By looking to the past, the National Walking Horse Association is setting the standard for the future. For five decades the controversial training and showing practices of the Tennessee Walking Horse stunted the breed's acceptance and growth. As the artificial gait changed the direction of the breed, the true gaits, which originally made the breed popular, were almost lost. Thus a group of nationwide, committed Walking Horse owners, breeders, trainers, and enthusiasts united to form the National Walking Horse Association.

NWHA promotes the general welfare of the Walking Horse and serves as an advocate for the Walking Horse against abusive and inhumane treatment. NWHA will increase public awareness of the natural abilities of the Walking Horse along with increasing the proficiency of its’ members in all matters of horsemanship. Lastly – NWHA will serve as a communication hub for the Walking Horse industry and other equine groups.

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