Can a Tennessee Walking Horse be an English lesson horse? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 4 Old 04-23-2014, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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Can a Tennessee Walking Horse be an English lesson horse?

I rode English for three years as a little girl, competing once in a Walk/Trot Equitation class (I came in second place).

Now through an interesting series of events I have adopted a Tennessee Walking Horse mare. She's a nice ride, though at the moment I'm having to recondition her after she got thin and scruffy due to being picked on by other horses at her previous location.

I don't really have any experience with gaited horses, and I have younger siblings that would like to learn English riding (I already have English tack as it is). A cousin of mine helping me care for the horse teaches riding lessons herself (mostly Western I think).

So I'm curious . . . can you teach basic English riding on a TW, or do you need a horse that only does the basic walk, trot, and canter?

My mother used to ride and show American Saddlebreds saddle seat. I presume that specific discipline is more conducive to a TW.
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We had a TWH as an English Lesson Horse for over 20 years till he passed away 4 years ago, the best Horse ever, kids would do stuff like drop the reins to wave at mommy and he would automatically stop very gently..... just one of his amazing talents

Comanche - RIP 2-26-10 the TWH

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What a sweet horse!
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I worked at a dressage barn who kept a TWH. He was really hard to get round and engaged, and really challenged the kids. Once he moved correctly, it was a beautiful ride. I think it really helped the kids hone their skills and taught them to concentrate.

"But I can tell you this: When you get to square ten, all of square one will be in it." RayHunt
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