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0:39 - Introduction

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Partial Transcript: Let's just start with your full name.

Segment Synopsis: Dwight David May born May 12, 1957 in Salyersville, Kentucky.

Keywords: Estill County; Estill County Schools; Horses; University of Kentucky

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4:07 - Family Story

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Partial Transcript: I'll tell you a funny tale.

Segment Synopsis: One family member rode a horse home while the other rode the train. The person on the horse got home first.

Keywords: gaited horses; Mount Sterling KY; Mountain Horse; Mules; Tobacco

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6:37 - Maintenance of Horses

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Partial Transcript: Tell me about the maintenance of those horses; how the maintenance and upkeep of horses during the time that you were talking then and how it has changed and helped develop the mountain horse.

Segment Synopsis: Working horses used to eat four or five ears of corn in the morning and four or five in the evening. If they weren't working then they were easy keepers.

Keywords: Appalachia; horse care; horse versatility

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10:44 - Changing Culture

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Partial Transcript: In what ways has the Mountain Horse particularly, and the culture around Mountain Horses changed through time?

Segment Synopsis: The use of horses in Hollywood made people compare the Mountain Horse to other horses like the Quarter Horses and Stock Horses.

Keywords: horse culture; horse shows; movies

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12:46 - Daily Horse Use in Appalachia

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Partial Transcript: I wonder if you could talk a little bit about how a typical Appalachian person in early 20th century, how it would have been used on a day to day basis.

Segment Synopsis: Horses were used in farming, for transportation, and people would make homemade sleds so the horses could pull heavy loads. Horses were essential.

Keywords: Farming; Transportation

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18:43 - Rocky Mountain Horse Color

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Partial Transcript: Some people say that the Rocky Mountain Horse is just a color, would you agree with that statement?

Segment Synopsis: Rocky Mountain Horses are all colors, but does that matter? Other horse breeds come in different size and colors, but we all have the same horse. Rocky Mountains are different because they have a four-beat gait and their temperament.

Keywords: four-beat gait; horse temperament; Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horses

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20:17 - Temperament

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Partial Transcript: How is that selected and how is that maintained through time?

Segment Synopsis: When people depended on a horse for many things they had to have a horse that was gentle and dependable because everyone needed them, including small children. If horses become nothing but show horses then only people who are very good at riding can ride.

Keywords: horse temperament

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21:54 - Learning from Horses

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Partial Transcript: Some say that we learn the most from the most difficult horses, what are your thoughts on a statement like that?

Segment Synopsis: You can learn many things from a horse but it allows you to become a better horseman. Horses teach many lessons.

Keywords: horse behaviors; horse training

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27:01 - Maintaining the Mountain Horse Breed

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Partial Transcript: If you were able to direct the future of Mountain Horses, what would you do to maintain the genetics, maintain the breed, and how would you organize that?

Segment Synopsis: Mr.May would like for the Mountain Horse Associations to come together and see how special the horses were, in a historical perspective. He would like to preserve their maternal instinct, their smooth gait, and that they are easy keepers.

Keywords: horse associations; horse care; horse traditions; smooth gaited horses

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29:59 - Memories with Father

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Partial Transcript: Can you share some of your memories of you and your father and your Mountain Horses that you sometimes think about?

Segment Synopsis: Mr.May used horses more for cultivating and in harness and buggy but he used to watch his father mow hillsides and plow. His father was good with horses and basically all other animals.

Keywords: horse shows; horse training; Mountain Pleasure Horses

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35:41 - Setting the Gait

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Partial Transcript: How do you set the gait?

Segment Synopsis: Naturally the horse has to have the gait bred into them, it depends on the breed and the horse.

Keywords: gaited horses; horse training

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