OUR PHILOSOPHY on TOBE PERCENTAGES
The Rocky Mountain Horse breed was established as a separate entity from other mountain
horses. All gaited horse breeds in North America originated from Kentucky Saddlers,
however, Rockies had their beginnings from the landrace of saddle horses in the Estill
County area of Kentucky. The Estill County strain was directly influenced by the Rocky
Mountain Stud colt of 1890.
Of all the mixed blood in our registry today, Sam Tuttle’s Tobe is the only one that carried
the most blood/genes from the Rocky Mountain Stud colt of 1890 to the present-day horses
of our breed. Through the years, outside blood was included in our breed's gene pool, some
gaited, some not so much, some with good dispositions, some not. However, Tobe's
disposition and gait was impeccable. Of all the foundation lines in our breed, Tobe was the
only one documented to have the purest of old-time Rocky Mountain Horse traits.
There are no other foundation lines in our breed with unequivocal reputations like Tobe.
During many years of researching and documenting details about the Rocky Mountain Horse
breed, we never heard anyone say anything bad about Tobe. We talked to hundreds of Rocky
owners and breeders, and everyone had good comments about Tobe's disposition and gait.
Especially his DISPOSITION. There was not only verbal verification of good gait and
disposition, but also written documentation of such traits in newspaper articles, magazines,
and periodicals. On average, written verification is even more accurate than verbal.
The reason why we prefer to breed Rockies with high Tobe percentages is because we
believe traits run more true to the old-time traits when the horse carries lineage closest to
the original Rocky Mountain Stud colt of 1890. Other mixed lines of gaited mountain horses
from the Kentucky Saddlers, as well as outside stock brought in from the time when the
RMHA Registry books were open, have higher possibilities of genes with negative traits.
Our mare, Cleo, and our stallion, Wildfire, are the pinnacle of our breeding program, and
they represent the culmination of years of breeding for the old time traits. We attribute this
to the fact that they both go back to Tobe within two to three generations on both sides of
their pedigrees. The closer to Tobe on the pedigree, then obviously the higher chance that
more genes are inherited from Tobe. This is becoming a rare thing because as years go by
there is less and less of Tobe's blood in the horses of our breed.
We are not saying that horses without high Tobe percentages don't have good traits. Rather,
we say that the ones with higher percentages are more likely to have good traits. Everyone is
entitled to their own opinion. Hopefully people will do their homework on the subject like
we did and have an opinion that is formed from knowledge, not hearsay.