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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:
trail ride, fastest running walk, great disposition, great trail horses, gaited breed, smooth gait
Interesting:
easy keeper, rack, hunt seat world, high stepping gait, moronic abuses, Rocking Chair Gait
Overall review
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4.1(55)
MMCook76
Shadow was my first walking horse, and I now own 2 of...
Review by: MMCook76 (10) May 24, 2016 17:06
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3.75
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Jake23
Although Gus was the smoothest riding horse we've own...
Review by: Jake23 (5) December 19, 2015 18:45
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2.50
Nicole_B94
My Tennessee Walking Horse, and all others I've worke...
Review by: Nicole_B94 (14) November 20, 2015 19:35
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2.50
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NTyrrell
Rode very smoothly when we would ride him. We keep hi...
Review by: NTyrrell (2) November 13, 2015 21:28
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3.00
1 photo
cakeaton
Walkers are beloved by many, many people, and for a l...
Review by: cakeaton (5) July 29, 2015 18:52
  • Currently 100
5.00
1 photo
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Training (3 videos)
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