Improving movement of the naturally gaited horse using gymnastic jumping and ground rails.
Gymnastic jumping and ground rails have transformed my naturally gaited Tennessee walking horse’s lateral and four-beat canter into a truer three beat canter.
The Trick to Jumping
Fearless, carefree and adventurous. I’ve always aspired to be an event rider, yet fear has held me back. Reflecting on the last four years with Makana, my Walking Horse mare, I’m beginning to see how our experiences have prepared us for reaching this aspiration. We’ve trailered to numerous shows and clinics, ridden through several state parks, the gaited trail trials, and now we’re learning how to jump. more»
Forwardness is not an Option
A lesson on gaining forwardnesss over jumps and cavalettis and redirecting the attention of a distracted horse.
Gaited Dressage: A Course of Ground Rails
Gift of Freedom, my 8-year-old Tennessee walking horse and I are preparing for our first stadium class at the next schooling show (over ground rails, mind you.) In preparation for the show, I googled the Internet for a basic stadium course that I set up at home with ground rails. more»
Video: Gaited horse over a course of ground rails
Video: Cantering an L-shape
Raised cavaletti helps improve range of motion.
Gymnastic jumping with bounces of two or more jumps in a row with no canter strides in between.
Video: Starting a Gaited Horse over Jumps
Fences spaced a canter stride length apart have helped improve my Walking horse’s leap in the canter.