The kids are happy. Sometime just before the turn of the century, around 1890, a family undertook the journey to return east from the West. They stopped in Kentucky and traded a chocolate colored colt for food and provisions, to be able to continue back east. Oral history states that this colt was chocolate with a flaxen mane and tail with a smooth pleasing gait, and he was dubbed “the Rocky Mountain Horse” after the region from which he had come. The locals began breeding their saddle mares to him, and a unique line of horses was developed. These horses were smooth and comfortable to ride for long distances, strong and able to plow the fields, sort the cattle, and sensible horses that would take the family to church and the kids down to the water hole. They were rugged enough to survive in the mountains, used for all purposes and met all demands of their harsh mountain life. They were a utility animal, and they earned their keep.