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    05-15-2010, 08:01 PM
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Foal
TWH Question - New to TWH Breed.

Hello! First of all, I am new here! Hello! :)

I am newer to the TWH breed, I had Arabians growing up, and had a friend with a Walker, and always loved the horse. So I am now looking for a Walker to become my next trail horse. I found one today I absolutely fell in love with. Awesome horse, nice gait, very sweet, and sensible.

HOWEVER.......... when he walks (flat walk/dog walk) and you watch him from behind, he just kinda sways his hips and takes these big long steps, kinda looks funny looking - I can't describe it real well. I'm not talking about the running walk. Just the normal walk.

He is very big. He is a good 15.3 or 16 Hands. Very leggy, and he needs a little weight... So, maybe that is why he looks like this in the back end, I'm used to shorter legged Arabs. Lol

What do you think? He is sound, didn't take a lame step.
     
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    05-15-2010, 08:34 PM
  #2
Foal
I too am interested in the replies. I bought a 15.1 hand TWH about a month ago for my 7 year old. He is Bombproof. He sways his hips when he walks too. My neighbor has 9 of them and some sway some don't. I just thought it had something to do with the breed.
     
    05-15-2010, 08:56 PM
  #3
Foal
I have a walker, and as they overreach (normal longer rear leg extension), it almost appears that when seen from the rear, the hips are alternately raising/dropping.
When I first noticed that, I was curious about it also.
Go look on youtube at various walkers, and if you see the right angle, you'll see what your seeing live in person.
     
    05-16-2010, 10:48 AM
  #4
Green Broke
We have three TWH at the barn, and the biggest one, around 16hh, really sways as she walks. The other two, who are less bulky, do it less. Good luck on your search for a trail buddy, and welcome to the forum! :]
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    05-16-2010, 08:20 PM
  #5
Foal
Thanks everyone for the quick reply! I shouldve checked in sooner!!

I kind of thought it was normal myself when I saw it, then after thinking about it - I kinda thought - well maybe it's not. But, I agree with you, I think it's kind of their natural way of moving and some are more noticeable than others. Thanks for easing my mind, he may very well be the one, called the man tonight to talk a little more about it, and I think I'm getting him!
     
    05-16-2010, 08:26 PM
  #6
Yearling
I had the most wonderful TWH trail buddy, who can no longer do rugged terrain. A trainer told me that when I rode him I should think "be still on top and be a belly dancer from the waist down" because he swayed so much.
     
    05-16-2010, 09:13 PM
  #7
Super Moderator
My old walking horse swayed his hips and I thought it was just old age and arthritis, but the vet told me that's just how they look. My new one is only 5 and does the same thing, it's wierd to look at, you always think they look almost stiff but they aren't... they just move side to side instead of forward.
     
    05-17-2010, 12:18 AM
  #8
Trained
My mare is part Walker and she does the swaying as well, it's from their overreaching, I think...
     

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