The MOUNTAIN SLASHER family was established by
MURRILL'S COPPERBOTTOM. The
dam of this original family was from the Thoroughbred family of TIMOLEON
with one infusion of WHIP blood.
The American Morgan Horse Register gives the following information
on the original MOUNTAIN SLASHER:
MOUNTAIN SLASHER (1-32), 6416, (1) gray:
foaled about 1850; said to be by James Murrell's COPPERBOTTOM, son of
COPPERBOTTOM 90; dam by YOUNG TIMOLEON, son of TIMOLEON; and 2nd dam by
Smith's JULIUS CEASAR, son of imported WHIP. died 1879 property of Hiram
Weakley, Rutherford County, Tennessee.
He was very noted as a sire of fine saddle horses.
For the purpose of examining this family of
horses it will be assumed that MOUNTAIN SLASHER F-59, accepted as one of
the founders of the Walking Horse breed, is representative of the entire
clan. There are so many of
these horses that bear this same name, that it would indicate superior
breeding and so far, all the MOUNTAIN SLASHERS that have been traced were
of the very best. However, it
is believed that the MOUNTAIN SLASHER above mentioned (in the Morgan
Registry) that died in 1879, Rutherford County, Tennessee, was most likely
the sire of the others.
Regardless of which MOUNTAIN SLASHER came
first, it is evident the grey stallions from the COPPERBOTTOM family
exerted substantial influence on the horse stock of Walking Horse country. The MOUNTAIN SLASHERS were both
excellent saddle horses and formidable race horses. It was accepted as fact by the
people of Shelbyville that one such stallion, commonly referred to as
BUCK, was the only horse ever to beat TOM HAL F-20 in a race. Supposedly,
this race took place in Shelbyville between the town square and the depot. It would appear that many communities had a MOUNTAIN SLASHER
stallion and that often such horses were the pride of the people who lived
there. The legend of the
MOUNTAIN SLASHERS no doubt grew as it was repeated.
The early stud books of the Walking Horse breed list many MOUNTAIN SLASHER stallions as sires of Walkers. Among the most prominent POINTER'S SLASHER, GRANBERRY'S SLASHER, FERRELL'S SLASHER, DRAKE'S MOUNTAIN SLASHER, BELL HAWK MOUNTAIN SLASHER, and JIM SLASHER.