eMDee ~ est. 1988
The information known about Tobe, considered the "Sire of Sires" of the Rocky Mountain Horse breed, and his sons comes from many sources and often can be traced back to only oral histories passed down for generations in Eastern Kentucky. Families of that area know well the stories of extraordinary horses told by their grandparents and great-grandparents around the dinner table, but there was little recorded history of the Rocky Mountain Horse breed until the establishment of the Rocky Mountain Horse Association (RMHA) in 1986.
Over the past few years, as President of the RMHA, I have had the opportunity to encourage Eastern Kentucky University staff and students in several projects to record the oral histories of some of the individuals who have long been associated with these horses as a part of the Appalachian Horse Oral History Project. The stories they collected and archived are a fascinating glimpse into the way these horses affected the lives of these individuals and the way the horses and the breed were affected by those who owned, bred and promoted them. I am very grateful to the dedicated professors and students who worked so diligently to collect, compile and now share this information gathered from so many people who have loved the horse and the breed. These recordings can be accessed at: https://oralhistory.eku.edu/collections/show/116
I set out over ten years ago to gather some of the facts and folklore that make up the legend of Tobe and his Sons but I soon realized that the legend of the Rocky Mountain Horse began many years before TOBE or Sam Tuttle came into the picture. I have compiled, into several articles, much of the information I discovered about the evolution of the Rocky Mountain Horse breed.
REFERENCES you may enjoy exploring, if you would like more information.
Information about Sam and Laura Tuttle
Information about Spout Springs
Spout Springs (rootsweb.com)
Official information about the different associations formed
There are many other bits and pieces of information which I have read/heard in conversations with various owners and breeders over the past two decades. Although I can't specifically reference these discussions I am grateful to all those individuals who I have learned from.