HISTORY OF THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE
The Tennessee Walking Horse is a light horse breed founded in middle Tennessee, the Tennessee Walking Horse is a composition of Narragansett and Canadian Pacer, Standardbred, Thoroughbred, Morgan, and American Saddlebred stock.
Originally bred as a utility horse, the Tennessee Walking Horse is best suited for a recreational mount due to its smooth, easy ride and its gentle disposition. A calm, docile temperament, combined with naturally smooth and easy gaits insure the popularity of the Tennessee Walking Horse as the world’s greatest show, trail and pleasure horse.
A light horse breed founded in Middle Tennessee, this breed is a composition of Standardbred, Thoroughbred, Morgan, and American Saddlebred stock.
Tennessee Walking Horses generally range from 14.3 to 17 hands and weigh 900 to 1200 pounds. The modern Tennessee Walking Horse features a pretty head with small, well placed ears. The horse has a long sloping shoulder, a long sloping hip, a ‘fairly’ short back and short, strong coupling. The bottom line is longer than the top line, allowing for a long stride.
Tennessee Walking Horses come in all colors and a variety of patterns. The diverse color choices are sure to please any horse enthusiast.
The Tennessee Walking Horse performs three distinct gaits: the flat foot walk, running walk and canter. These three are the gaits for which the Tennessee Walking Horse is famous, with the running walk being an inherited, natural gait unique to this breed. Many Tennessee Walking Horses are able to perform the rack, stepping-pace, fox-trot, single-foot and other variations of the famous running walk. While not desirable in the show ring the above-mentioned gaits are smooth, easy, trail riding gaits.
Owning a Tennessee Walking Horse is affordable, with a price range for every person’s pocketbook. Considering the breed’s easy ride, the companionship, its dependability, Tennessee Walking Horse owners find that the satisfaction they receive far outweighs the price of ownership.