Species group: Gaited horses
Other common names: Tennessee Walker
The Tennessee Walking Horse is a gaited breed which is best known for its fast, four-beat "running walk". The breed was developed in the state of Tennessee in the early 1800's. Settlers to the area realized they needed a horse which could cover long distances at a quick, surefooted gait. To achieve this, they crossbred Standardbreds, Morgans, Thoroughbreds, American Saddle Horses, and two gaited breeds, Canadian and Narragansett Pacers.
In 1885, the stallion "Black Allan" became the foundation sire of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed. The first Tennessee Walking Horse breed registry was formed in 1935 in Lewisburg, Tenn.
Unfortunately, the history of the Tennessee Walking Horse is linked with the practice of "soring" - placing chemical irritants on the pastern of a horse’s foot in combination with "action devices" like chains, ankle rings, collars, rollers, and bracelets of wood or aluminum. Although soring has been illegal in the United States since the passage of the Horse Protection Act (HPA) in 1970, it is still believed to be widely used to produce the showy gaiting action of Tennessee Walking Horses for the showring.
Appearance / health:
Tennessee Walkers are generally black, chestnut, bay and sorrel, but a variety of other colors also exist within the breed, including: palomino, roan, gray, buckskin, overo, sabino, tobiano, champagne and cremello.
Behavior / temperament:
The Tennessee Walking Horse typically has a calm and docile temperament.
trail ride, fastest running walk, great disposition, great trail horses, gaited breed, smooth gait
easy keeper, rack, hunt seat world, high stepping gait, moronic abuses, Rocking Chair Gait
"My registered Tennessee Walker, China, is one of the best horses that I have ever owned. A man gave her and her Walking Horse companion, Moon, to us because him and his wife could no longer ride. China is solid black and beautiful, I have never measured her myself but I guess she is around 16h. She was already trained when she was given to us and her previous owner told us that they used to take her and Moon on wagon trails where they would go on long group rides and camp out over night. She was a but rusty when I first rode her because she hadn't been ridden in years but she quickly got into her old routine of trail riding. She stands well to be tied, groomed, and mounted. Her gait is smooth and I could comfortably ride her for hours. <br> <br>However there are still a few areas China needs improvement. She is hard to catch in the field and stubborn when it comes to leading; I have to get the lead rope behind her haunches to coax her forward. When on the trail she is easily spooked by things such as birds and squirrels, but has no fear of vehicles when riding on the road. My main problem with China is that she is pasture sour, it is hard to get her to go forward after getting past the pasture fence. Sometimes I have to get off of her and walk her down the road a bit before getting back on. <br> <br>If you love to have a smooth ride on and intelligent, calm, easy going horse I would highly recommend a Tennessee Walker.."
From hayleaoryan Feb 21 2015 12:42PM
"Our Tennessee Walker was an excellent family horse. We had several children in our family from our daughter, nieces and nephews and children of friends. Many of them rode our Tennessee Walker because she was such an excellent and gentle horse. She was a beautiful horse and when she would get in her runningwalk gait she was really a sight to see. <br> <br>For the most part, we used our Tennessee Walker for trail riding and Western pleasure riding. She was excellent out on the trail and I don’t recall her ever getting spooked over anything that she saw or heard out on the trail. The children enjoyed riding her in the riding ring and getting her into her runningwalk gait. It seemed as if they would spend hours out there working with her and riding her in the ring. The Tennessee Walker is an excellent horse for all around family fun. I would highly recommend the Tennessee Walking Horse to any family who just enjoys riding and working with horses. <br>."
From skingery314 Jan 23 2015 9:13AM
"I cannot praise groundwork enough. Doing proper groundwork with good technique will save you massive amounts of time and frustration under saddle. Doing groundwork is like reading a textbook before class: sure, you might get through the class without doing the reading, but if you did your homework, everything will make more sense in the lecture and you will retain more. That's the concept for the horse. He will learn more quickly and retain information if you prep with groundwork. I start a lot of colts, and I will never mount one before I am confident that the horse has mastered the groundwork portion of my program.."
From Maddy 42 days ago