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        02-13-2008, 02:13 PM
      #31
    Trained
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    Haha, yeah, the Walkers bob their heads a lot: its considered a good thing.
    that's quite interesting. Just learnt something new
         
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        02-13-2008, 03:28 PM
      #32
    Started
    As did I.
         
        02-13-2008, 07:26 PM
      #33
    Showing
    My dad has always wanted to buy a walker, but not a show type, just your regular smooth walking Walker.. does that make sense? Those ones look cool to ride, but the elevated, platform Walkers? No thanks.
    How is it practical?
         
        02-13-2008, 08:24 PM
      #34
    Trained
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    but the elevated, platform Walkers? No thanks.
    How is it practical?
    Thats a good question. I guess for the people that are into it, it looks good, but I don't personally like it. I think their extra gait is pretty nifty tho. I would love to try it out.
         
        02-13-2008, 10:07 PM
      #35
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by appylover31803
    I think their extra gait is pretty nifty tho. I would love to try it out.
    True! I would love to ride a flat-shod TWH, they look neat... especially the running walk.. do they have a rack or anything like that? Excuse my ignorance of the breed.. I'm not familiar with them
         
        02-19-2008, 11:11 AM
      #36
    Yearling
    Keep in mind that not all TWH's lift their legs like that. Its trend that alot of people are trying to move away from because some breeders abuse the horses to get them to perform like that. There are issues with chemical burning, chains and weights. Its un-natural.

    My husband and I have TWH's as does our friend. They are all natural gaited and have never ever been trained with weights, chains, platforms, etc.

    My husband and friends horse do not bob their heads... but my horse has a slight bob.

    My horse:
    http://s215.photobucket.com/albums/c...t=100_1991.flv

    http://s215.photobucket.com/albums/c...ELIGHTCUT3.flv
    (these are pictures from when the person who bred her & owned her before I bought her from them)

    Her gait is so smooth, its like floating on a cloud.
    :)
         
        02-20-2008, 06:52 AM
      #37
    Showing
    I just saw the video. I just about gagged. To me it seems to abusive. I really feel for those poor horses.
         
        02-20-2008, 06:35 PM
      #38
    Showing
    Angel - that, to me, is a TWH. Those other high-stepping "showey" types are just weird. She does look very smooth.. that's the kind that my dad wants :)

    With the videos I first put up, it just seems cruel to put those 2 year olds through that! What a strain it must be on their legs, back and hips!
         
        02-28-2008, 10:37 AM
      #39
    Yearling
    I agree. I think its abusive too.

    And its sad because then a lot of people hear you say "I have a Tennessee Walker" and they are automatically thinking "ewww" about the breed because of those that are trained/abused to walk like that.

    I personally think that those with the "big lick" (overly high step) are giving the breed a bad rap.
         
        02-28-2008, 10:49 AM
      #40
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by kim_angel
    I agree. I think its abusive too.

    And its sad because then a lot of people hear you say "I have a Tennessee Walker" and they are automatically thinking "ewww" about the breed because of those that are trained/abused to walk like that.

    I personally think that those with the "big lick" (overly high step) are giving the breed a bad rap.
    Agreed. I just don't understand why it's considered nice-looking?
         

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