My Life with Walking Horses:
Walking horses became part of my vocabulary when I was a teenager, reading everything I could find regarding horses, horses and of course, for a bit of added information, dogs.
The first "real" Walker I rode was part of a riding stable string at the Dan Ryan Woods on the far south side of Chicago. Watching this horse, a black gelding with a white face, stroll up the drive as he returned to the barn, took my breath, here in the flesh, was the breed I had read about. The few times I made it there to ride, I called ahead to reserve this horse.
It took several years to acquire one of my own, 1971 to be exact. The breed has been a pivotal part of my life since that time.
The scope of my involvement covers every aspect of horse ownership. Over thirty years of riding, showing, breeding, foaling, and selling, as well as instructing for the past 20 years.
Showing horses all over the mid-west, KY and TN has deepened my philosophy and approach. Every student, every interested buyer, every show experience has contributed to my understanding of what you need as a pleasure rider/owner.
Helping novice or experienced riders, confident or frightened, healthy or not, has given me an empathy for everyone who puts their foot in the stirrup.
My involvement includes time on the National Board of Directors of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders Association, conceptualizing the newspaper "Steppin Out" and functioning as its editor. The National Walking Horse Association News was next on my editing/writing/interviewing list.
The Illinois Walking Horse Assoc. provided the opportunity to produce and coordinate several large horse shows, from show bills, hiring judges, and all other show associated work.
In my barn resides a beautiful gray stallion, "I’m a Travelin Man" who is the representative of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed in the comprehensive equine section of the Encyclopedia Britannica. He epitomizes the attitude, gait and style that are associated with this breed. I am ever grateful to have the privilege to own him, and his offspring, who are a testament to the power of inherited talent. "Trav" stands at stud at my farm, along with a handsome buckskin powerhouse, "Sir Starbuck", who is producing his own line of colorful properly gaited youngsters.
Marilyn Altman, Grant Park, Illinois 815-955-6554