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The American Walking Pony is a relatively new breed, which was developed mainly for the use as a show horse in gaited competitions. Although it has three unique gaits, it is able to compete in seven. Due to its Welsh Pony heritage, the pony also makes an excellent light hunter.
The American Walking Pony is a cross between the Tennessee Walking Horse and the Welsh Pony. The registry for the American Walking Pony was first established in 1968 by Joan Hudson Brown. It regulates the breed by only allowing horses that have been registered with both the Walking Horse and the Welsh Pony (or a cross between the two). The first stallion to be registered in the American Walking Pony Registry was BT Golden Splendor and the first mare was Browntree's Flicka.
Breed Characteristics 
Standing up to 14 hands high at the withers, the American Walking pony is a relatively large pony-type. It has a clean, smallish head on a well arched and muscled neck. The shoulder is slightly sloped, the hips are well muscled and the back is relatively short. It can be most colours.
The American Walking Pony is capable of performing up multiple gaits, including the walk, pleasure walk, merry walk, trot, canter, slow gait and the rack. The pleasure walk and merry walk are unique to the breed. Both the Pleasure walk and the Merry walk are four-time beat gaits that are faster than a regular walk, and are described as being very light and free. The Merry Walk is the faster of the two.
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