Watch as trainer Anita Howe explains the Tennessee Walking Horse’s running walk.
The running walk is the same basic footfall and carriage as the flatfoot walk, but tempo and speeds are extended to range from 7-10 mph. The running walk is NOT a speed gait, but an energy efficient, ground covering and smooth gliding gait. “Form should never be sacrificed for excessive speeds.” Hoof lift and placement still must remain even, with isochronal timing. Front end lightness and “float” are typically rewarded in the upper performance levels at Tennessee Walking Horse shows, though some consider it controversial as to whether this suspended action of the front end remains a technically correct running walk.
Learn more at HowTheyWalk.com