The Tennessee Walking Horse
The Tennessee Walking Horse is a light horse breed
founded in middle Tennessee. The breed is a composition
of Narragansett and Canadian Pacer, Standardbred,
Thoroughbred, Morgan, and
American Saddlebred stock. Originally bred as a
utility horse, this breed is an ideal mount for riders
of all ages and levels of experience. The breed easily
adapts to English or Western gear, and its calm, docile
temperament combined with naturally smooth and easy
gaits insure the popularity of the Tennessee Walking
Tennessee Walking Horses generally range from 14.3 to
17 hands and weigh 900 to 1200 pounds. The modern
Tennessee Walking Horse possesses a definitive head with
small, well placed ears. The horse should have a long
sloping shoulder, a long sloping hip, a fairly short
back and short, strong coupling. The bottom line should
be longer than the top line, allowing for a long stride.
The Tennessee Walking Horse performs three distinct
gaits: the flat foot walk, running walk, and canter.
These three are the gaits for which the Tennessee
Walking Horse is famous, with the running walk being an
inherited, natural gait unique to this breed. Many
Tennessee Walking Horses are able to perform the rack,
stepping pace, fox-trot, single-foot and other
variations of the famous running walk. While not
desirable in the show ring, the above mentioned gaits
are smooth, easy, trail riding gaits.
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Arizona-based Tennessee Walking Horses. If you are
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FOSH Mission Statement : The mission of Friends of Sound Horses, Inc (FOSH)
is to promote the sound ownership, training, exhibition and breeding of gaited
horses with a specific emphasis on the Tennessee Walking Horse. Particular
importance is placed on public education and training concerning the humane
care, training, and treatment of all gaited horses. FOSH is a humane educational
organization and as such will support and sanction only such venues and programs
that deal exclusively with flat shod horses, regardless of breed, and will never
endorse any program whose activities support the training, exhibition or sale of
horses wearing stacks and/or chains as action devices or using any mechanical,
chemical or other artificial means to modify the natural gaits of the horse.
FOSH is to do all lawful things in connection therewith.
For more information, please visit the
FOSH website or contact a FOSH supporter.