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post #1 of 9 Old 05-31-2007, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Tennessee Walker Experts A Little Help Please

We currently have a Thoroughbred Gelding that we use for trail riding only and are looking at a Tennessee Walker for the same purpose. Will we be able to ride both breeds at a walk at roughly the same pace on trails or will it be severly mismatched? For example, will the TB have to trot to keep up with the Walker at its Flat Footed Walking pace? Thank you.
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-03-2007, 02:59 PM
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im not an expert, but i think it would be really mismatched, they walk really fast!!

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post #3 of 9 Old 06-05-2007, 05:21 PM
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TWH's can walk as fast or slow as you want. It's just a walk, like any other breed. It's the trot, or for the TWH, the running walk that is super fast. They don't trot slow. They will trot as fast as most other horses canter. TWH's can also canter... But on just the plain flat walk, they just walk. I used to trail ride a TWH and my Dad was on a mustang mare. No problem. The only difference was that particular mustang had a rough gate regardless of the gate, and my TWH was smooth at whatever gate. Hehe. I used to tease my Dad about this.
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post #4 of 9 Old 06-05-2007, 05:49 PM
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We did the same thing have an arab, two qh's, and one spotted saddle. We ended up purchasing three more gaited horses because of the difficulty with the gaits. But if you do a lot of trail riding, a gaited horse is the way to go!
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post #5 of 9 Old 06-14-2007, 07:17 PM
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I have a similar question....

I have a foxtrotter now, and I want to get an Andalusian. Will they be just as mismatched as the Walker and the TB? Or are Foxtrotters slower than Walkers? Her legs don't seem as long as a Walker, and her strides seem shorter.
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post #6 of 9 Old 06-19-2007, 09:38 PM
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I haven't dealt with fox trotters personally, so I am afraid I won't be much help here. Sorry.
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post #7 of 9 Old 06-20-2007, 04:45 PM
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I think there is some misunderstanding. The horses will be fine together UNLESS your asking the TWH to gait in which case the TB will have to speed up to keep up with the TWH gait. A gaited horse can walk just like any other horse.
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post #8 of 9 Old 06-27-2007, 11:52 PM
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It is said that trotting horses cannot keep up with the gait of a gaited horse. BUT it depends on the horse. SOME walking horses are slow like a horse i sold to a friend. You cannot put fire under his butt to get him into ANY kind of a hury. You would just have try the horse out and see if the horse meets your standards. They are fun to ride i will tell you that.
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post #9 of 9 Old 07-06-2007, 09:25 PM
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I agree with DesertGal. You can train any horse to walk fast or slow. But, if you plan on going faster than a walk, make sure that you are comfortable sitting (or posting) the trot.

Also, make sure you ask the seller how to get the horse to gait and how to correct him should he break from the gait.

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