Animal Stories - Tennessee Walking Horse


Animal-World Information about: Tennessee Walking Horse

   The sturdy Tennessee Walking Horse with its distinctive gaits, can be ridden comfortably for hours!
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Heidi Meyer - 2012-01-27
The distorted and inhumane shoeing practices used on these horses should be illegal. Anyone who understands the basic natural hoof mechanics and body posture of a horse can see they are in tremendous pain, just standing still! There is a reason why navicular issues and hoof problems are rampant with these breeds, because they are incorrectly trimmed and inhumanely shod to distort and produce an exaggerated gait that is NOT NATURAL! Please do your research....they move beautifully on bare feet with no weights and CAN go for hours that way.....but you will only break down their body by continuing this insidious shoeing practice.

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  • Colleen Gratton - 2013-05-07
    My disbelief is general public think this is okay... I agree... 100% you can obviously see the horses are in pain.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-07
    So... it sounds like what you're saying is they need to be correctly shod, and if they are demonstrating pain, it has been done incorrectly. Which makes sense and a professional should probably be referred to, especially for this breed.
  • Nic - 2014-06-20
    People need to do there research before commenting!!!! If the breed is so bad Why is there 20 year old Walking-horses still showing and winning World grand championships and by the way a 6 year old was riding one of them, I don't see a 20 year old quarter horse still competing or In fact I don't see any breed of horse that lives that long and still showing. I show walking horses and they are treated better than most humans!!!! If the people in the walking horse industry did not care about there horses then why would people spend 500-700 dollars a month for training and that is not including shoeing and showing them, shoes cost about 125-200 and one show cost 60-125 and that is every weekend!!!!! Shavings up to their ankles all-you-can-eat hay worked and bathed everyday or every other day. Ya we sure do treat our horses horrible!!! P.s I had a 'Big Lick' horse and brought her home for the winner pulled the pads off and trail rode her that day for 2 hours and she did not even break a sweat or act like she was hurt in anyway!!! She is now happy and health with her first baby due any day now!!!
  • Sierra - 2014-08-29
    This was banned about 20 years ago. The padding used today is humane and only weights down a horse's front. This encourages them to use more power from behind, and the horse lifts his legs high. What you're refering to is soring, an abusive practice where a chemical is placed on the horse's fetlock along with a chain or boot that would rub against the chemical when the hoof touched the ground and cause severe pain. This practice is and has been illegal for years. The chains and boots you see today are only to put weight on the hoof, and causes NO PAIN.
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-01
    Really appreciate learning about how they are trained, and that those inhumane practices are totally BANNED! YES:)
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MS. H. Ollava - 2012-01-26
Are these the horses that walk with their hind quarters down? PLS reply.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-27
    They have a unique walk to them and are very comfortable to ride. Narrower an the walk and smooth. Not exactly sure what you mean by hind quarters own? Tucked?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-27
    I did some research on hindquarters on a walk in a horse and any of the material I found said that some horses can be 'trained' to walk with the hindquarters lower or tucked but it is a training. It is not a natural thing and in fact will disrupt the natural gait of the horse. It is used fo show, tricks and is not a natural gait for a horse and if the horse appears to naturally walk like this, there is probably something wrong. On this note, vets went into breathing in the abdomen and the side to side gait and why it is there etc and it was over my head on the terms. Regardless, anything I could find said not natural for hindquarters to be own.
  • Brooke - 2014-05-18
    Yes, that form of walking is referred to as 'the big lick'. It has a lot of controversy on wether or not it is harmful to the walking horse. Some of the trainers do a thing called soaring to promote the gait, but it is highly illegal and looked for at all of the shows. The stacked and weighted shoes are commonly used, but can cause long term hoof and leg problems. Tennessee walking horses can do much more then the big lick, that is just one thing they commonly are trained to do. I own one myself and he just rides pleasure and never big lick trained.
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Sydney - 2013-11-29
My horse Ace is part Tennessee Walker and part quarter horse and he does NOT like canter at all. So just give him a couple people.

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jezlyn - 2011-03-23
Amazing I love Tennessee walking horses.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-28
    They are gorgeous.
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