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post #11 of 17 Old 08-25-2012, 04:41 PM
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I use both a bitless type of bridle and bits on my Peruvians. The choice depends on the horse and the level of training.
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post #12 of 17 Old 08-26-2012, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Guilherme View Post
Lee Z. knows nothing about gaited horses because she's been dead for several years. She knew a great deal and was well respected by her peers.

That makes no sense. There were no gaited horses several years ago? I haven't read the book. I am wondering if I misunderstood what you mean here.

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post #13 of 17 Old 08-26-2012, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Celeste View Post
That makes no sense. There were no gaited horses several years ago? I haven't read the book. I am wondering if I misunderstood what you mean here.
My point, perhaps inartfully stated, was that Lee Z. has been dead for some time and to speak of her in the present tense suggests that the criticisms of her knowledge are not based on fact.

Opinions are like noses; everybody is entitled to at least one. Those based upon fact are more valuable than those based upon emotion, hearsay, etc.

I had several fruitful exchanges with her over the years and respected her knowledge. Her insights remain valuable today. As with all things, there may be countervailing opinions.

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post #14 of 17 Old 08-26-2012, 01:25 PM
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I just thought that you were negating the validity of her book because it is not totally current; gaited horses work pretty much like they always have. That is IF you want a real horse and not a sored, artificial, big lick gait.

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post #15 of 17 Old 08-27-2012, 09:39 AM
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Kristi, congratulations on your new horse. You'd never mentioned what breed you have, which could explain something about the previous owners suggesting you not use a bit.

I'm in total agreement with Guilherme. I also really like what Walkinthewalk has to say.

I found Lee Z's book helpful. You might want to see if your local library has it to check it out before you buy.

As a beginner it's my suggestion that you find a good qualified trainer/instructor that comes with a good reputation. Do your homework!! Being a beginner and having a gaited horse you will be getting a ton of conflicting information which leads to confusion for both you and your horse. For every question you have you're going to get a ton of different opinions which is why a good trainer to listen to is important!

Best of luck!
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post #16 of 17 Old 08-27-2012, 04:08 PM
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Congratulations on your new horse!

Is your horse a TWH? This is the breed that I ride and train, and show here in Alberta.
You may not be cantering yet, and if you do have a TWH, there are differing opinions on cantering. Since someone on this thread has told you NOT to canter your horse, I would like to offer a differing view point.

When you are ready to canter, go for it. I show 3-gait with my walker, and they have the most beautiful, slow canter. Many trainers in the states do not canter their walkers because they want them to run walk as fast as possible.

I do agree that you should have a nice flat walk and run walk before moving into a canter, just as you would walk/trot a trotter before cantering.

Getting your horse to gait, you could definitely use a good trainer on the ground to help you get a feel for when your horse is "hitting" it so to speak. If possible, ride another gaited horse who does gait so you can really get the feel for the rythym.

Good luck!
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post #17 of 17 Old 08-27-2012, 06:54 PM
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I think gaited is great for beginner. I grew up on walkers and still consider my self a beginner . I just recently got back into horses as an adult after being dormant for 25 years. I own a walker but i made sure i got a great well broke walker that is highly trained..I always say i paid for training not the horse. I would in no way feel ok in less then what i have. I also suggest training.IMO a hackamore is not for beginners. I tried it on a paint once and was SO paranoid he was gonna take off. Now my not being confident made him not confident and it was a viscous cycle . Get your horse to a gaited trainer even if its for a few lessons with you and the horse. I have my horse out at this walking horse barn now and i take private lessons and i have never learned more about how to ride properly then i have in the last few months. I am now a more confident rider because of it. Even on my dead as a door nail broke horse i still felt un easy because of me.Now we are quite the pair.

Good luck and where the heck are the pics dang it.?
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