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dave_in_delaware 11-28-2006 04:17 PM

Tennessee Walking Horse
Anyone out there own a horse of this breed? If so, what are your thoughts on the breed? How are they in training, etc. compared to other breeds?

Just curious, since I'm looking into buying one really soon....

dashygirl 11-30-2006 06:18 PM

I've never had one, nor have I ever had alot of expierence with one but my neighbor does own a few and they seem to be fairley good headed horses, not too fiesty or too clunky. Not to mention with their gates they're so, so fun to ride. Completly bounce free!

As far as training a horse, they're all 'trainable' if done right. I've never had a bad expierence training a certain breed over another, it just depends on the personality of the animal.

Maybe you could lease one in your area first, or go to a stable that has a few and get some face to face opinions. I'm sure that no matter what your choice you'll be happy, a horse is a horse, and they're all amazing.

Horse Chick 12-08-2006 12:42 PM

i know this tennese walker...his name is walker and is very very smooth and trained pretty good. on the training there easily trained for me anyways.

kristy 12-14-2006 09:48 PM

Would you use chains and weights on their hooves?

Horse Chick 12-15-2006 12:21 PM

me no, i'd never do that

kristy 12-15-2006 11:31 PM


Originally Posted by Horse Chick
me no, i'd never do that

I'm glad to hear. :D I was also asking Dave.

Skippy! 12-18-2006 09:23 PM

I just purchased a Spotted Saddle Horse, which is to a Tennesee Walking Horse as a Paint is to a Quarter Horse. Same gaits, but a different coat.

I have also spent time with Walkers and have green broke a few. The guy who owned the property i lived on in Alabama for two years was a Walking Horse moron. He trained them with weights, pads, acids.. (may i mention some mysterious person may have just called the Humane Society on him :roll: ) Im so disgusted by the show industry.. and how they bred the original purpose for the breed out of the horse. They were meant to go ALL DAY and be a smooth ride. Now they can only ride for 15 minutes a day, and go incredibly slow, though they take longer strides. I cant stand what they have done to the breed... but thats not what this thread is about ^^

The Walkers I dealt with were pretty inconsistent. There were a few Merry Go Boy mares that were EXTREMELY psycho. But, they were bred for their pedigree, not for their soundness or temperament. She was unpredictable and wild. It literally took -nothing- to set her off into a skiddish frenzy.

But, there were others that were absolutely fabulous. One mare hadn't been handled for all 3 years of her life, and i gathered her up, saddled her, and rode her the same day.

Keep in mind, all the horses I trained weren't even touched by human hands until they were 1 to 6 years old... so i guess thats kind of a variable =)

Could you tell me more about the one your looking at buying, if ya picked one out yet? A lot of the time, the horses past has allot to do with how they will perform for ya.

child in time 12-21-2006 05:09 PM

I can't believe what you are sayin'! That man is a monster! How can anyone hurt such a lovely being?

barnrat 12-31-2006 08:56 PM

I find those type of people awful.
Not only that but when they take pictures of the national grand champion horse or whatever to get the horse to have his ears pricked forward they spook him, make him scared! I dont agree, how would you like to be scared everytime someone took a picture of you!?


We have a Tennessee Walking Horse at our barn, I have been told that I can ride it later, not sure if that will happen or not :roll: , but the horse is wonderful, and well tempered, the person who owns him has a bad back so she decided to get a TWH for that reason. (this horse never had any cruel training!) :)

Friesian Mirror 01-11-2007 10:53 PM

I think the TWH is a good breed, I just hate what people do for a show. It's disgusting, they take golf balls and drill screws into them and leave the tip out on one end and tie it on the horses foot so he has to walk on it....and then RIDE HIM LIKE THAT! :evil: It's supposed to make them lift their feet higher.....sorry, not the topic here....anyway, a guy my dad know's, owns several TWH and they're all very good horses and very calm. He rides his stallion and that horse is the calmest horse you've ever seen, even with mares around.

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