Tennessee Walking Horse

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky

The Tennessee Walking Horse (saddle type) was developed in, you guessed it, Tennessee; actually, the middle basin of Tennessee.

The breed traces back to:

The Tennessee Walking Horse breed was formally recognized in 1935 with the establishment of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ Association (now the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association). At that time, Allan F-1, otherwise known as Black Allan, was designated the official foundation sire of the breed. Allan F-1 was crossed with Morgan and Standardbred mares to establish the Walking Horse type.

Its characteristics include:

  • A long, common head
  • Neck coming high out of a sloping shoulder
  • Full mane
  • Steep croup
  • Full tail

The Walking Horse’s animation in movement is exaggerated by the ability to rock back on its haunches and elevate its knees. The Tennessee Walking Horse generally stands about 15.2 hands tall and has solid coat color patterns.

The Tennessee Walking Horse’s most popular qualities include a kind temperament, the ability to perform a running walk, and being an excellent horse for show and pleasure riding.