I'm having a hard time convincing stallion owners (looking to breed my mare in the future) that she's a Tennessee Walker. They keep saying "Are you SURE she's not an ottb? Or maybe half tb?" She is full blooded, registered TWH. Sure, I wasn't there at the moment she came to be to double check the stallion and dam, but I'm as sure as any horse owner can be that she's out of two Walkers. She has a gorgeous gait. I'm breeding for a hj walker because she is so talented at it, and considering cross breeding. So when I call a Friesian owner (to get a Friewalker) or the like, the conversation generally turns to 15 minutes of me assuring the owner that she is, indeed, at least I'm as reasonably sure as I can be, a Tennessee Walker. I have to tell them the whole soring story to slightly convince them, and even then some still think a tb jumped the fence.
That's the pic they always see. Do you see it? I don't, maybe a little. She's not your typical walker, I guess.
What do you think of her shape? She's getting some muscle back finally, do you see any areas we should focus on more? Ignore my brothers face. It's always like that.
I would say her body structure may look slightly similar to a Thoroughbred, or one off the track, seeing as how tall and lanky she is.
But looking at her head and neck, she is surely a TWH. She definitely has the prominent head and neck of one.
I could see how they might think she would be a cross, but honestly, a good eye I'd think would be able to pull her TWH characteristics out enough to see that she truely is a TWH.
Because yes, in ways she could resemble a OTTB, but there are a lot more ways in which she is similar to her real breed...
I don't think she really looks like a tb either (I must say). The whole confo as a whole doesn't look much like one. I have seen a lot of horses that were reg. Tbs that looked like a lot of things other than a tbs. My guy was a very large tb but his confo still screamed tb. It's interesting how genetics can affect a horse's confo so drastically regardless of the confo.
All I see is a long body, possibly that's where they got it from. But I see no other rhyme or reason why they would think that was a ottb. No way, in the world would I think that was a tb. She has the structure of a tb. The only reason why she doesn't look like a typical TWH is possibly because of how long she is, her rump and her withers. That's it.