Animal Stories - Tennessee Walking Horse

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   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:)
  • Merida DunBroch - 2016-01-31
    Putting a horse on pads is not inhumane. The horse is in no pain and feels no discomfort whatsoever . It's inhumane to sore a horse's feet, yes. But there is nothing wrong with pads.
  • Anonymous - 2019-09-27
    They are illegal.
Merida DunBroch - 2016-01-31
A couple months ago a buyer came to look at some horses I was selling. She brought her daughter, a 10 year old kid. I didn't know that we would end up riding, or I would've brought a saddle and bridle, or at least a helmet! We got on my 22 year old black mare Stormy. The kid and I rode her bareback with nothing to hold on to but her mane. No helmets, nothing to save us if we fell. Especially since Stormy is not a little girl. After a while my mom and the kid's mother decided they would go look at some more horses. That left us all alone and my life in the hands of a ten year old girl. She wanted to see what would happen if she let go of the horse. Even after being told no, she did it anyway! Stormy immediately turned around and started running. I was sooo scared! It wasn't until we hit the rocky path that runs through the field that I finally managed to free my hands from her mane. I decided that if she reached the other horses and started a stampede, it would be the death of me. So I bailed and went into a tuck-and-roll. After I hit the ground and stopped rolling, it took about 15 minutes to get air back into my body. I was so mad! Not at Stormy but at the kid. Then she lied about what happened saying the horse jerked her head up. The nerve! I couldn't believe it! FIRST SHE ALMOST KILLS ME AND THEN SHE HAS THE NERVE TO LIE ABOUT IT?! After catching up Stormy and telling her she did nothing wrong, I ripped that kid a new one. I walked away with a damaged pride, some pretty bad scrapes and bruises, a friction burn on my finger, and a bump on my head. Haven't been free-riding since!

Stephen - 2015-06-10
I grew up riding Walkers, and loved them, and the smoothness of their gaits. My wife & I own mostly Quarters, from champion cutting and reining lineages, but we have one full Walker, and one that we were given that were told was a Walker/Arabian mix, though we have since realized that she is most likely all Arabian. Anyway, we have never had any issues keeping weight on our horses, except during the winter they might lose a little. We do not have much for pastures, so we keep a couple round bales of mix grass, and grain. But, our Walker is a constant battle with up & down weight. A friend, who has Walkers, said to add alfalfa pellets to our graining, and it has helped, but the issue is still there. He is only maybe 7-9 yrs old, & thinks he is my baby. Of course, so does 'my' 2 Quarters, and I think they are all my babies. But, even if the others are out running around the pasture, or following my wife through it, my walker stays with me, especially on the days when I am stuck in my wheel chair, which seems to be more & more. I am just not sure what to do about getting his weight maintained. For those that have Walkers, can you please help? I have contacted both the breeders Assc., & the Natural Walkers Assc., and have not had any help, yet. Because of my spinal cord & brain injuries from the Army, these horses are some of my best friends, especially the Walker. And, I agree. I do wish people would educate themselves, before they swallow their feet, legs, etc. The foot issues were made illegal, begining with the issues of nailing weight into place, as the nails helped increase weight, but also cause the horse pain, so they would lift higher. Any kind of mistreatment is not tolerated, and they look closely for it at every show, as my friends, who do still show their Walkers, have expressed to me, and others. But, that is the biggest probem with our nation, as a whole, is people believe what they are told, whether correct or not, rather than expend the energy to find the truth out for themselves.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-06-11
    What a great story about your Walker, your Quarter horses... and you! Love all the great information too. I may try and do a newsletter post with your story, and maybe we can get some folks with Walkers to answer your questions about weight. On a personal note... my family took care of a Walker for a summer when I was a teenager. so I got the awesome experience of riding and caring for this breed of very cool horse!)
  • Loretta - 2015-07-01
    Dear Stephen, I just bought my first horse last Mothers Day '14'. Which is a Tenn Walker .he is 8 yrs old He is healthy and so gentle with my grandson (5)He eats Total Equine 1-2 pds a day and all the hay he wants plus pasture grass. And he put on a nice weight, try that brand and see. Loretta
  • Dexter Thompson - 2015-07-16
    Feed him some horse feed called straight it is 17% and keep him some hay and tie him out on grass for at least 2 hours a day and keep him out of the sun , because the sun burn fat off horses. Worm him out every month I had the same problem but since i start doing that my Tennessee Walker is bigger than ever and also buy something call muscle up give him two scoops a when u feed him if any question feel free to call me 6019382873
  • Dexter Thompson - 2015-07-16
    When the other horse are running he rather stay with you because he made that special bond with you
  • Merida DunBroch - 2016-01-31
    Simple. Just go to Bob's Feed or Tractor Supply or something and the right feed for them. Another thing that worked for my mare, Fancy, was keeping her out on grass. It worked for Princess, Nellie, Jack, Midnight, Merry, Smoke, and Mystery too.
  • Sandi - 2016-03-02
    If your young horses are not maintaining weight and you have tried what you think is every thing contact your local Equine Dentist, could be the animal needs to have some dental work done. Of course I am also assuming you have kept your worming up to date. After owning, showing and trail riding for nearly sixty years this would be my opinion of the weight problems.
  • Anonymous - 2018-09-08

    To put weight on your horse add half a cup of sugar and a whole cup of canola oil to his feed every day. When desired weight is achieved cut sugar to a quarter cup.
jezlyn - 2011-03-23
Amazing I love Tennessee walking horses.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-28
    They are gorgeous.
  • Merida DunBroch - 2016-01-31
    Me too. Horses are awesome.
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.
  • Merida DunBroch - 2016-01-31
    Yes. Those are the padded Walkers.
dennis - 2015-01-31
my spouse just bought a tn walker palomino very sweet.. how much hay a day do you feed. and she has aggression with food how do u break that..thanks

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-02-03
    You can give her access to fresh hay all day, but don't know about the 'food aggression' problem.
  • Skylar - 2016-01-28
    We have a quarter horse that has some food aggression, we always separate the and sometimes when she starts to show aggression we take the food away from we've been doing it for a couple of weeks and she is starting to get better we can turn her loose with the other horses and have hay out she is perfectly fine but with grain she gets a little pushy. We are rescuing a Tennessee walker from a kill pen. Any advice we have a Tennessee walker already and he is just a plain out sweet boy.
  • Merida DunBroch - 2016-01-31
    Well as for the amount of hay it really depends on her work, weather conditions,etc. As for the feed aggression, if you are feeding them in a field spread everyone out and tie them up. If your mare is aggressive about hay too, put out a seperate bale or pile.
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.