Easy-Gaited Horses: Gentle, humane methods for training and riding gaited pleasure horses

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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. Her...

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Overview

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. Her training methods are gentle and 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, how to retrain an easy-gaited show horse for pleasure riding,how to train gaited foals and colts, and how to preparebefore taking a young horse on his first ride.

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Editorial Reviews

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“A valuable resource, whether you’re an experienced owner or buying your first easy-gaited horse….Ziegler’s approach stresses gentle, humane training using the principles of good horsemanship.”

Trail Rider Magazine

“Lee presents the what, why, and how of easy gaits….A must-read for those who mistakenly believe gaits are best achieved through pain and force.”

Natural Horse

“A thorough, well-written look at training the pleasure horse….Ziegler is a top clinician in Germany and the United States and brings 30 years’ experience with gaited breeds to this book. It’s a keeper.”

Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580175623
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 2/15/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 585,335
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee Ziegler writes on easy-gaited horses for such publications as The Fox Trotter Journal, Horse and Horseman, Walking Way, Gaitway Magazine, The Canadian Walking Horse News, and The Gaited Horse. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Rhonda Hart Poe

Introduction

1 What Are the Easy Gaits?

2 The Why and How of Easy Gaits

3 Before You Ride

4 Ground Work

5 Developing the Ordinary Walk

6 The Flat Walk, or Slow Paso Llano

7 The Stepping Pace, Amble, or Sobreandando

8 Introducing the Easy Gaits

9 The Pace Problem and How to Solve It

10 Improving the Flat Walk and Intermediate Gaits

11 The Canter

12 Finishing Touches

13 Foals & Young Gaited Horses

Appendix A: Sample Lesson Plans for Developing and Improving Gait

Appendix B: Names of Gaits and Gaited Breeds

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2005

    Factual, Easy to understand

    Great and detailed book from Lee! This is without a doubt the best guide to gaited horses available today. Makes Gaits of Gold look like fools gold!

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