more than 30 years, Lee Ziegler
has been one of the foremost advocates of gaited horses in North
and Europe. Through her writing and in her clinics, she has introduced
countless riders to the pleasures of riding a horse that is calm,
relaxed, alert, sure-footed, easily maneuvered, and consistent in his
in Easy-Gaited Horses,
Ziegler offers a comprehensive guide to riding and training gaited
horses. And unlike the old methods that called for manipulation of a
hooves or other gimmicks that could be cruel, Ziegler offers training
that are gentle, humane, and produce a gaited horse that can be ridden
in his gait barefoot, trimmed to his natural angles, with a mild bit,
even without one.
begins by defining various
types of gaits, explaining how they look to an observer and how they
to the rider. Next, adopting a whole-body approach to training, she
the importance of understanding equine anatomy. She then discusses how
to introduce the horse to a variety of gaits: the ordinary walk, the
walk, the fox trot, the running walk, the saddle rack, and the canter.
She explains how to ride a multi-gaited horse, how to handle gait
and even how to retrain an easy-gaited show horse for pleasure riding.
Ziegler also discusses how to train gaited foals and colts and explains
what preparation is necessary before taking the young horse on his
riders grow older, comfort on
horseback becomes more of an issue. That's where easy-gaited horses
in. Their unique, smooth gaits allow riders to enjoy time in the saddle
with minimal physical exertion..
by Lee Ziegler
in The Book Stall.