Mark Bloomquist, MTHA secretary/treas-urer, says the horses' strong hips are key.
"And their back stays completely flat while you eat up the ground," he
"It's a super-smooth ride."
On the trail: Bloomquist lives in Gardiner, Montana, just north of the entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
Even though his father was friends with Tom Eaton, who developed the Montana Travler
tried other breeds.
"I was riding 23 miles into a beautiful spot called Carpenter Lake and, by chance, rode about 15 miles with a man astride a Montana Travler
"I had to trot and lope my horse just to keep up with his
walk; you can imagine that caught my attention.
Later, I had the opportunity to ride his
horse, and that was it.
I decided to get a Montana Travler
owns 12 purebred horses.