Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Gloucester County, Virginia near Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, Chesapeake Bay
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Walker downward transition
Hi there from Virginia, USA. I grew up watching only sored Walkers at horse shows, but when I moved all the way to the east coast I began seeing pleasure walkers. My observation has been that a Walker needs to "hurry up with its hind legs to catch up with its front legs, so it can then slow down." That's the only way I can describe it. That is how Walkers move, and I don't think there's anything to be done about it. They almost look like they stumble into a downward transition, no matter the terrain. I've seen it many times.
And oh-so-important!!! Tennessee Walkers are never, EVER supposed to trot! EVER! It's the greatest insult to say a Walker can trot. It's my understanding that trotting can damage the running walk because it requires a complete rearrangement of the legs, thus muddying the purity of the running walk and confusing the horse. They were bred not to trot. I've heard spectators at shows disdainfully say that horses that "didn't MAKE IT as Walkers" became racking horses. These people almost spat their words out.
My specialty is European carriage driving with Welsh ponies. I don't do gaits and I find them very weird to feel. I literally can't ride a gaited horse!
Last edited by barnrats; 05-29-2019 at 06:44 PM.
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