Okay, I admit it, there is no one bit for that works best for every gaited horse. However, I am going to list a few bits that I like and I am going to talk about why the bit doesn't really matter too much in the end, except for the horse's comfort. First off, let me … Continue reading The Best Bit for the Gaited Horse
Myth 1: Gaited horses just gait on their own. This is true and not true. Gaited horses do have the ability to gait; that part is natural. However, they are not born just gaiting smoothly. Many gaited horses pace, trot, or do something in between that is not as smooth as we would want. To … Continue reading 5 Myths about Gaited Horses
From Naturally Gaited by Jennifer Klitzke Have you ever heard anyone say, “Never trot a gaited horse, because trot will ruin their easy gait?” Who ever coined this myth maybe didn’t know there is a BIG difference between letting a gaited horse choose to trot off in a hollow fashion versus teaching a gaited horse to trot on cue in a quality … Continue reading BENEFITS OF TROTTING THE GAITED HORSE ON CUE – by Jennifer Klitzke
“If my horse is bred to gait, why does he pace/trot!?”
I use ground poles to help break up a pacey horse’s lateral gait. Pacey means the two legs on one side swing forward together or nearly together. Many gaited horses tend to the pacey or lateral type of gaits. This is often caused by tense horses, but even relaxed horses can be pacey. Once we … Continue reading Pacing to Gaiting Smoothly: How to Use Poles
Take a look at this short video I did as an example of the different perspective you can get from the horse's back. If you liked this video, take a look at the 2 hour long DVD.
Yesterday, I went and worked with two different Missouri Fox Trotters. I worked with each horse for about 1 hour. It was a mix of me working with the horse and then giving a lesson for the riders. Both horses are normally ridden in plain snaffles, with their owners preferring to keep it that way. … Continue reading A Tale of Two Horses
When observing a gaited horse, to tell what kind of gait he is in, it helps to look only at two legs on one side, usually the inside pair of legs. You will be able to tell if he is pacing, doing a stepping pace, or a smooth gait. Practice watching only one side and it will become easier to see what gait they are in.
Things We Learn from Wyatte Wyatte is a Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse gelding. He used to gait very well, but has learned to do a dead pace instead. Our first session was 2 months ago in September. In that training session, we worked for quite a while training him to softly give his nose. Mostly … Continue reading Training Wyatte