i have a 3 yr old (as of may 23rd) tn walker mare she is very tall
@ almost 17 hh.she has a wonderful bloodlines. prides generator,ebonys masterpeices,ebonys go boy,motown magic,the pusher,and all star bloodlines.she is a wonderful trai lhorse as she dpesnt spook at anything.and is very fast but she wears down easily.i take my horses for 3 hour rides almost every day and she wears down in about 2 hours.i feed her sweet feed but she is still just not as long lasting as the other horses.(being arabians,and quarter horses.)i will get pics today and a copy of her pedigree.but what i would like to know is what does flat shodding help to improves their gait,and what are drill tech bands?she is a wonderful and tough horse,the only thing that i dont like about her is her head,like a typical tn walker she has a jug head,and a long one at that!and since she is very green right now she is stiff on her left side and she just doesnt want to go to the left as much as the right.sorry about all the questions but this is the first tn walker ive actually had,ive worked with a lot of them but never owned one before....what a chalenge they are...but their fun to work with!!!ill post pics and maybe a video of her gait later when ig go to the barn.thnx
She is still very very young to be expecting her to last on a three hour ride. I have been trail riding 40 years and never expected any of my just turned three year olds to go out for that long.
She is very tall and sometimes the taller horses may not have developed their bones as fast as shorter horses. !7H is a lot of growth in essentially less than three years.
If she is sore , she needs to some lay-up time and possibly an equine chiropractor. When my then three year old couldn't hold his gait under saddle for more than 30 feet. I had the chiro out. His Atlas bone and sacrum both needed adjusted. After a week or so of rest he was back to having a beautiful head shake and could hold his running walk for an extended period.
What I am about to say will tiss off a lot of Walking Horse owners but I am sorry you don't need shoes to make the horse gait. My three Walkers have always gaited the same whether barefoot or wearing shoes.
Regarding shoes? I have never worn keg shoes on my Walking Horses. Again I have never shown, only trail ridden. When I had shoes on my Walkers they wore those gawrsh-darn QH St. Croix rim shoes with borium head nails and their hooves were trimmed short --- like they should be
I am not sure what you mean by Drill Tech bands. Drill Tech is a material much stronger than borium that the Amish folk like to use on their Buggy Horses' shoes so they don't slide.
It is awful. It has absolutely no give (borium does), can stove a horse up in no time, and possibly even cause ever-lasting arthritis if the horse is subjected to it for years.
No long toes, no high heels ---- just trimmed at the angles they were born with.
I apologize if I sound a bit too strong, but there is a HUGE misconception in this world that a Walking Horse won't gait unless:
1. It has keg shoes
2. You're in their mouth all the time and have their head up in the air.
As far as her typical Walking Horse head, I have two like that and I love that about them. Trust me, as she gets older and matures out, that Ugly Ducking Head will turn into a Beautiful Swan