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Tennessee Walking Horse

The Tennessee Walking Horse is a distinct breed that does not trot, but has a gait called a "running walk". This gait provides the rider with a smooth comfortable ride, no bounce for the rider. To ride a Tennessee Walking Horse, the rider just has to sit quiet in the saddle. No posting is necessary.

Besides their smooth gaits, the Tennessee Walking Horse is known world wide for their great dispositions, gentle manners, and good looks.

The Tennessee Walking Horse was developed in Tennessee in the late 1800's, by farmers who wanted to develop a breed of horse that could work in the fields during the day, and give the owner a comfortable saddle gait. They crossed their Thoroughbreds, Saddlebreds, Morgans, Standardbreds, and Narranganett Pacers.

The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association was formed in 1935, and currently have more than 20,000 members.

Most Tennessee Walking Horses are born with he ability to do other gaits in addition to the running walk, such as the rack, pace, and foxtrot. The Tennessee Walking Horse is also famous for their "rocking chair" canter. The Woods Silver General

Tennessee Walking Horse comes in all sizes and colors. Besides being great performance horses in the show ring, they are currently being shown in barrels, poles, jumping, dressage, driving and trail classes. They are also being used on ranches as working horses.

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