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Tennessee Walking Horse

Breed group: Gaited horses

Other name(s): Tennessee Walker

History

Details: 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.
Reviews
Owners say:
Wonderful:
great disposition, fastest running walk, gaited breed, great trail horses, trail ride, smooth gait
Interesting:
hunt seat world, rack, moronic abuses, high stepping gait, Rocking Chair Gait, easy keeper
Overall review
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4.3(38)
eminto
Strawberry was an old, really relaxed and bombproof w...
Review by: eminto (11) 11 days ago
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4.50
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Tomodachi
Playboy Diamond Stud(or Fury, as my mom likes to call...
Review by: Tomodachi (4) updated 20 days ago
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3.50
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paintedzipper
Mother and son, Belle an Beast were a terrible duo to...
Review by: paintedzipper (60) updated June 06, 2014 08:49
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5.00
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Valentina
Shadow, my Tennessee walking horse, was actually my f...
Review by: Valentina (19) May 22, 2014 16:17
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5.00
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Goldieloxx12
Our Tennessee walker is an extremely easy keeper. 1/2...
Review by: Goldieloxx12 (5) May 02, 2014 00:06
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3.50
Learn about (3 videos)
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Tennessee Walking Horse gaiting from b...
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Training (3 videos)
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Natural Horsemanship with TW
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Training Trail horses with dogs and bridges
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Trail Pleasure Tennessee Walking Horse
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