I live in southern Ontario, and just purchased 2 Tennessee Walkers that had recently been shipped up from Tennessee. They were sold to me from a dealer as 'excellent trail horses', and that they are. They will ride all day, any terrain, relatively calmly, no spook as of yet. They are friendly, easy to catch, and you can touch them all over.
The problem is that they will not stand to mount. Nor will they stand still under saddle. As long as they are moving, they are perfectly sweet and happy. Ask them to stop, they are tossing their heads, stumbling around, nearly unmanageable.
I am new to the breed, very used to my quarter horse who stands to mount, and waits until you ask before walking off, so it is a bit disconcerting. I am no longer a spry 20 year old who can mount a horse who is moving around. Plus I am short as well.
Is this common in horses 'straight from Tennessee'? I have talked to trainers in the area, and they have all said they have never seen a TW up from Tennessee that didn't have major holes in its training.
It is my understanding that the dealer gets these horses as 'failed' show horses (saved from the lick, that is fine by me), and that they are trained as trail horses specifically. But wouldn't any horse who is trained to carry a rider in any capacity be trained to stand? Is that not step one when first backing a horse? Thoughts and advice? Thank you!