A Tennessee Walking Horse is one of the easiest, most gentle, most user-friendly breeds of horse to own. Contrary to myth, a flat shod Tennessee Walking Horse requires no special training, shoeing or equipment, other than a snaffle bit with a small shank, and a saddle that is cut back from the withers to accommodate the neck and shoulder action of the gait.
NOTE: Please don't be surprised to see that very few riders on Tennessee Walking Horse sites are wearing riding helmets. The criteria for considering a horse to be well broke appears to be a lot stricter in North America. Consequently, the majority of riders spend their whole lives on horseback without ever seeing a riding helmet, let alone wearing one. This is not because of a lack of regard for safety. On the contrary, needing a helmet to ride a horse would indicate to North Americans that the horse should not be considered safe to ride, and is in need of further training. It's all in the point of view.