“Talk about riding on air!”
Sue Brooks, Helena, Montana
Nothing compares to sailing through the mountains and forests aboard a sure-footed, smooth-gaited horse in peak athletic condition!
Dunrovin’s Tennessee Walking Horses are:
- Superb athletes
- Veteran trail mounts
- Trained by professionals to condition body and mind and ensure responsiveness
- More than able to meet any challenge presented by the most experienced of riders
- Gentle and well trained enough to accommodate beginners.
Dunrovin emphasizes hands-on horsemanship. You will be paired with the same horse for your entire stay, so you’ll get to know each other and become a team. You don’t need riding experience. You do need to possess some athleticism and have a sense of adventure. If you are a beginner, we’ll teach you the basics. If you are experienced, we’ll help you improve.
They say that “to ride a Tennessee Walker is to own a Tennessee Walker.” That’s how exceptional the breed is.
The flat walk is a brisk, four-beat, long-reaching walk that can cover 4 to 8 miles per hour. The horse glides over the track left by the front foot with his hind foot: right rear over right front, left rear over left front. This action of the back foot slipping over the front track is known as the “over-stride,” and is an inherited, natural gait unique to Tennessee Walkers.
The running walk, the gait for which the breed is most famous, is an extra-smooth, gliding gait that is basically the same as the flat walk, but faster: 10 to 20 miles per hour. As the speed is increased, the horse over-steps the front track with the back foot by a distance of 6 to 18 inches, creating a motion that gives the rider a feeling of gliding through the air or “riding the glide.” Tennessee Walking Horses nod their heads while performing the running walk. Many Tennessee Walking Horses are also able to perform the rack, stepping pace, foxtrot, single-foot, and other variations of the famous running walk.
The canter is a collected gallop, like the canter or lope of other breeds, except that Tennessee Walking Horses seem to have a more relaxed way of performing the canter. They lift their front end, giving an easy rise and fall motion much like a rocking chair—often called the "rocking-chair" gait.