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[ INDEX ] Equine Type: Horse Breed: Tennessee Walking Horse (TWH)   [ PREV ] [ NEXT ]
Tennessee Walking Horse Yellow Silver Tobiano Coat (left view)
Yellow Silver Tobiano Coat (left view)
Tennessee Walking Horse Red Wild Bay Silver Coat (normal view)
Red Wild Bay Silver Coat (normal view)

Tennessee Walking Horse Dun Coat (front view)
Dun Coat (front view)
Tennessee Walking Horse Claybank Dun Coat (right view)
Claybank Dun Coat (right view)

The Tennessee Walking Horse is named after the state of Tennessee from which it originated. It is famous for its comfortable, ambling, overstriding gaits which make it a good long-distance trail mount.

The Tennessee Pacer:
Beginning in the late 17th century, settlers in Tennessee decided to improve the local horses by crossing them with new breeds. Thoroughbreds, American Saddlebreds, Narragansett Pacers, Canadian Pacers, Morgans, and Standardbreds were all recruited for this task. Mixing all of these breeds together created a new breed: the Tennessee Pacer.

The Tennessee Walking Horse:
In 1885, a Standardbred stallion named Allendorf was crossed with a Morgan mare named Maggie Marshall. Maggie gave birth to a colt named Allan F-1, who became famous for his consistent pacing gait. Allan F-1 was crossed with Tennessee Pacer mares, and the result was the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.

A multi-gaited ambler:
Ever since they were created, Tennessee Walking Horses were famous for their three distinctive gaits.

The first is the "flat-foot walk", in which the gait is longer and faster than in regular walk. The second is the "running-walk", an inherited walking gait in this breed, in which the horse can walk at an impressive speed of up to 32km/h. The third gait is the "canter", which is a smooth canter gait during which the horse significantly lifts its chest and front legs, thus creating a movement similar to a rocking chair.

Aside from these three gaits, Tennessee Walking Horses can learn and perform additional ambling gates such as rack, fox-trot, and stepping-pace.

The Tennessee Walking Horse today:
Today, the Tennessee Walking Horse is one of the most famous breeds worldwide, but particularly in the USA where it is the 5th most common breed as of 2022.

Tennessee Walking Horses are smart horses with good endurance and comfortable gaits, which is why they are primarily used for trail riding.

Conformation:
The Tennessee Walking Horse is famous for its iconic conformation and even more iconic stance.

The head is light but long, with a straight profile, broad at the forehead and tapers toward a fine muzzle with large nostrils. The ears are medium in size, set close together and straight upright. The jaw is light, and the throatlatch is clear.

The neck is muscular, long, and held high, showing a slight arch and a broad base, and connects high to prominent withers. The back is short and the croup is mostly horizontal with a minor slope toward a high-set tail that is held low or only slightly elevated.

The girth underline is flatter compared to most other horse breeds but is still longer than the topline. The legs are long and are often stretched far behind the body, giving the Tennessee Walking Horse its iconic stance.

The hair of the mane and tail is usually fine, but while the mane grows short or medium in length, the tail grows long.

Performance metrics:
The following are the: range, average, (SD), and MOE of performance metrics of ordered Tennessee Walking Horses in Horse Isle (not bred ones). In rare cases, horses might have metrics outside of the range. Breeders can produce horses that are beyond this range.

Speed: 15.4-17.0, 16.3 (0.3), 0.06.
Sprint: 47-58, 53 (2), 0.48.

Accel: 0.86-1.01, 0.94 (0.03), 0.01.
Decel: 0.86-1.00, 0.93 (0.03), 0.01.

Jump: 5.12-5.39, 5.26 (0.06), 0.01.
Pull: 1.91-2.65, 2.22 (0.14), 0.03.

Turning: 45.51-60.85, 53.26 (2.65), 0.52.
Reverse: 2.4-3.1, 2.7 (0.1), 0.03.

Stamina: 41.97-47.25, 44.51 (1.16), 0.23.
Reaction: 0.64-0.76, 0.71 (0.03), 0.01.

Coats & Height:
Colors & patterns: all colors and patterns except for dominant-black, mushroom, manchado, mealy, and leopard.

Height: 14.3hh to 17hh.
Tennessee Walking Horse Black Coat
Black Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Coal Black Coat
Coal Black Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Ebony Black Coat
Ebony Black Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Seal Brown Coat
Seal Brown Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Linebacked Sepia Brown Coat
Linebacked Sepia Brown Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Chocolate Brown Coat
Chocolate Brown Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Blood Bay Coat
Blood Bay Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Bright Bay Coat
Bright Bay Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Bright Wild Bay Coat
Bright Wild Bay Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Liver Chocolate Chestnut Coat
Liver Chocolate Chestnut Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Flaxen Liver Chestnut Coat
Flaxen Liver Chestnut Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Flaxen Red Chestnut Coat
Flaxen Red Chestnut Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Red Chestnut Coat
Red Chestnut Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Chestnut Coat
Chestnut Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Flaxen Strawberry Roan Coat
Flaxen Strawberry Roan Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Bright Palomino Coat
Bright Palomino Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Linebacked Perlino Coat
Linebacked Perlino Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Grulla Coat
Grulla Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Slate Grulla Coat
Slate Grulla Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Sooty Dun Coat
Sooty Dun Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Dun Coat
Dun Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Dun Coat
Dun Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Flaxen Red Dun Coat
Flaxen Red Dun Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Claybank Dun Coat
Claybank Dun Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Blue Silver Coat
Blue Silver Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Sooty Sepia Brown Silver Coat
Sooty Sepia Brown Silver Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Brown Buckskin Silver Coat
Brown Buckskin Silver Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Pale Yellow Silver Coat
Pale Yellow Silver Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Flaxen Golden Champagne Coat
Flaxen Golden Champagne Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Linebacked Amber Pearl Silver Coat
Linebacked Amber Pearl Silver Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Brown Pearl Coat
Brown Pearl Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Linebacked Ivory Champagne Tobiano Coat
Linebacked Ivory Champagne Tobiano Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Cream Amber Champagne Sabino Coat
Cream Amber Champagne Sabino Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Coal Black Tobiano Coat
Coal Black Tobiano Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Linebacked Chestnut Tobiano Coat
Linebacked Chestnut Tobiano Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Yellow Silver Tobiano Coat
Yellow Silver Tobiano Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Sooty Brown Silver Tobiano Coat
Sooty Brown Silver Tobiano Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Sooty Dun Tobiano Coat
Sooty Dun Tobiano Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Flaxen Cremello Tobiano Coat
Flaxen Cremello Tobiano Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Golden Bay Tovero Coat
Golden Bay Tovero Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Blonde Palomino Tobiano Coat
Blonde Palomino Tobiano Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Flaxen Chestnut Tobiano Coat
Flaxen Chestnut Tobiano Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Chocolate Brown Tovero Coat
Chocolate Brown Tovero Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Linebacked Ivory Champagne Frame Coat
Linebacked Ivory Champagne Frame Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Chocolate Brown Sabino Coat
Chocolate Brown Sabino Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Blood Bay Sabino Coat
Blood Bay Sabino Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Smoky Black Sabino Coat
Smoky Black Sabino Coat
Tennessee Walking Horse Perlino Dun Coat
Perlino Dun Coat


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