After 200 years of careful breeding the Tennessee Walking Horse has arrived in
Australia, creating the opportunity for Australians to enjoy one of the fastest
growing breeds in America. The Tennessee Walking Horse has been billed as the
World’s Greatest Pleasure Horse because of its sensible nature, great
endurance, excellent versatility and Natural Smooth Gait. Almost every city-slicker who has ever done an afternoon’s trail ride
has complained long and loud about “second gear” (the trot). Trotting is the
only real way to cover many miles, as it is reasonably quick and yet comfortable
for the horse. A fit rider can do it all day. The only problem is that it is
torture for the unfit, untrained rider (and a lot of work for the experienced
one!). This problem is solved by the Tennessee Walking Horse. It does not trot;
it does the flat walk and Running Walk. Half way between a Trot and a Pace, the Running
Walk of the TWH, Eats Up the Miles without Beating Up the Rider!
Completely natural in its movement, these strong but comfortable mounts were
originally bred in the Old South of the USA by wealthy Plantation Owners who
spent many hours in the saddle supervising the workings on their vast tracts.
They cross bred Thoroughbreds, Morgans, Narrangasset Pacers and Standardbreds
until they had created a comfortable gaited horse, the Tennessee Walking Horse.
This cross-breeding ensured the TWH had size, strength, endurance, gentle
nature and smooth ride to carry them all day, covering many miles, and returning
home in the evenings without the exhaustion from the effort of riding a trotting
With the advent of the carriage and road, the trotting horse became predominant
and the need for comfortable saddle horse declined. Thanks to a dedicated group
of breeders in Tennessee the TWH was saved as a breed and today are enjoying an
unprecedented growth in popularity as Americans look for outdoor equestrian
activity that can be enjoyed by all. It is common to see grandparents, their
adult children and young grandchildren enjoying the trail rides together, all on
Tennessee Walking Horses!
TWH comes in all shapes, sizes and colours. We have imported several black
mares, a palomino, pinto, chestnuts. Our stallions are black and pinto. We know the Tennessee Walking Horse, over time,
will become as popular in Australia, as it is in the USA.