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9×12 watercolor enhanced colored pencil. Original available.

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The American Rocky Mountain Pony is probably the latest addition to the world’s horse population. The registry was opened as recently as 1986, but since then there has been a steady development of this distinctive and attractive animal. Further recognition of the Rocky Mountain Pony has been given by the inclusion of a good specimen in the Breeds’ Barn at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.
Breeding Visually, it is not difficult to see the connection between the Rocky Mountain Pony and the Spanish imports of early American history. However, credit for the development of the Rocky Mountain belongs to Sam Tuttle of Stout Springs, Kentucky, who held the riding concession at Natural Bridge State Park. Tuttle’s stallion, Old Tobe, was a favorite with the riders because of his smooth and surefooted lateral gait (the amble or pace). He was a prepotent, prolific sire who became the patriarch of a distinctive group of horses that inherited his conformation, action, and temperament.
Characteristics The gait and the unusal coloring are the principal features of the Rocky Mountain Pony. It ambles smoothly on rough ground at about 7 mph (11 km/h), and can reach speeds of 16 mph (25 km/h) for shorter distances on the flat. The most prized coat coloring is the unusual rich chocolate shade accompanied by a flaxen mane and tail. The breed is hardy and able to tolerate severe mountain winters (info from Eyewitness Handbook – Horses).

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  • jellymania
    jellymaniaabout 7 years ago

    simply gorgeous!

  • rockinsue
    rockinsueabout 7 years ago

    awesome, I love your work so very much

  • BarbBarcikKeith
    BarbBarcikKeithabout 7 years ago

    Boy.. you folks are really fast! I just finished uploading and already have comments.. wow.. thank you so much..

  • Teleis
    Teleisabout 7 years ago

    your work is awesome

  • Laura J Smith
    Laura J Smithabout 7 years ago

    Another gorgeous piece. I love this series you are doing! It would be nice if on the cards they would put the image information that you posted on the backs. I’d buy one of each!! =}

  • David Stuart
    David Stuartabout 7 years ago

    Beautiful work !!

  • SylviaHardy
    SylviaHardyabout 7 years ago

    This is so stunning!

  • Darlene Ruhs
    Darlene Ruhsabout 7 years ago

    I know I’ve said it before Barb, but you are amazingly talented! What a magnificent piece of work this is!

  • BarbBarcikKeith
    BarbBarcikKeithabout 7 years ago

    Laura, very interesting concept.. think the powers that be would listen to that idea? Well.. you could always buy one of each and hand letter the info on the back.. or.. use your computer to print it.. all possibilities.. thanks for the idea though.. AND thank you all!!

  • StacyLee
    StacyLeeabout 7 years ago

    This series is stunning! You are very talented!

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