The Tennessee Walking Horse also known as Plantation Walking Horse is a breed of a gaited horse known for its unique four-beat running walk and flashy movement. The Tennessee Walking Horse's unique walking gait makes it a favorite ride with beginners, older riders, and riders with back problems. They were originally bred as a utility horse for all types of farm work as well as family transportation and recreation.
The Tennessee Walking Horse is the states official horse. The breed dates to the late 19th/early 20th century and is descended from a composition of Narragansett, Canadian Pacer, Standardbred, Thoroughbred, Morgan, and American Saddlebred stock. These bloods were fused into one animal in the middle of the Tennessee bluegrass region, resulting in one of the greatest show, pleasure, and trail riding horses.
The Tennessee Walking Horse gaits:
They may be a warm-blooded breed, but there are several personality traits that are more reflective of the larger cold-blooded breeds. They are strong, athletic, and love having attention. When they are happy, they will be playful, and perfect for anyone who loves horses.
The Paso Fino is widely known as being the smoothest ride around. There are tales of riders being able to carry a full glass of water while in the saddle, never spilling a drop. According to the USEF, the gait is smooth, purposeful, straight, balanced and synchronous front to rear.