I highly recommend Clinton Andersons video Gaited Horsemanship :: Downunder Horsemanship
about gaited horsemanship. He helps you bring out the natural gait of the horse without any fancy shoe or bit gimmicks. You dont need any of that crap to bring out a horses natural gait.
Gaited Horsemanship features world famous trainer and clinician Clinton Anderson working exclusively with gaited horses in one of the most comprehensive training series on the market today. Filmed as a training diary, Clinton takes you step-by-step through the retraining process of two disrespectful and uneducated gaited horses while dispelling common myths surrounding gaited breeds. You’ll see firsthand that there are no tricks or gimmicks to getting a horse to gait – it all boils down to establishing a solid foundation that starts with groundwork and gaining the horse’s respect.
The horses used in the series demonstrate the levels of frustration gaited horse owners face to the extreme. Cavalina, a fifteen-year-old palomino, is nearly unrideable. She rears, trots, takes off with her rider and is nervous. Bella, an eleven-year-old mare, is lazy, stiff and refuses to canter. Both mares have major issues gaiting – Cavalina runs off with her rider and Bella can’t gait for more than a few steps. Clinton’s commentary as he works with the pushy, lazy horse and the fearful, reactive horse will prepare you to work with any type of gaited horse.
Clinton opens the series by introducing the gaited horse, answering frequently asked questions about gaited breeds and explaining the fundamentals of his commonsense training method. Divided into a six disc series with over eleven hours of instruction, the series takes viewers through the personal training diaries of two problematic gaited horses. The training techniques Clinton preaches in his Fundamental Series are used during a four week period. By the end of the training trial, both mares are able to gait on a loose rein while remaining soft, calm and responsive.
“Gaited horses are genetically bred to gait. So if you train a gaited horse correctly – gaining control of all five body parts and getting him soft and supple from his nose to his tail – he is going to do what he’s bred to do,” Clinton explains. “By the end of the series when both mares are gaiting like seasoned pros, it should come as no surprise.”
At the beginning of each week, Clinton shares new exercises designed to gain more respect and better suppleness throughout the horse’s body. He explains each step of the exercise and clearly demonstrates how to handle the reactions of a hot horse and a cold horse. Each session is finished by addressing common horse and rider problems that may be encountered, as well as success tips and troubleshooting topics that speed up the process to get the desired result. Off camera, Clinton works the horses each day and returns to camera the following week to show viewers the progress each horse has made.
The series culminates with the horses’ owner riding her two transformed horses. The difference between the horses from the beginning of the training program to their finished products is dramatic and will leave you itching to apply Clinton’s philosophies to your own gaited horses. 6-disc DVD. Runtime: 9 hours and 48 minutes. Disc One –
Introduction to Gaited Horses
Frequently Asked Questions
Fundamentals Disc Two –
Cavalina Groundwork Week 1
Bella Groundwork Week 1 Disc Three –
Cavalina Riding Week 1
Bella Riding Week 1
Cavalina Groundwork Week 2
Bella Groundwork Week 2 Disc Four –
Cavalina Riding Week 2
Bella Riding Week 2 Disc Five –
Cavalina Riding Week 3
Bella Riding Week 3 Disc Six –
Things to Remember
No matter what your riding ability or horse experience, you will be captivated by Clinton’s engaging lessons and gain skills to further your horsemanship and strengthen the bond with your gaited partner."