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

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Discover the comfort of easy gaits!

It's easy to fall in love with gaited horses, says author Lee Ziegler, and not just because they tend to be handsome animals with good dispositions. More important, their special gaits are comfortable to ride over long distances (unlike the jarring trot), making them a trail rider's dream come true.

Whether it's the running walk of the Tennessee Walker, the fox trot of the Missouri Fox Trotter, the Rocky ...

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Overview

Discover the comfort of easy gaits!

It's easy to fall in love with gaited horses, says author Lee Ziegler, and not just because they tend to be handsome animals with good dispositions. More important, their special gaits are comfortable to ride over long distances (unlike the jarring trot), making them a trail rider's dream come true.

Whether it's the running walk of the Tennessee Walker, the fox trot of the Missouri Fox Trotter, the Rocky Mountain Horse's saddle gait, the Icelandic Horse's tolt, the Paso Fino's largo, or the Peruvian Paso's sobreandando, each easy gait can be smooth and delightful to experience.

Riding and training one of these horses, however, may be like changing from a one-gear pedal bicycle to a 20-speed model. Easy-gaited horses are complex, multi-geared individuals and present unique challenges for a horse owner who is more familiar with the simple walk, trot, and canter. Ziegler guides you through the fine points of developing and maintaining these extra gaits, using humane training methods that stress good horsemanship.

The book includes:

* Charts comparing the different gaits

* Best equipment for easy-gaited horses

* Ground exercises to develop coordination, flexibility, and trust

* Solutions to common gait problems

* Mounted exercises to improve the easy gaits

* Sample lesson plans

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“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: 495,548
  • 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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