Smooth Gaited Riding Lessons
I offer individual lessons to help people get the fullest enjoyment with their gaited horses. I've been teaching gaited riders & horses how to "Go Smooth" for nearly 30 years and have worked with over 1000 gaited horses. I would love to help you get your horse gaiting to its best potential, and you will LOVE the difference a lesson or two will make for your and your horse!
I'll address numerous subjects that may affect how your horse gaits and go over each of them with you. These include such things as saddle fit, which bit or headstall is best for each horse (and how to determine this), shoeing methods and other specific needs of each horse & rider.
The majority of time is spent helping each rider learn to get their horse in the smoothest gait that horse can do. This involves a lot of teaching the rider and the horse as well so that when the clinic is over they can go home and continue improving together. From past experience we have seen that 80% of people leave after a one day lesson with total excitement over what they have learned and how nicely their horses are moving. Another 15% leave satisfied that they have seen a measure of improvement and are confident in their new found ability to work with their horses. There are of course a few who go home dejected that they spent $ on a horse with no potential to gait well. We will not beat around the bush to make you feel good... I've been accused quite accurately of being too honest and straight forward, even blunt. That's the way you'll get it. When you pay me to analyze your horse I will tell you its strengths and weaknesses and not leave you guessing.
If you are desiring to improve your horse's obedience, ground manners, turning and stopping skills, etc. my "gaited clinic" is not the place. We are focused on improving the quality of gaited horse's gaits. If you are wanting to compete in the Tennessee Walking Horse or Missouri Foxtrotting Horse Breed or any other show circuit, then don't waste your time or money with our clinic, as I will not . If official showing is your game, that's fine, but our clinic is not designed to help you. The gaits that usually win shows are rarely the most comfortable gait a horse has to offer. If your desire is to get the very smoothest ride your horse is capable of giving you, that is our specialty!
Another fun option is to plan a TRAIL RIDE CLINIC where I come with your group and take turns riding next to or behind each person, coaching you one at a time how to get your horse to gait better. This has been a very enjoyable and successful learning environment for many people!
For individual lessons at my place I charge $50/hour. One on one lessons allow me to focus on you and your horse and progress is made quite rapidly in most cases. Most people are riding their horse in a better gait than they ever knew it could do within a couple hours and by the end of three hours are ready to go home with the knowledge and confidence to gait well from then on! I have had several people tell me that they've spent over $1,000 on clinics that didn't teach them nearly as much as ours! Our rates are very reasonable because we are excited to help you get the best out of your gaited horse. This is my passion & my hobby as well as my vocation for many years!
Some Before and After Lesson Clips: