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Tennessee Walking Horse
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Equus caballus
Family Name:
Equidae
Origin or Range:
United States
Size:
stands anywhere from 14.3 to 17 hands tall.
Weight:
anywhere from 900 to 1200 lbs.
Compatibility:
Average
 
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Tennessee Walking Horse

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Tennessee Walking Horse Description
  The Tennessee Walking Horse is a handsome, intelligent animal that is well suited and ideal as a riding horse. It is a gentle horse that even inexperienced riders can handle. It is used commonly in both Western and English shows. The Tennessee Walking Horse is a relatively large horse and found in just about any color. The most important quality of the Tennessee Walking Horse is its gait. It has three main gait, which include the flat foot walk, the running walk and the canter. The flat foot walk is fairly rhythmic so each foot of the horse should hit the ground seperately. When the rear foot steps over the track on the front foot, over stride occurs. Often the horse will nod its head in time with its feet. Both head nodding and over stride are qualities associated and unique to the Tennessee Walking Horse. It is most famous for it running walk. It is just like the flat foot walk, except faster. It can travel 10 to 20 miles per hour at this gait. The over stride is anywhere from six to eighteen inches. The running walk is the most natural gait for the Tennessee Walking Horse and said to be very comfortable to the rider.  
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