches
that are flecked and roaned, with ragged edges. The legs
often have white extending upward in peaks or points along the
front or back of the leg bones; disconnected white leg markings
The face commonly has a lot of
white. The eyes of sabino are often blue and many have
eyes that are partially blue and brown.
Sabinos can be all or nearly pure
white (appearing extensively roaned) though they will usually
retain a small patch of pigmented skin.
tow vair' oh)
This horse will show
characteristics of both overo and tobiano color patterns.
Dark pigmentation around the ears,
which may expand to cover the forehead and/or eyes.
One or both eyes blue.
Dark pigmentation around the
mouth, which may extend up the sides of the face and form spots.
Chest spot(s) in varying sizes.
These may also extend up the neck.
Flank spots(s) ranging in sizes.
These are often accompanied by smaller spots that extend forward
across the barrel, and up over the loin.
Spots, varying in size, at the
base of the tail.