Long and low

Riding your horse in a long and low frame will improve the quality of all gaits. Freewalk on a long rein is a great way to start a young green horse, as well as begin and end every ride on a horse of any level of training.

The DVD “Training the Gaited Horse from the Trail to the Rail” by Gary Lane with Anita Howe shows vintage footage of foundation Walking Horses along with footage of today’s Walking Horses, and offers tips to resolve common gait problems such as pacing and hard trotting in the gaited horse by using long and low. Anita builds her foundation in the easy-gaits by encouraging a forward flat walk in a long and low frame. Over weeks or months of consistent work and after the horse has developed its muscles and established a consistent four-beat step, more speed is added .