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post #11 of 15 Old 02-16-2014, 02:29 AM
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Originally Posted by luke4275 View Post
The post about the head going up and down sure sounds annoying if just for trail. Anyone have a nodding up and down horse tht is used just for trail?
I trail ride all of the time, I really don't even notice my horses' head nod.

Although when I took him to the breed shows back in the day, everyone was impressed with his head nod =/

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post #12 of 15 Old 02-16-2014, 02:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Darrin View Post
Head nod comes with a properly gaiting TWH horse whether on the trail or in the show ring. It's just part of the physics of how they are put together. Show people to try and teach their horses to exaggerate their natural head movements.
Yes I agree with this. I can create a 'larger' head nod with my horse by collecting him more and asking for bigger movement, or let him out and get a more ground covering gait.

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--to answer your specific question:

Originally Posted by luke4275 View Post
I saw a you tube video where the horse bobs head up and down.. Do they all do that?No. Those that perform the running walk do bob up and down to varying degrees starting with barely noticeable to even the ears flop. Just depends on the horse.

TWH's whose heads/necks move from side-to-side are performing some version of the pace or rack. Again the degree of movement varies with each horse.

are they smooth?Yes, the running walk is smooth can someone send me a link how to see their website?There are TWH's being bred strictly for pleasure and trail riding. Those folks are called "Heritage Breeders". The word "Plantation" in this day and age is generally associated with "Plantation Pleasure" in the show ring anyone have one?
If you're interested in Heritage Breeding, here's a link that may be informative.

If you're interested in a Tennessee Walker that isn't a Tennessee Walker (you will have to read the link to understand that one

These are the McCurdy Plantation Horses.

McCurdy Plantation Horse

If you want to delve into the history of the Tennessee Walker and learn who they WERE instead of what they've become, Walkers West has the best compilation of their ancestry of anyone on the Net.

Walkers West - Tennessee Walking Horse breeders and brokers, world-wide. and cursor down to the little block that has Ancestor Gallery, Foundation Book, Breed History, etc.

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post #14 of 15 Old 02-21-2014, 09:22 PM
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This breed was referred to as Plantation Walking Horses, years and years ago.

And the head nod is what you want to see. It means they are moving as they are supposed to.

Not aggravating at all, wonderful.

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post #15 of 15 Old 02-24-2014, 02:22 AM
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Originally Posted by jimmyp View Post
G is pretty well spot on, However something just occured to me. There is a Line of horses I believe they were called "McCurdy Plantation Horses". I'm not sure if Im remembering correctly or not. But, even so I believe they were just a "line" of walkers that was heavily linebred in a given area.

The plantation classes, are just a Heavy shod TWH.


Not all Plantation classes are heavily shod. You have your light shod plantation (also simply called Lite shod division) in which the shoes are much lighter and have no caulks on them, and are a step above flat shod and a couple steps below heavy shod. Your typical heavy shod horses have large shoes (that can indeed weightup to 48 ounces) are normaly turned back at the heel (large square caulks) and in most instances have to require a band to help keep them on. Yes heavily shod plantation horse do suffer much the same plight of the Perfromance type. Much less so in the light shod variety how ever they are not totaly exempt from unscrupulous trainers. I used to show light shod and flat shod country (or flat shod pleasure) style. Most of these types do not have thier tails "fixed". Although many do have excessive toe growth on thier hooves (esp heavy shod) to exadurate the gait and encourage action. In your light shod or counrty pleasure to much knee lift action is discouraged and frowned upon: traveling more naturaly is encrouaged and judged upon. In Heavily shod Plantation the knee should not exceed the height of the point of shoulder where as in Big Lick Performance there is no limitations that I am aware of.

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