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can i ride a tennessee walker english?

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    09-19-2012, 07:25 PM
  #1
Foal
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 that's 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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    09-19-2012, 07:45 PM
  #2
Weanling
If the saddle fits, why not? A friend of mine uses an english saddle on her Tenn. Sometimes.
     
    09-19-2012, 08:10 PM
  #3
Green Broke
She'll be fine. I ride my SSH only English. No problem.
     
    09-19-2012, 09:07 PM
  #4
Green Broke
English is Ok, just don't ride it Yankee
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    09-20-2012, 04:40 PM
  #5
Foal
Yes!

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Originally Posted by katie1118    
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 that's 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.
     
    09-21-2012, 08:01 AM
  #6
Weanling
I have never ridden a gaited horse and can't even begin to understand what you all are talking about but it sounds fantastic!
     
    09-21-2012, 08:41 AM
  #7
Green Broke
TWH are usually ridden English in the show ring. ;) You can ride her in whatever saddle you like!
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    09-21-2012, 11:42 AM
  #8
Super Moderator
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.
     
    09-21-2012, 12:37 PM
  #9
Green Broke
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.
     
    09-22-2012, 04:07 PM
  #10
Trained
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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