Rare Color, Rare Breed

Global Horse Culture Archive on October 22, 2007, 6:15

The Rocky Mountain Horse is one of many relatively rare North American breeds that descend largely from old Spanish colonial stock. The overall build - including small size, sloping croup with low-set tail, narrow chest (when seen from front) - is typical of these breeds, as is the smooth intermediate gait. The Rocky Mountain Horse is frequently seen in this rare color, called "Chocolate", or more correctly, Silver Dapple. The characteristic chocolate brown coat and silver mane and tail are occasionally seen in other breeds, most often the Shetland and Icelandic, but in the Rocky