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post #21 of 30 Old 02-04-2009, 10:04 PM
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Tennessee Walkers are amazing! Some can be hot headed yes, but most aren't. When I first started riding, it was a 1 1/2 year old walker. and I trained her myself, and she even helped me train myself. I didn't have an actual trainer but she has been the sweetest thing. She follows me around the pasture and if for some reason I fall off, she stands by me until I get up. In the pasture she 'protects' me from anyone that bothers me. haha. They are great!
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post #22 of 30 Old 02-05-2009, 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted by walkinthewalk View Post
Sounds like Annie is really happy and settling in well with you and your family

All three of my Walkers are lippy to some degree. My 21 yo has always liked to "lip" my hair and scalp. He has never offered to bite and boy do I get a good head massage, although my hair is in tangles when he's done

My 14+ yo never lips me, but he is a very oral horse in that he will curl his lips, stick his tongue out the side of his mouth, or lick the metal pipe panels.

My 12+ yo will also lip my hair and give me lip kisses, but I do have to watch the Booger because sometimes his "reciprocal" affection can get carried away - lollol I never yell at him but I will tap his muzzle with one finger and say "Joker, no bite" when I know he is thinking of getting his teeth invovled in the nuzzling session - lol lol lol

Annie sure sounds like a Keeper to me. I hope she is able to be your "Forever Horse".
Aw, thanks. I think she's a keeper, too. Maybe the mouthing is a Walker thing? I've never felt like I need to be quite as stern with her as I am with some other horses, I use the "tap method" too. She's so sensitive that so far that and a "No!" work well. LoL, that is hilarious about your 14 yo, very funny mental picture.
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post #23 of 30 Old 02-05-2009, 06:31 PM
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nice calm headed & smooth to ride... sounds like my experiences with them.

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post #24 of 30 Old 02-24-2009, 06:07 AM
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My husbands TWH gelding Cherokee is like a big baby. Whenever our nieces come visit we have no worries about tossing them up on his back... he is very gentle with them and treats them well.

Cocoa - 32 yr old QH, Cherokee - 8 yr old TWH & Toby - 16 yr old QH
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post #25 of 30 Old 02-24-2009, 07:56 AM
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I own a TN walker (Points to horse with blaze) He is the most kind and gentle horse i have ever met.Normally I hesitate to put young kids on a 17hh horse but I trust him so I dont hesitate.He has never been a bad boy and he never spooks.Not even for M80's which is a bombproof horse.
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post #26 of 30 Old 02-26-2009, 11:31 AM
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I have owned walkers for the past 20 years, currently own 4, and have worked in a walker barn caring for as many as 30 at a time. Almost without exception walkers tend to be very friendly, intelligent, and exhibit a desire to please their humans. Some bloodlines tend to be a little hotter than others, but in almost all scenarios where a horse exhibits behavioral issues, the problem can be traced to a human. When one considers all the inhumane treatments the show walkers are subjected to, and still manage to remain docile and friendly, it's just amazing. They are a wonderful breed!!
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post #27 of 30 Old 03-03-2009, 08:19 PM
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I grew up with 3 Walkers and still have one (she's 28 now). My parents bought the 2 mares when I was 6 mnths old and the gelding a year later. They all had their own personalities and differences in riding, but overall there wasn't a mean bone in their bodies. Extremely sweet on the ground.. Only got kicked once (I opened an umbrella behind them... idiot I know), never bitten, or anything else. The gelding was a lipper too, always went for my hair. Our farrier used to trim them just standing with no halters/ties in the paddock with the other 2 standing around. I have a QH now as a riding horse, but I love my Walkers . Oh yeah, and they were great with the little ones. I would put my neice on their backs and she would hold on and they would follow me around like dogs. She is about 2 years old in the pic... I know I'm probably a bad Aunty.. but she's made it this far.
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post #28 of 30 Old 04-06-2009, 05:24 PM
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I know one Walker, and she's all piss 'n vinegar. She's known to nip and hates dogs. She almost killed my trainer's Corgi one time. And she bullies all the other horses out in the pasture. She's beautiful, though, and well behaved under saddle. I think she's just frustrated because she doesn't get much attention. She's the kind of horse who needs a job.

I hear gaited horses are generally very gentle and patient. I'm sure Nikki would be if she was worked the way she should be.

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post #29 of 30 Old 04-27-2009, 08:44 PM
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TWH's have some of the best temperaments and personalities anywhere.
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post #30 of 30 Old 05-08-2009, 11:37 AM
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My husband I are complete newbie horse owners, but we just purchased a TWH and a QH. The QH is generally laid back and calm, though still a bit distrustful of us at the moment, but the TWH, Storm, is a COMPLETE BABY!!

He just turned 3 but he seems like an older, more experienced horse. He's been very forgiving with us when making our newbie mistakes and we haven't had one ounce of trouble out of him. He is the more friendly of the two horses and every time someone goes outside towards the pasture, he walks right up to the gate to greet you to get a good rub on his face. He also will nuzzle up against you and lick occassionally. Rides beautifully as well. The only slight problem we've had from him is having him be a bit stubborn at times when you try to turn him while on a lead rope, but after you tell him NO very firmly he will give right in and do what you want.

If it seems like I'm going on and on about this horse---well, it's just because he is a super sweet boy and we've fallen head over heels with him. I can't say a bad word about him!
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