Today’s Horse Facts: The Tennessee Walking Horse
Of the few various breeds of horses I’ve owned, the Tennessee Walker is by far my most favorite horse of all time.
“Why?” you ask. What’s so special about the Tennessee Walker?
Well, let me ask you a question. Have you ever ridden a Tennessee Walking Horse? If not, then you’re missing out on one of the smoothest rides you’ll ever have.
Let’s ride right into our 10-question T/F quiz and see how much you really do know about this fantastic breed:
- The Tennessee Walker has its roots in Tennessee as far back as the 1880s.
- The first “Walker” was a half Standardbred and half Morgan named Black Allan.
- Black Allan was the first “Walker” to refuse to trot but rather wanted to “walk fast.”
- This breed comes in all colors and any combination of colors.
- This horse’s height usually is between 15 hands and 17 hands.
- Because of its smooth gait, this breed is often called the “rocking horse.”
- The Walker is a winner in both English and Western riding classes.
- The Walker has three motions: the walk, the running walk, and the canter.
- Since 1947, a Walker has to have both parents registered as Walkers to become registered itself with the Tennessee Walker registry.
- “Soring” is a horrible practice that needs to be outlawed where cruel horse owners apply acids, abrasive substances, nails, or other objects to the feet of the horse to make him high step
Yep, in case you didn’t notice, all the answers are true in this blog. If you got seven or more correct, then you really know your stuff about Tennessee Walkers. And I’ll make a safe bet that if you ever rode one, you couldn’t believe how smooth the ride was.
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Next time we’ll take a look at probably the most well-known breed of horse, the American Quarter Horse.