Relaxation, Softness & Engagement in the Naturally Gaited Horse

relaxation softness and engagement in the naturally gaited horse

Relaxation, Softness & Engagement in the Naturally Gaited Horse

By Jennifer Klitzke

Wowzers, was she ever a hot tamale! After five months of Minnesota winter off, this was Lady’s second ride of the Spring.

Lady is my friend’s naturally gaited fox trotting horse. She is ridden barefoot and in a snaffle bridle. In this riding session, we focused on relaxation (of mind and body), softness in the jaw, and engagement (stepping deeper under the body).

With a little persistence, gentleness, and encouragement, Lady settled into some rather nice fox trotting that was relaxed, soft, and balanced, with good rhythm and engagement.

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