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post #1 of 9 Old 05-26-2014, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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DVD's for gaited learning??

Are there any good dvd's that teach about gaited horses? how to ride, etc? I am taking lessons with a gaited trainer, but would like to see dvds
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The Bible is Liz Graves. Liz Graves:Gaited Horse--Gathering of Gaits

A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.
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In general, for daily riding, you ride a gaited horse like you ride any good horse (sit balanced with a strong seat). The hand can be a variant, as most gaited horses more better when ridden in contact. Some do OK on a loose rein but they are the clear minority.

Every gaited horse has a "native" way of going for them where they will balance smoothness against the energy they have expend to maintain that gait. This gait can diagonal or lateral, fast or slow, or flashy or mundane. This is going to be that horse's gait for "everyday" stuff. It's often, but not at all universally, what they do at liberty.

The problems begin when the human in saddle or on the ground decides that the horse's native way of going is "incorrect" and set out to "fix" it. The show ring is the most common place where this happens, but not the only place. Avoid the show ring and you avoid a lot of problems.

It also becomes a problem where the breed is based upon a certain way of going. Not all Walkers do a running walk (as not all Foxtrotters foxtrot and not all Racking Horses rack, etc.). Now, to make them comply with an arbitrary standard, we begin to force the horse into a frame/way of going that is not native to them. A little bit of this won't really do any harm if done carefully and thoughtfully. But we have multiple examples where care and thought are not really part of the process. And trainers who think "if one is good, two must be better and three is outstanding."

All of this is a long way of saying that DVDs of "gaited horse riding techniques" are not really required to effectively ride the average gaited horse. Having a good seat, good hands, effective use of legs, and overall good riding skill is necessary. That generally means time in saddle intelligently used. I've never mastered the art of riding a DVD!

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Avoid the show ring and you avoid a lot of problems.

True for all disciplines!
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I bo't Liz Graves a gathering of gaits. Most is filmed in a clinic setting and she has the rider ride, then she'll ride the same horse. I get a kick out of her as she'll giggle and ask if she can ride, she loves horses so much. But she is able to demonstrate with various horses what she is trying to teach. She's not on her own well trained horse.
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I like David Lichman, too.
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Originally Posted by luke4275 View Post
Are there any good dvd's that teach about gaited horses? how to ride, etc? I am taking lessons with a gaited trainer, but would like to see dvds

Carlos Tabon is one of the best Paso Fino trainers out there. We have his CD set and they are great reference aids.
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I have two gaited training DVDs you may be interested in. I don't have any riding advice in them, but I am looking to film some for my next DVD. Also, you can go to my website and sign up for FREE gaited training videos.

Training a Smooth Gait, Naturally!* DVD


Free Gaited Training Videos
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