Train Your Gaited Horse

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In­ter­na­tion­ally known gaited-horse clin­i­cians Larry White­sell and Jen­nifer Bauer have cre­ated Rid­ing the Gaited Horse, a three-disc set packed with prac­ti­cal tech­niques to help you en­gage your horse’s hindquar­ters and re­lax his back so he’ll gait more smoothly. Such prob­lems as trot­ting or pac­ing will then dis­ap­pear, as­sert the clin­i­cians.

You’ll follow spe­cific ex­er­cises de­signed to in­crease your horse’s strength, sup­ple­ness, and col­lec­tion to cre­ate a smooth, even gait. You’ll learn how to cre­ate a soft, sup­ple horse from the ground up.

White­sell, a life­long horse­man, has had suc­cess in the show ring. He’s stud­ied with the clas­si­cal dres­sage trainer and au­thor Do­minique Bar­bier. Bauer, who also grew up with horses, has worked with clas­si­cal train­ers and has trained with White­sell for five years.

Here, White­sell fo­cuses on the horse, while Bauer trains the rider. This in­tense, two-pronged ap­proach helps trail rid­ers of all ages and skill lev­els. Cost: $120. Con­tact: (931) 267-6723; www.gait­ed­horse­man­ship.com. — Cate Lamm

The Trail Rider Ed­i­to­rial As­sis­tant

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