The Tennesse Walking Horse
The Tennessee Walking Horse was developed in the heart of Tennessee during the late 1800's. Of primarily Standard-bred stock, the Morgan, American Saddlebred and Thoroughbred have all been genetically combined to produce the Tennessee Walking Horse. His forte, is a smooth, long-strided, easy-going gait called the running walk, in which the front feet appear to trot while the rear legs' stride oversteps the front feet. Horses are generally 14.2 to 16.3 in size, and the color patterns of the Tennessee Walking Horse are a true potpourri of equine color blends. The three gaits of the Tennessee Walking Horse are the flat walk., the running walk, and the canter. The flat and running walk have the same footfalls (a broken four beat gait). The running walk, however, is performed at a faster rate of speed coupled with a rhythmic nodding head and swinging ears.
Performance horses in the show ring are shown with built-up front feet to enhance their natural abilities. Plantation horses are shown flat shod, and as a result does not have the accentuated gaits of the built up horses. There are classes for everyone in the walking Horse division; specialty classes for amateurs are 2 gait classes. There are open and juvenile classes, trail, driving, in hand, and antebellum costume classes.
Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association
250 N. Wellington Pkwy, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Magazines that cater to the TWH enthusiasts
Voice of the Walking Horse is the official publication of the TWHBEA, address above.
Walking Horse Report
730 Madison St., Shelbyville, TN 37160
The Plantation Showcase 1819 118th Ave., Wheatland, IA 52777
Formal Driving Horse