Tennessee Walking Horse

Tennessee Walking Horse

Originally known as the ‘Tennessee Pacer’ because of its unique pacing gait, the Tennessee Walking Horse as it is now known originated in the state of Tennessee from a handful of different breeds.

It is generally believed that the Tennessee Walking Horse began taking shape from 1790 onwards, when the Narragansett Pacer (its prime descendent) was first brought to Kentucky and later crossed with the Spanish Mustang, another gaited breed. Besides these two horses, the Standardbred, Thoroughbred and Morgan Horse are also thought to have contributed to the bloodline.

Plantation owners in the south needed a horse with endurance and strength that could be ridden all day over difficult terrain, withstanding the gruelling climate, to help them manage and inspect the work that was happening on their plantation properties.

From this need came the Tennessee Walking Horse. Although it was originally used for this purpose as well as for trail and pleasure riding, it is now widely seen in horse show events, demonstrating its distinctive gaits in competition.

Typically, the breed is solid and well-defined in colours of bay, chestnut, black and several pinto and roan varieties. The Tennessee Walking Horse boasts an average height of 15-17 hands.

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Since 2000, the Tennessee Walking Horse has been the official state horse of native Tennessee.

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Added on 11/10/2019
Joined 11/10/2019
From Virginia, United States

I love my Tennessee Walker, Buck. This breed is known for brains, comfort, easy personality, and stamina. He has all that and sweetness too. I'm 64 years old and wanted a horse with a smooth gait (there is no posting required when you ride T-Walkers) and dependably sunny disposition. I've put my horse show days behind me and just love riding Buck on trails through the nearby woods and pastures.