Easy-Gaited Horses: Gentle, Humane Methods for Training and Riding Gaited Pleasure Horses
For more than 30 years, Lee Ziegler has been one of the foremost advocates of gaited horses in North America and Europe. Through her writing and in her clinics, she has introduced countless riders to the pleasures of riding a horse that is calm, obedient, relaxed, alert, sure-footed, easily maneuvered, and consistent in his gait.
Now, in "Easy-Gaited Horses, Ziegler offers a comprehensive guide to riding and training gaited pleasure horses. And unlike the old methods that called for manipulation of a horse's hooves or other gimmicks that could be cruel, Ziegler offers training methods that are gentle, humane, and produce a gaited horse that can be ridden in his gait barefoot, trimmed to his natural angles, with a mild bit, or even without one.
Ziegler begins by defining various types of gaits, explaining how they look to an observer and how they feel to the rider. Next, adopting a whole-body approach to training, she reveals the importance of understanding equine anatomy. She then discusses how to introduce the horse to a variety of gaits: the ordinary walk, the flat walk, the fox trot, the running walk, the saddle rack, and the canter. She explains how to ride a multi-gaited horse, how to handle gait problems, and even how to retrain an easy-gaited show horse for pleasure riding. Ziegler also discusses how to train gaited foals and colts and explains what preparation is necessary before taking the young horse on his first ride.
As riders grow older, comfort on horseback becomes more of an issue. That's where easy-gaited horses step in. Their unique, smooth gaits allow riders to enjoy time in the saddle with minimal physical exertion.
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This is a great book for anyone interested in gaited horses. Easy to read great illustrations. I learn something every time I pick it up. Full of training tips and answers to common gait problems. An excellent addition to any horse library. Read full review
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What Are the Easy Gaits?
The Why and How of Easy Gaits
Before You Ride
Developing the Ordinary Walk
The Flat Walk or Slow Paso Llano
The Stepping Pace Amble or Sobreandando
The Pace Problem and How to Solve It
Improving the Flat Walk and Intermediate Gaits
Foals Young Gaited Horses
Sample Lesson Plans for Developing and Improving Gait
Names of Gaits and Gaited Breeds
Introducing the Easy Gaits
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Limited preview - 2005