Horse Running Walk

September 08, 2008 Print Friendly and PDF

The running walk is the gait characteristic of the Tennessee Walking Horse. This four beat gait is similar to that of the regular walk, yet faster. In the running walk the hind feet overstep the front foot print by as much as 18 inches. This travel gives the gait a gliding motion. The running walk is also recognized by the horse’s bobbing and nodding head and flopping ears in rhythm with the horse’s legs.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.