Saturday, March 20, 2010

Tennessee walking horse video

I hadn't really seen what a Tennessee walking horse's special gait looks like, so I was browsing YouTube looking for a good example. This video really stood out.



It's surprising how smooth it looks for the rider, considering how much the horse is moving, isn't it?

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At March 20, 2010 at 3:47 PM, Blogger jane augenstein said...

I need to start working with Gilly on this. He has started to gait before but I never pushed him more. His mother was a Tennessee Walker so he should be able to do this.

I have ridden Tennessee Walkers before and it is a wonderful gait to ride, smooth, smooth. My tired bones would like that!!!

Gilly could make that 5.5 miles much faster, don't ya think?? LOL
OK, Gilly and I are going to start some new training, be a Tennessee Walker!!! :-D

 
At March 20, 2010 at 3:55 PM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Yeah, it is ironic that the TWH's movements look jerky yet the rider stays fairly still. I hope to ride one someday.

 
At March 20, 2010 at 7:15 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Jane, I hope to hear how things go with teaching Gilly how to do this! I've often wondered how you encourage a gaited horse to use their gaits if they don't do it very often.

NM, my brother-in-law has a TWH, but I don't know if he is trained to do this gait, or what the command is. My BIL got him when he was just greenbroke, and doesn't ride enough, so for all intents and purposes that horse is still greenbroke. I've ridden him but in my experience that horse has one speed: RUN.

 
At March 22, 2010 at 3:53 PM, Anonymous Regitze said...

The Icelandic horse is very popular here in Denmark. This horse also has a special trick, the TÖLT. I am not able to tell you if it is really the same as the Tennessee Walker is doing, not being a horse person I cannot keep track of all four legs, but look for yourselves: http://preview.tinyurl.com/yzgsovl
It's on youtube, of course, and there are many more to be found, if you search for tölt or even tolt.

 
At March 23, 2010 at 11:43 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Regitze, sorry it took me a couple of days to respond. You already know how busy I was. :o)

I have heard of the Icelandic horse and its special gait. Don't worry, I have a hard time keeping track of the legs too. :o) Cute horse!

 
At June 11, 2010 at 5:23 PM, Anonymous Rhonda said...

I have ridden an Icelandic and they are cute and fun. I own 3 Tennessee Walking horses and you did at least pick a good video to watch. A lot of the videos you see on You Tube the horses are actually pacing. My horses are all natural, flat shod and have a good 4 beat walking gait. Even with this different walking horses have varying degrees of smoothness, which I think is sometimes attributed to the horses confirmation itself (ex: tall, vs a short horse). Hope you one day ride a good one.

 

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