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TN Walking Horses

Mallory Johnson

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Horses are beautiful creatures. There are many different breeds, but a special one is the Tennessee Walking Horse. These horses have different features from the others. They are not as muscled as a Quarter Horse, which is known for being the fastest horse to run a quarter mile. They are not a draft horse like a Clydesdale or Shire, which are some of the tallest horses in the world. Tennessee Walking Horses only have an average height of 15.2 hands and an average weight of 1,000 lbs, which is way less than a draft horse. They have three distinctive gaits; Flat Walk; Running Walk; Canter. They also have their own special events throughout the year. One is located at the Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. It is called the International. This year was the 40th International and my family did really good. Another special event is the Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee, which is also the Tennessee Walking Horse Capital of the World. The event is for the best horses. It last about a week, so people from all over, bring their campers and spend the night. The first Saturday of the Celebration is Youth Day. They have a few contest, like art and horse judging. They give out scholarships and money prizes to the winners. You can compete in the horse judging competition through 4-h. Putnam County 4-h won this national competition this year. All three of the teammates placed in the top ten, with one even winning! The winners of any of these contest get to go in center ring during that night’s show. There is one more contest that really needs mentioning. It is the hat contest. You enter the contest and where your fanciest hat. The winners get to be driven out into center ring in a fancy old car. If you ever get a chance, you should definitely go watch the Celebration and maybe even enter a contest there. Tennessee Walking Horses are very fun to watch and even more fun to have!

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TN Walking Horses