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Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horses are from the U.S. state ofrnKentucky. They were developed as an all-around farm and riding horse.

rnrnThey are related to the Tennessee Walking Horse and otherrngaited breeds, but their exact early history is unknown. Kentucky MountainrnSaddle Horses have a similar history to the Rocky Mountain Horse, and togetherrnare sometimes called "Mountain Pleasure Horses". The KentuckyrnMountain Saddle Horse was developed by farmers looking for a small horse thatrncould perform dual duty as a powerful work horse and comfortable riding horse.rnThey were used for long travel over rough terrain, and were developed to haverngentle temperaments so that they could be handled by young members of the farmrnfamilies. Today, they continue to be used as riding horses, and are regarded asrnexcellent trail mounts in rugged terrain.rnrn 

rnrnThe KMSHA was founded in 1989. In 2002, a subsidiaryrnorganization, the SMHA, was formed to register horses who had more whiternmarkings than were allowed by the KMSHA. As of 2011, the KMSHA has over 3,200rnmembers and has registered over 24,000 horses. The majority of the horses arernin Kentucky, but the breed is also seen throughout the US, as well as in Canadarnand a small population in Europe. The KMSHA and SMHA host a jointrnchampionship show each year at the Kentucky Horse Park.rnrn 

rnrnIn 1989 the Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse Associationrn(KMSHA) was formed, and in 2002, the subsidiary Spotted Mountain HorsernAssociation (SMHA) was developed to register Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horsesrnwith excessive white markings and pinto patterns. Conformation standards arernthe same for the two groups of horses, with the main difference being the colorrnrequirements. The KMSHA studbook is now closed to horses from unregisteredrnparents, although it cross-registers with several other registries, while thernSMHA studbook remains open.

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