About Us

PORTER RANCH

 Porter Ranch is a family owned and operated horse farm located in North Carolina. We sell and breed 

top quality Rocky Mountain, Kentucky Mountain & Mountain Pleasure horses. Our offices are in
Florida, but the horses are located in Moravian Falls, North Carolina. Please call us to set up an 

appointment to see the horses in person. 


About Mountain Horses

Tradition has it that at the turn of the 20th Century, the first Mountain Stallion, Tobe, was brought 

to Kentucky. He was bred to the gaited mares in Kentucky that were of Spanish origin. Tobe was an 

extra gentle and good nature stallion that was used as a trail horse at Kentucky Natural Bridge State 

Park. He took novice riders out every day and was also used as a breeding stallion. Tobe was bred 

and ridden up until his death at 37 years old. Many Mountain Horse pedigrees trace back to Tobe. 

The development of the Mountain Horse breed occurred over many years in a remote area of the 

Appalachian Mountains. An exceptionally well-tempered horse was produced that is fast becoming 

the most trusted family horse in the country. They possessed a gentle, willing temperament and 

a natural four-beat gait with mixtures of dark, solid body colors and flaxen manes and tails. 


Over several decades, this select breeding in an isolated area developed these 

unique traits to become even more pronounced and dominant. The results is 

what has become known today as the Mountain Horse

Mountain Horse Characteristics

FOUR-BEAT GAIT
  All Mountain Horses are born with a natural, four-beat gait, requiring no special shoeing or training device. You can actually count the four distinct hoof beats, even when they are young! Mountain Horses are excellent for trail riding. Because of their sure-footed You can cover twice the ground and come back home without a sore back. Of the gaited horses, they are one of the smoothest.


DISPOSITION
   Firstly, Mountain Horses are truly "people pleasers" and will actually seek you out in a large pasture, coming to you for love and attention! They are quick learners at an early age. Amazingly, these horses are able to sense the ability of any rider, whether novice or experienced, and adapt to that rider's skill. Mountain Horses are best known for their gentle temperament, making them an excellent choice for children. Originally, when these horses were first bred, the simple criteria they were judged by was gait and disposition. Mountain Horses are extremely hardy and have more endurance than most horses, for both work, and trail riding. Because they are cold-blooded in nature, they can withstand harsher winters better than other breeds, requiring a minimum of shelter, making them, literally, a horse for all seasons.


Color & Conformation
  Not being a large horse, Mountain Horses are usually medium in size ranging from 14.32 to 16 hands. They come in various colors but are known for their chocolate color bodies with flaxen mane and tail. They have limited white markings on their face and legs.


The Ultimate Trail Horse?
  The Mountain Horses are very gentle and calm horses and making them excellent trail horses. Their calm nature and cold blood make them much more suited for the trail than other warm blood horses. Their smooth gait takes trail riding to a whole new level. No more sore backs and knees! Most people find that they can ride one of these horses twice as long as other horses and still be less sore the next day. The Mountain horse has one of the smoothest gaits. We couldn't believe it until we saw it. While at a Mountain Horse competition, our dad said to line up any one of the horses in the arena with the hand rail that went around the arena and tell him what we saw. Well, after the horse went around once, we saw that the horse's head was pretty much even with the hand rail the entire ride around the ring. My dad pointed out, that that was how smooth and even of a ride you will have on any Mountain Horse. Wow, now that's a smooth ride!


It Just Takes One Ride! Come find out for yourself! 

Interesting Facts About Mountain Horses

  • Their average height is from 14.2  to 16 hands


  • Not as high strung or spooky as some other horse breeds


  • Has one of the smoothest gaits, a natural 4-beat gait


  • Even gait produces less bounce and longer, less tiring rides


  • Loves to be around people


  • Distinctive common colors- chocolate bodies with flaxen mane and tails