Tennessee Walking Horse
conformation pretty head, long shoulders, short-coupled,
longer bottomline than topline, flowing mane and tail
colour all colours
height 14.3-17 hands is also affectionate, kind and intelligent.
uses showing, pleasure riding, trail riding
This is the first American breed to bear the name of a state, and Tennesseans are justly proud of their home-grown horse.A gaited breed, he is a composite of the Narragansett Paceiz Standardbred, Morgan and Thoroughbred, combining the beauty and fire of all those breeds.The Tennessee Walker possesses a natural, inherited gait, the running walk, which is ideal for covering the state’s rocky terrain in comfort and at speed.
This gait cannot be taught,and is the Tennessee breed’s most cherished quality. He also has two other gaits, the ’flat—foot walk’, which is slow but powerful and even, and the ’rocking-chair gait’, a particularly springy rhythmic, rolling canter. At the running walk, he can maintain a speed of 16-32 kmph (10-20 mph). As the speed is increased, the horse oversteps the front track with the back
by a distance of 15-45 cm (6-18 in). The more ‘stride’ the horse has, the better ‘wall<er’ he is considered to be. He may also perform the rack, stepping pace, fox trot and single – foot, although these are not desirable in the showring.
Tennessee Walkers were developed for riding and driving, as well as farm work. They were popular with plantation owners, who called them Plantation Walkers and would ride an them for long distances across their vast properties, their steady paces easy on their rider. Country doctors favoured the breed, too, because they spent many hours in the saddle as did travelling preachers. The Tennessee Walker could stride effortlessly over the hills and valleys of his home state, maintaining his even and steady pace for long distances.In 3 black colt 3 white blaze Was, the result of a mating between a stallion called Allendorf, from the Hambletonian trotting family and Maggie Marshall, a Morgan mare. The colt was called Black Allen, and was to become the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ Associations leaf foundation sire. Crossed with a pacer, he produced the first recognized Tennessee Walker.
With its association established in 1935,the Tennessee Walking Horse is one of the fastest-growing equine breeds, with more than 300,000 registered. Handsome and showy he He excels in the showring, performing his unique gaits with verve and vigour. It is little wonder that this equine – superstar is called the world’s greatest show horse – he possesses beauty poise and dignity.
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