Interview with Robert Coleman

  • Identifier2019 OH 012
  • Date5/3/19
  • InterviewerMcSpirit, Stephanie
  • IntervieweeColeman, Robert
  • DescriptionDr. Robert Coleman discusses the history of the mountain horse and its origins in the Narragansett Pacer bloodlines and earlier Spanish horses that were brought into North America. Dr. Coleman also shares background on the importance of the Black Squirrel (saddlebred) influence on the development of a particular "flashy" line of horse that was prized by circuit riders. Throughout the interview Coleman shares many stories about his ancestors, including Reverend James Coleman, George Washington Underwood, and his grandfather who farmed hillsides in true Appalachian fashion.
  • LocationOlive Hill, KY
  • Duration 1:40:45
  • Restrictionsnone
  • RightsContact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.
  • Funding SourceThe Appalachian Horse Oral History Project interviews and transcriptions were Funded by the Kentucky Oral History Commission.


“Interview with Robert Coleman,” William H. Berge Oral History Center, accessed June 17, 2024,