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|our state�s growth & progression. For example during the Civil War this breed impartially accompanied many
KY men into the battlefield and carried those home to their families, that did not survive. From the by this breed.
The old mountaineers bred for characteristics & qualities that would assist in simplifying their lives. It is
believed that the breed originated from the mixing of different breeds of horses that suited ones own needs.
Two characteristics that were of utmost importance were intelligence & surefootedness. This enhanced their
calm temperament, & provided for an abundance of stamina & a good instinct for self-preservation. Thusly,
depending on what area of Eastern KY one was in would dictate which characteristics appeared to be most
dominant. One area would breed for more flashiness or style while another would breed for more color or
endurance & so on. Despite what characteristics were valued most, this breed has been able to maintain
character & quality through out the years.
For many, the natural gaited horse has been a life-long friend and a part of their heritage. Society today is in an
economical position where this horse can be completely admired & enjoyed vs. being used for survival. KNGHA
believes this breed has always earned respect within the confines of Eastern KY. However, those outside of
these boundaries & communities are being deprived of the wonderful pleasure brought about by the natural
gaited horse. Therefore, the KNGHA�s goal is to spread the natural gaited horse word to all of those who are
interested and may possibly want to be a part of enjoying & preserving this breed.
The KNGHA was formed to preserve the original qualities of the breed of horse that originated in Kentucky in the
1800's. Most notably is the perseverance of a natural four beat gait that is rhythmic and appealing to the eye.
The capability of the horse to maintain this gait over numerous miles without wear to the rider spurred
popularity that continues today. Other characteristics include a remarkable calm and good-natured disposition,
the ability to concisely maneuver in all types of terrain, the overall intelligence of the horse especially in intense
frightening situations, and the loyalty it shows to its human counterpart. The Natural Gaited Horse is a loyal
friend; a true trail companion and can easily carry to you to your destination. The Natural Gaited Horse is an
easy keeper and is glad to see you when you come calling. You can amble down the trail all day and rack into the
show ring that evening. Stallions are often trail ridden and shown in the same classes as mares. Most
importantly, the Natural Gaited Horse is a horse for the entire family. To the elderly the ride is smooth and
For those new to this horse the limited historical documentation states it is a result of mixing the best of the
early gaited breeds of the United States. Preliminary research conducted by the University of Kentucky has
verified that the natural gaited horse originated from the same foundation stock as other American gaited horse
breeds. Until the University of Kentucky completes research no one can be for certain which breed or breeds
mostly influenced the development of the horse we have today.
However, assuming history is correct, by crossing the KY Saddler with Thoroughbreds, Morgans, TWHs, and
others produced the product we have today. Thusly being undocumented and truly validated, until the formation
of registries and associations. The KNGHA believes that as long as we maintain the standards of expectations
and characteristics we have grown to love and respect"
The conformation of the Kentucky Natural Gaited Horse is described as follows:
-The head should be well proportioned to the body, neither large nor small.
-The shoulders should be well shaped. The angle from the point of the shoulder to the point of the withers
should be about 40 or 45 degrees.
-Strong sloping hind quarters.
-Medium leg bone in proportion to body size.
-The croup of the tail should be slightly lower than the withers, which can vary.
-Legs should be set square. The pastern/fetlock angle should be 45 degrees or near.
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