Breed Spotlight: Tennessee Walking Horse

Breed Spotlight: Tennessee Walking Horse

Tennessee Walking Horse

Originally bred from crossing the Mustang with several different pacer-breeds, Astranar was eager to bring this gaited horse to their shores. They are considered a secondary horse, meaning in order to own one, you’ll have to spend real-world funds in addition to the purchase price of the game.

The Tennessee Walking Horse is described as a refine, elegantly built horse, though solid and middling in terms of muscle. With short backs, long shoulders and hips, and small, well-placed ears, breed books allow for their hind legs to be slightly over-angulated. They are well known for their sweet and calm temperaments, though don’t be surprised if they show a little bit of sass. Their personalities match their different styles of leg movements well!

TWH 1

With their smooth, rolling gaits, the Tennessee Walking Horse is largely regarded as a pleasure-riding horse, meaning they are great for long rides and endurance type events. Because they have a special gait referred to as a “running walk” that gives them a higher step, they are also used for some dressage events. There are laws and stiff regulations about how you train this horse to pick up its feet for dressage in order to avoid abusing them. Ruby District is home to this breed, since with all their gorges, valleys, and farms, you sometimes want a horse who has the ability to go all-day without leaving you sore afterward!

TWH 2

Breed Characteristics:
Tennessee Walking Horses come in several colors, including sorrel (red with blonde mane for Mystic Rider purposes), chestnut (red with red mane for Mystic Rider purposes), bay, brown, buckskin, palomino, black, and grey. The breed also allows for all varieties of markings and paints. The big requirement for this horse is the presence of the running-walk gait, with trotting being an optional gait as a result.

Starting Stats: *
Speed:                    2                                              Discipline:       4
Endurance:         5                                               Agility:             3
Strength:             2

* Note, these numbers aren’t set in stone. They are Becca’s way of trying to reduce her knowledge/research of breeds and their particular skills and traits into numbers so when animators and programmers have to look at these horses, they can go, “Oh, this horse can’t turn worth beans but this one can on a dime, noted!”

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