About Montana Travler Horses
Montana Travler horses were developed in the US state of Montana
and are a relatively new saddle horse breed. In the 1930s, Montanan Tom Eaton
began combining the bloodlines of Tennessee Walking, Morgan, American
Saddlebred, Thoroughbred, and Hamiltonian horses in a search for "the
perfect horse." By the early 1970s, his breeding resulted in an
eye-catching, ground-covering chestnut stallion.
The stallion, named Montana Travler, walked at a brisk eight
miles per hour, with a giant eight-inch-plus overstep. He trained easily, and,
when bred, sired offspring of exceptional quality. This success motivated Eaton
to found the Montana Travler Horse Association in 1979, writing, "Justin
Morgan established a breed from one outstanding stallion. The Montana Travler
is the result of not only a great stallion, but selective breeding over a
period of many years."
Montana Travlers have a great heart depth, stamina, an
excellent topline, sound conformation, strong feet, and a willing temperament.
Travlers are narrow, but deep-chested, which enhances endurance. Because they
were bred to travel mountain trails, pack, and cut and work cattle, they are
surefooted and brave.