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post #1 of 13 Old 09-19-2012, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Smile can i ride a tennessee walker english?

I ride saddleseat and show saddleseat but i just got a tenneessee walker that i planned on riding western. I kinda changed my mind since I always ride english and want to get an english saddle, but i want something thats super comfy and that is good on trail rides. anyone have any suggestions? and will my tennessee walker be ok riding english? i just got her to ride for fun, not planning on showing or anything just a pleasure, trail riding, for fun horse:) thanks!
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-19-2012, 08:45 PM
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If the saddle fits, why not? A friend of mine uses an english saddle on her Tenn. sometimes.
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post #3 of 13 Old 09-19-2012, 09:10 PM
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She'll be fine. I ride my SSH only English. No problem.
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post #4 of 13 Old 09-19-2012, 10:07 PM
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English is Ok, just dont ride it Yankee
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post #5 of 13 Old 09-20-2012, 05:40 PM
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I ride saddleseat and show saddleseat but i just got a tenneessee walker that i planned on riding western. I kinda changed my mind since I always ride english and want to get an english saddle, but i want something thats super comfy and that is good on trail rides. anyone have any suggestions? and will my tennessee walker be ok riding english? i just got her to ride for fun, not planning on showing or anything just a pleasure, trail riding, for fun horse:) thanks!
I grew up riding at a TWH barn and they were all trained and ridden English. In fact, I didn't even know that TWH were considered a "Western" horse until recently, thanks to the internet. I just adore Walkers, they have the loveliest temperaments and there's nothing in the world like a nice fast running walk, it's like riding a horse with wheels instead of legs! And most that I rode had gorgeous rocking horse canters too. I even used to jump on a Walker, a big grey stallion named Sir.
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post #6 of 13 Old 09-21-2012, 09:01 AM
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I have never ridden a gaited horse and can't even begin to understand what you all are talking about but it sounds fantastic!
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post #7 of 13 Old 09-21-2012, 09:41 AM
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TWH are usually ridden English in the show ring. ;) You can ride her in whatever saddle you like!
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post #8 of 13 Old 09-21-2012, 12:42 PM
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Of course you can. A friend of mine had one in the UK and always rode him in english tack - he did some showjumping & hunting too. She hadn't a clue about the whole gaited thing and he trotted normally most of the time but would start to gait when he got excited.
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post #9 of 13 Old 09-21-2012, 01:37 PM
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Nobody mentioned that the Plantation Saddle, as pictured below, (Steele version)
Steele Plantation Trail Saddle
was created to ride the TWH. It is technically, a type of SaddleSeat saddle, with English irons, and no knee rolls, usually cut back at the pommel to accommodate a horse with prominant withers.
In the agricultural pre-CW South the population was much lower than the north, with few towns and good distances in between them. It was natural that gaited horses would be preferred to get you comfortably around, and yes, they rode "English." We own a very old plantation saddle--sorry, don't know where the pictures are of it, but I'll take some this weekend--and it's almost identical to the site above, just without the fancy tooling.

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post #10 of 13 Old 09-22-2012, 05:07 PM
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I thought that most people rode TWH's in saddleseat saddles unless they wanted something different for trails. Back when I had my walker, I rode hundreds of miles in an old saddleseat saddle. It worked well for me. I liked the saddleseat better on the walker than the all purpose saddle.

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