You have already discovered what many horse owners are just now starting to figure out: That unless you’re Tigger, bouncing is not much fun.
So now you have your very own gaited horse–what next? Turn to Brenda, of course.
Brenda Imus, the renowned gaited-horse trainer and clinician who created the Gaits from God DVD series does a wonderful job instructing us on how to buy, train and ride naturally gaited horses in her book, The Gaited Horse Bible. Available from Horsebooksetc.com for $29.95, the colorfully-illustrated paperback is a must-have for naturally gaited horse owners.
She addresses all spectrums of smooth gaits, ranging from the fox trot, flat walk, rack, running walk and stepping pace. In the first chapter, Brenda identifies the difference between each gait, and how to recognize the footfall pattern while the horse is in motion.
She looks at different breeds of gaited horses, and gives you the history of the breeds, and the characteristics, uses and common show ring tactics associated with those breeds. Since the 1990s, the Rocky Mountain Horse, Kentucky Mountain Horse, Spotted Saddle Horse and the Racking Horse have been added to gaited horse registry, and Brenda takes a look at these breeds in addition to the traditional breeds of naturally gated horses in the second chapter.
As you turn the pages, Brenda’s conversational and easy to read tone comes through in her books, making it an easy read for horsemen at all experience levels. She even has some words of wisdom that applies to those who do not own naturally gaited breeds.
When talking about choosing a new horse, she writes, “… In addition to their financial investment, by this time many owners have an emotional one too, and are reluctant to give up. Though few admit it, the root of this is often simple embarrassment at admitting their equestrian limitations. The underlying problem is that buyers often purchase horses that are too willful, spirited or green for their level of ability.
“This is why it’s essential to be completely honest about your level of experience and riding ability.”
Throught the book, Brenda also talks about how the buil of your horse affects the gait, what tack is best for your horse’s build, and how to train your horse as he ages.
This book is great for anyone who already owns a naturally gaited horse, or anyone who is looking at buying one.
One reviewer on Amazon writes, “What I loved best about this book is that the author CLEARLY and succinctly explains the different gaits, including how they feel from the seat, and what they look like from the ground. This has helped me to be able to identify what saddle gait a horse is doing much better, and has helped my work with my young gelding tremendously. Not only does she help you to identify what gait your horse is doing, but also why.”