Friends of Sound Horses, Inc. In my opinion, FOSH is the leader in working with the government to help end soring. FOSH does an excellent job of educating the public and helping to raise awareness. FOSH also governs the Independent Judge's Association, which is a series of rules for all breeds of gaited horses for sound gaited horse shows. Check out their website for more information.
Humane Society of the United States - The Tennessee Walking Horse The HSUS has pledged to help raise awareness about the plight of the Tennessee Walking Horse. They work with the USDA to help enforce the HPA and other laws to protect this breed. As far as we understand, the HSUS is the only major animal rights organization that recognizes this problem and is helping to end it. We encourage you to visit their TWH page to learn more.
The National Walking Horse Association, Inc. NWHA is a phenomenal non-profit organization whose goal since its inception is to provide sound shows and venues for those who choose not to sore their TWHs. NWHA also provides the largest sound flat-shod horse show in the country every year with the NWHA National Show. They also have youth, trail riding, competative riding, versatility, and dressage programs. NWHA is currently working with the United States Dressage Federation, Inc. to start including gaited horses at dressage venues and develop strong dressage rules for their rulebook. NWHA's membership was also approved by the United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. This is the VERY FIRST gaited horse association to ever be approved for membership with the USEF! We highly support and recommend NWHA!
The Sound Horse Conference The SHC is a gathering of people in the Walking Horse industry to work towards education and action concerning soring and how to end it. From their website: "The Conference is an annual event, intending to encourage actions and educate stakeholders and the public on the issues surrounding ending soring. The Conference include presentations by veterinarians, trainers, government enforcement leaders, attorneys, professors, humane association professionals, and individual volunteers and horse people on topics from current soring observations, cultural objections to the practices, technologies and methods for enforcement, and initiatives in progress to end soring." Visit their website for dates and more information.
Natural Walking Horses This organization is located in Europe and supports the natural going Walking Horse and the gaits for what it was original breed for. From their website: " 'Natural Walking Horses' foster the respectful and humane treatment of Tennessee Walking Horses through increased public awareness and education, and to encourage the enhancement of each animal’s natural gait through good horsemanship." Please visit this site for more information about our sound friends in Europe!
B.L.E.S.S. Your Walking Horse by Bucky and Nancy Sparks Bucky and Nancy are trainers who use classical dressage methods to help get the perfect gait out of your horse without using gadgets or gimmicks. While this book is more of a companion book to Bucky and Nancy's clinics, it can stand alone and has some great tips and training methods to help you work with your gaited horse to school him in "Balance, Looseness, Engagement, Softness, and Soundness." Available through FOSH online or through Walking the Dog Ranch at http://www.blessyourhorse.com/.
Easy-Gaited Horses by Lee Ziegler This book focuses on the mechanics of the different types of gaits of gaited horse breeds and how to work with the different gaits. There are wonderful drawings and lesson plans to help you get the most out of your gaited horse. All of Lee’s methods are gimmick-free and easy to understand and put to good use. This book is available from most online bookstores.
The Fabulous Floating Horses by Barbara Weatherwax This is an excellent resource to learn about 30 different breeds of gaited horses. Barbara has a lot of experience and spent years studying gaited horses in order to produce this fabulous resource. http://www.thefabulousfloatinghorses.com/
Freedom To Gait by Anita Howe Anita's work in the sound and natural world of training Tennessee Walking Horses lead to this excellent book in four parts. She explains in detail the mechanics of the gait and how to find your horse's gait without using gadgets or gimmicks. Her book is available through her website at http://howetheywalk.com/freedom_to_gait.htm
From The Horse’s Mouth by Eugene Davis This book will put no doubt in your mind that soring does exist and it is a serious problem. Written from the horses’ points of view, the book covers real events that have happened to the author and trusted friends of the author. All of the stories are true—the names have been changes to protect the innocent so the guilty do not threaten them. This book is available from most online bookstores.
The Horse That Wouldn’t Trot by Rose Miller A new book by Rose Miller, a woman who has been involved in the TWH industry since she was a child. She has chronicled her experiences, from owning a wonderful stallion and his offspring to her band of mares and showing. She also includes the horrible practice of soring, to educate and move the public to help make a change. Available on Rose's website at http://www.rosemiller.net/default.htm and Amazon.com.
Training the Gaited Horse From the Trail to the Rail by Gary Lane This book covers natural methods to train your gaited horse how to use himself correctly so that you get the true gait and the right ride every time. From Gary himself: “The book covers 29 chapters and is a detailed look at the gaits of the Tennessee Walking Horse, Missouri Fox Trotter, and the Rocky Mountain Horse. More importantly the book teaches you a training program that is easy to follow for a smooth easy gaited horse. You will have a complete understanding of the gaits and problem solving at your fingertips. No matter what your training goal are, trail riding or showing. This book will help you understand gaits, training and retraining for a great gaited horse. Consider your horse natural ability and train to a sound standard that matches that ability. Teaching your horse to flat foot walk is fun and easy following the method described in this book. Enjoy the journey be safe and have fun. For more information see Windsweptstables.net.” The majority of the proceeds of
Walking With Friends by Maggie Moore This book is a wonderful coffee-table book that showcases the natural Tennessee Walking Horse throughout the
Videos and DVDs
Lonnie Kuehn's Instructional Videos Lonnie is a longtime supporter of both FOSH and NWHA and has great tips in her videos of how to help Walking Horses with their gaits. Her videos can help in buying and riding a gaited horse, training young horses, recognizing gaits, and getting the horse's gaits under saddle without using gadgets or gimmicks. http://www.pleasuregaitfarm.com/
Poetry in Motion: FOSH DVD I really like this DVD because it helps us learn about the different gaits a gaited horse can perform, both in and out of the show ring. The videos are detailed and slow down the gaits so you can see the footfalls and how the horse is moving, thus teaching you how to recognize what gait the horse is performing. You don't have to be a member with FOSH to purchase their DVD. Available through FOSH online.
Understanding the Gaits DVD by
Gaited Horse Tees Not really a reference, but a place where you can get great gaited horse products! Shirts, bags, mugs, mouse pads and more!
Gaits of Gold, Inc. The website run by gaited horse trainer Brenda Imus. Lots of great articles and tips. Brenda has also developed some really nice bits and saddles that are humane and specific to developing proper gait out of any breed of gaited horse.
Going Gaited On Line Going Gaited is a great place for lots of information about gaited horses. Breed profiles, questions and answers from trainers and industry professionals, and a focus on sound training methods and enjoying our horses is what this site is all about. Andrea writes regular articles for Going Gaited - click here for the list of articles she's written.
Walking-Horse.com A phenomenal link to stallions at stud, horses for sale, and lots of information about Tennessee Walking Horses and Spotted Saddle Horses. The ONLY website with classified ads that does not allow advertising of Performance or padded horses!
Walkers West While Walkers West is a farm that breeds and sells Tennessee Walkers and Spotted Saddle Horses, they also have a lot of information about the history of the breed. Individual information on famous horses, pedigrees, and their progeny is only the tip of the iceberg at this comprehensive website.
Tennessee Walking Horses - All Things Tennessee Walking Horses This is forum where you can create your own page to advertise yourself and your horses, ask for advice, or to find out more information about other horses and farms out there. A great way to meet new people and network. Note that this is a forum, so most information is going to be based on opinion and/or personal research...please use at your own risk.