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    05-23-2011, 11:37 AM
I can say what cues I use, not sure if it's any help though :P

Walk - well.. not sure. Just asking him tro go :P

Flatwalk: Squeese gently with left leg/ankle when the left shoulder is moving backwards, and right leg when the right shoulder's moving. Stops when he has the speed and gait I want.

Rack/saddle rack/slow gait: Squeese with both legs at the same time. Sits back a bit.

Trot: taps with one heel gently. This comes from when I started to trot him I had to bend him a lot and kick/tap with the inside leg to get a trot. Now that tap is the trot cue.

Canter: I start canter from a racking type gait. I simply move as if he's already cantering, he picks up the move. If he starts rushing I take him back and try again.

That's my cues. :)
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    05-23-2011, 02:21 PM
Thanks Zab, that's exactly what I was looking for. RIght now, any leg pressure ANYWHERE gets more speed, but we are working on it..
    05-23-2011, 02:35 PM
Well, what do you currently do to get a trot vs a gait?
    05-23-2011, 03:21 PM
RIght now I use a double kiss for a gait, but I haven't gotten a trot on purpose on the lunge yet. When I give a little leg pressure or kiss-kiss from the saddle he gaits (tries to) but then trips up and goes into a trot. Trying to figure out how to separate the two is difficult right now. I'm thinking I should just walk, walk, walk for now until he builds up the right muscles...
    05-23-2011, 04:06 PM
Work on lateral movements, as in leg yields and bending etc. Ride figures, teach him to bend and flex properly.
Then you'll get the right muscles. Walking and working the walk is good too. :)
    05-29-2011, 11:21 AM
Check out Larry WHitesell or Jennifer Bauer. THey are both gaited horse trainiers and I attended a 5 day clinic in TN that has helped me and my horses alot
    05-29-2011, 12:52 PM
I am actually planning a clinic with Larry Whitesell's student this summer, and Larry Whitesell is having a clinic that I will watch this September! I am so excited!
    06-01-2011, 06:04 PM
I attended the 5 day clinic in TN and learned alot. He and Jennifer Bauer are good trainers. They handle horses very well and are very good with instructing the students

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