These articles have been written to help the TWH rider and owner better understand what they are experiencing in the saddle and how to better train the TWH without using mechanics and manipulative shoeing. We've also compiled articles written by trainers and professionals within the gaited horse community who have the same goals in mind.
The Gaits of the Tennessee Walking Horse. Click here for our article about the six gaits TWHs most commonly perform, including how to recognize them.
Anita Howe: Whatever Happened to the Flatfoot Walk? Analysis of what Ms. Howe personally interprets, understands and asks her horses for in the three walking gaits of the pleasure walking horse, including the dog walk.
Anita Howe: The Running Walk. "There is tremendous confusion today, even among those who own and breed these horses about exactly how a walking horse should be gaiting!" This article explains the running walk as the signature gait of the TWH.
Anita Howe: Overstride is an Illusion! This article analyzes how overstride really works and "how using overstride as a tool to gauge actual stride will always be inaccurate for comparisons."
Anita Howe: Is it a Walk or is it a Rack? The difference between the running walk and the rack.
Scot MacGregor: Fox Trotting and the Trot. Explanation of the fox trot and the trot, how to recognize it in your Walking Horse, and exercises and riding techniques for how to change it to the flat walk.
Scot MacGregor: Pacing. Explanation of the pace, how to recognize it in your Walking Horse, and exercises and riding techniques for how to change it to the flat walk.
Scot MacGregor: Racking. Explanation of the rack, how to recognize it in your horse, and exercises and riding techniques for how to change it to the flat walk.
Scot MacGregor: The Canter. The Tennessee Walking Horse canter is unique and brilliant under saddle. This article explains how to develop it.
Dr. Molly Nicodemus: Gait Analysis: Opening Doors to Understanding the Gaited Horse. Click the blue Next button to read the entire presentation. Dr. Nicodemus with the Gaited Locomotive Research Program performed scientific analysis of the gaits, including timing of the footfalls and variations within the movement of each gait. She specifically focuses on the TWH.
Anita Howe: Do You Really Need a Gaited Trainer? An article about how most issues with gaiting comes from not having a proper foundation of training on the horse.
Anita Howe: The Four R's = Training Naturally. If you want to train your horse to do something (anything), the Four R’s--Request, Response, Release and Repetition--are the natural horsemanship method to get you there.
Anita Howe: Unlocking the Shoulders. Teaching a horse how to unlock his shoulders, neck and jaw will help him find his correct running walk.
Anita Howe: Collection and Headset...in the Tennessee Walking Horse. Collection and headset are very much misunderstood terms in the gaited horse community. Ms. Howe explains the truth behind these terms and why we need to be asking our horses for them in the correct manner.
Anita Howe: Bitting the Walking Horse. Why "Walking Horse bits" aren't always the best choice for your horse and how bits actually work.
Gary Lane: Developing Contact in the Young Horse. As Gary says: "To develop contact, we must define it as a total package of seat-leg-hands, which is taken one step at a time, and slowly." This article helps us to understand what contact truly is and how to achieve it.
Gary Lane: Seat, Leg, Hands. The explanation of how the seat, legs and hands of the riders must come together in order to "assist the horse to achieve his foundation gait."
Gary Lane: Developing the Topline of the Horse. Gary explains why developing a strong and balanced topline is so important in our gaited horses, and why we shouldn't ride them with their heads too high and at speeds that are too fast.
Gary Lane: Developing the Gear Box in the Gaited Horse. How to correctly develop the different gaits and different speeds of your gaited horse.
Scot MacGregor: The Aids. The three most important aids when we ride are the hands, legs and seat. Scot explains the aids and how to use them to get specific results with your horse.
Scot MacGregor: A Training Guide on Bits. Many of us struggle with knowing what bit to use. Here, Scot breaks it down as to how different types of bits work to easily understand what bit your horse will benefit the most from.
Scot MacGregor: Training and Trainers. Scot let us write an article based on a Facebook post he made about how to find a good trainer and what to look for in whether or not the trainer is providing good training.
Scot MacGregor: How to Collect a Horse. Tips on how to achieve collection using the four stages of collection per humane, classical methods.
Scot MacGregor: Scot's Tips. Short, easy to remember tips concerning both the general care and classical training of TWHs.