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0:31 - Introduction Information

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Partial Transcript: Can you start by telling us a little bit about yourself; your full name, your birthdate, your birthplace, and your current position, occupation, and involvement with horses?

Segment Synopsis: Margaret Layton was born in Ithaca, New York on June 15, 1956. She was the daughter of Maryland and Gordon Layton. Margret use to be in marketing at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Kentucky where she worked around Thoroughbreds. She now is part owner of Loch Lea Antiques in Paris, Kentucky

Keywords: New York

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2:28 - First Memories of Mountain Horses

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Partial Transcript: Margaret can you just share some of your first memories and stories with our mountain horses and your father?

Segment Synopsis: In April of 1988, Gordon Layton was looking for the perfect horse for his grandson's 4th birthday. He found a Rocky Mountain Horse who was very patient, naturally gaited, and did whatever was asked of her. Then they got horses for everyone in the family.

Keywords: gaited horses; Rocky Mountain Horses

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4:49 - Rocky Mountain Horse Association

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Partial Transcript: In March of '89, my father and a group of people were involved in trying to sort out the bylaws versus the regulations then at that point of the Rocky Mountain Horse Association.

Segment Synopsis: In March of 1989, people were becoming upset that the horses were being bred for color and not disposition. Gordon was concerned with the genetic qualities of the horses. When people would breed for color instead of disposition, there would be issues with inbreeding. The association then had to organize the bloodlines appropriately so that they could be documented in order to prevent future genetic problems.

Keywords: Horse breeding; Rocky Mountain Horse Association

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7:18 - Bloodline Research of the Rocky Mountain Horses

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Partial Transcript: Dad was involved with Gus Cothran at the University of Kentucky who was doing bloodline research.

Segment Synopsis: Gordon Layton worked with Gus Cothran on determining the breed bloodlines. They found that there were two strains, the Tuttle blood and the Northern Mountain Horse blood. They found genetic markers that could be compared to other horses to find out which bloodline the horse came from. Some people did not understand the significance in documenting bloodlines. They thought that as long as a good horse was produced then why does the rest of the information matter.

Keywords: University of Kentucky

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15:29 - Mountain Horse Foundation Stock

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Partial Transcript: Maybe for this document, you can talk a little bit more about some of the other bloodlines other than Bourbon King, that are foundation to the Mountain Pleasure Horse stock?

Segment Synopsis: Country Saddle Horses and Tennessee Walkers are the breeds that gave rise to the the Mountain Pleasure Horses.

Keywords: gaited horses; horses; Mountain Pleasure Horse Association; Rocky Mountain Horses

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25:03 - People Involved in Rocky Mountain Horses

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Partial Transcript: The people involved with our Mountain Pleasure Horses, any stories or recollections of R.T. Little or Paul Stamper?

Segment Synopsis: Paul Stamper was one of the founding directors of the association. Stamper had a mountain horse named Moon who would perform tricks like laying down and sitting like a dog. The trait of being willing to be trained these tricks were passed down to Moon's offspring.

Keywords: horse shows; Paul Stamper

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26:32 - Buddy Davis

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Partial Transcript: Buddy Davis had a nurse mare operation in Paris and my father Gordon Layton did vet work for Buddy for years and years.

Segment Synopsis: Buddy Davis had a nurse mare operation in Paris, KY. Davis would breed to many different bloodlines which was normal for a nurse mare operation. However, what made Davis different was that he would haul horses hours away to breed to some of the older bloodlines. The nurse mares he had were mountain mares. He used them because they were good mothers, produced an abundance of milk, and they always had a good disposition. Paul Stamper was also into nurse mares.

Keywords: Mountain Pleasure Horses

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30:09 - Yellow Horses

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Partial Transcript: Now some people refer to our Mountain Pleasure Horse stock as "yeller" horses. What's your thoughts on that?

Segment Synopsis: Some people love a palomino horse as much as they do a chocolate horse. A buckskin and a chestnut is the best way to get a palomino horse. There was no preferred color when registering a horse into the Rocky Mountain Horse Association.

Keywords: Palomino horse; Rocky Mountain Horse Association

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34:12 - Mountain Horse Importance

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Partial Transcript: Can you remember some of the moments when you realized the importance of these mountain horses to our communities, both historically and within our lifetime?

Segment Synopsis: Just like antiques, horses tell us a lot about how people live. The horses were and still are used as a natural resource for transportation and work.

Keywords: farm labor; Transportation

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41:23 - Horse and Human Unity

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Partial Transcript: Some say that horses bring people together. What are your thoughts on that?

Segment Synopsis: Being around any breed of horses will allow someone to be introduced to other people that also work with that breed. This could also lead to meeting people who interact with other breeds.

Keywords: horses; Social Events

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43:38 - Thinking Back on the Mountain Pleasure Horses

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Partial Transcript: The greatest pleasure probably of being around them was one, the friendship.

Segment Synopsis: The friendship and the kinship is the greatest pleasure. The second greatest pleasure is when you are riding them down the blacktop and you hear "nickle dime, nickle dime." It is not a "clippity clop" sound.

Keywords: Horseback Riding; Mountain Pleasure Horses

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46:19 - Mountain Horse Temperament

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Partial Transcript: We have heard that the even-tempered nature of our mountain horses may be a little bit misleading. What are your thoughts on that?

Segment Synopsis: Margaret Layton never saw a bad temperament from mountain horses. She did however see how horse temperaments can vary depending on the pedigree. The Tennessee Walking Horse’s background makes the horse a little more high-strung and not as much of a babysitter, but they still are not mean.

Keywords: Horse temperament; Mountain Horses

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52:56 - Learning from Difficult Horses

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Partial Transcript: Some say we learn the most from difficult horses. What are your thoughts on that?

Segment Synopsis: Margaret Layton believes that we learn the most from difficult teachers with high standards, but not so much from a difficult horse. Working with a difficult horse may make someone learn more about themselves. You learn from horses that challenge you.

Keywords: Horse behaviors

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54:54 - Connection to Horses

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Partial Transcript: Do you think your relationship or your connection to horses changed over the years and if so, how?

Segment Synopsis: Layton started out riding horses so she used to have a rider-based relationship with them. Currently she doesn't ride so she says that she just knows horses, loves horses, and communicates with people about horses.

Keywords: Horseback Riding

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56:29 - Personal Stories

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Partial Transcript: Any stories, fond memories of horses or people that you'd like to share for the record?

Segment Synopsis: Gordon Layton had the first ultrasound machine to detect pregnancy in mares in Kentucky. Gordon met many people through mountain horses. He loved the people as much as he did the horses. He was the founding president of the Mountain Pleasure Horse Association. The seven original board members were Gordon Layton, Harvey Pruitt, Larry Combs, Alethea Davis, Brenda Blakemore, Paul Stamper, and Alfred Pruitt.

Keywords: Board Members; Cornell University; Kentucky; Mountain Pleasure Horse Association; Paul Stamper

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