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0:24 - Introduction

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Partial Transcript: Emerson just to start off, could you share with us a little bit about yourself; your background, your occupation, and a little bit about the name of your own training barn.

Segment Synopsis: Williams discusses who he is, what he does, and his involvement with horses.

Keywords: Memories; Occupation; Training

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2:19 - Memories

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Partial Transcript: Can you share with us some of your best memories of our mountain horses?

Segment Synopsis: Williams discusses riding horses as a kid with his grandparents and their friendly family gambling that included trading horses back and forth. He then speaks on how every horse is different and that the breed is growing.

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6:13 - The Horses

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Partial Transcript: What's so special about our horses?

Segment Synopsis: Williams comments on how the breed and the horse are fun and enjoyable to ride because of their disposition. He also comments on the gentle nature of the horse, their laid-back nature, and its family horse characteristics.

Keywords: Disposition

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8:42 - Nature of the Horse

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Partial Transcript: We've heard that the even-natured temper of the Rocky Mountain Horse or our mountain horses in general, may be a bit misleading, but what are your thoughts on that?

Segment Synopsis: Williams notes the horse's disposition and nature. He also talks about how to breed the horses, and the goals for the breed, and breeding of the horses moving forward. He mentions that animals are like humans, but the breeding of the horse should focus on disposition, gentleness, and temperament.

Keywords: Breed; Breeding; disposition; Gentleness; temperament

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11:07 - Learning/Training

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

Segment Synopsis: Williams speaks on what should be taught and how people should train. He notes that Kentucky is the horse capital of the world. He also speaks of the fact that individuals should learn everyday with the heart and the want to learn.

Keywords: Horse Capital

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15:48 - Appalachia

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Partial Transcript: Emerson do you think you're part of Appalachia and if so, when did you realize what that meant to you?

Segment Synopsis: Williams notes how he discovered that he was Appalachian and how that connected him to the area, the people, and the horses.

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17:14 - Mountain Horse

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Partial Transcript: When did you start to understand what a mountain horse was or a gaited horse was?

Segment Synopsis: Williams comments on learning what the mountain horse was by studying and watching the different characteristics of others breeds such as the Quarter Horse. He also discusses noticing the different gaits of the breeds and the sound of their gaits which reminds him of a sewing machine.

Keywords: Four-Beat Gait; Gait; Lateral Gait; Rocky Mountain; Smooth Ride; Trot; Two-Beat Pace

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25:55 - Importance

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Partial Transcript: Can you remember some of the moments when you realized the importance of the mountain horses to your community, both historically or within your lifetime?

Segment Synopsis: Williams comments on how the horse extends the community. He also shares his perspective on the historical significance of the breed.

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28:15 - Changing Culture

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Partial Transcript: In what ways has the mountain horse culture changed over the years? Going back to pre-automobile times.

Segment Synopsis: Williams speaks on how some people still use the horse as a work animal, but also how that has faded as the automobile, tractor, and other technologies have changed the region. He then notes that horses now have become a hobby and a pleasure for people.

Keywords: Cutting Horses; Tractors

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32:57 - Advice

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Partial Transcript: Any advice to anybody in the future who might be considering purchasing a pleasure horse?

Segment Synopsis: Williams notes that people should go ride the horse or at least have an experienced rider ride the horse for them. He then notes that it is critical to make sure the individual and the horse like each other and have a connection.

Keywords: Ride the horse

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40:23 - Training

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Partial Transcript: In terms of anything else that you would like to share, in terms of your trade or your craft in training or gaited horses?

Segment Synopsis: Williams comments on training a horse in a thirty-day program and the teaching of verbal commands. He also concludes that priority must be given to taking your time, working on ground work, and emphasizing on safety.

Keywords: Ground Work; Safety; Training

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49:49 - The Future

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Partial Transcript: Where do you see the future of these gaited horses leading and what are your thoughts on their growing international popularity?

Segment Synopsis: Williams concludes that he sees interest in the horse growing. He then says that the horse is more than a work animal, but rather a pleasure animal. He also speaks on how people from all over the world want mountain horses for family enjoyment. He then notes that the horse is more than what can be learned from a book and that in the wrong hands, they can lead to a mess of problems.

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