Wow, so I am really ignorant when it comes to Walkers. I thought the running walk was THE gait the Tennesee Walker was most known for. So in reality, that's mostly been bred out of them.
I admit I know very little about gaited horses. The most I know comes from a friend who is mostly into trail riding Fox Trotters (but owned walkers before too).
She has a Fox Trotter that does a running walk when he is excited. I like that gait better than his Fox Trot because it's smoother. It feels like his back end is down and gliding and his front end is more elevated. If that is, in fact the running walk (and my Fox Trotter mare does it on rare occasions when she is excited too) then does that mean you are more likely to get a running walk out of a Fox Trotter than a TWH?
To me, as a gaited horse novice, a Fox Trot feels like the front end is more downhill, and the horse is walking in the front, and trotting (or jiggling) behind.
The running walk feels the opposite. The back end is down, walking/gliding, and the front end is more animated/high stepping.
Is that correct, on a basic novice level?
I *thought* that the running walk was just a sped-up version of the flat walk. And the flat walk is just a sped-up version of a normal walk. So you are saying that TWH's can't run-walk OR flat-walk most of the time? But they can dog-walk, surely? So you can't just speed up the walk, they will start pacing?
That is a strange concept to me. Even the Fox Trotters can flat-walk. It's hard for me to picture a TWH that can't flat-walk. It is basically just a very fast WALK, correct?
Trying to understand the scale that Guilherme explained, I guess my Fox Trotter (and Fox Trotters in general) are more in the center of the scale than TWH's. My mare actually does a hard trot (at least it feels like it to me), a Fox Trot, dog walk, flat-walk, run-walk, pace and canter. (She likes to combine the pace and canter sometimes, talk about funky!)
She is more to the diagonal than the lateral on the scale, as she prefers her more trotty gaits, but she does do some lateral gaits when the mood strikes her right. So in a weird sort of way, that is a good thing, because it means she is more centered in the scale of gaits, right?
(Or more than likely, it just means I don't know what I am doing! )