Understanding why and how goes way beyond simply smoothing your ride.  Other clinicians may help your horse find a racky 4 beat gait, but fall short in explaining how to refine your horse into his breed standard

Do you understand WHY your horse has difficulties??? 

Why "less is more" when it comes to communicating with your horse???

Anita's "Release Based" riding coupled with effective ask-and-release aids will help you ride as a true partner and your horse enjoy his time on your adventures and challenges.  

 

Clinic Topics:

  • The 4 R’s of natural horsemanship communication?

    • Being consistent with your communication

 

  • The comfort of your horse directly linked to his calmness and thinking

    • You're Horse's Temperament and Training

  • Fundamentals of the Partnership

    • Connect at Liberty: respect vs. partnership

    • The Better Your Release the Faster he learns

    • Engaging your horse from "Back to Front"

  • Biomechanics of Easy Gaits : heredity, learned, rider influence

  • What are Authentic Gaits vs. mechanical gaits?

  • What gait is my horse doing and why?

    • Cure the Pace Habit

    • Helping the Trotting Horse find his glide

    • Setting the Multi-Gaited Horse to the gear you want

    • How a Horse’s Balance Improves or degrades Gait

  • Developing the Canter in your gaited horse: it's not about speed

  • Understand saddle fit and bitting your horse

  • Stand for quiet mounting (NEVER park-out for mounting)

  • Regaining Your Confidence after an accident

  • Calm and trouble-free Trailer Loading

  • Regaining Confidence after a fa

 

  • Liberty in the Round Pen (connection, confidence and respect)

  • Trail riding concerns for gait

  • Being part of the horse

    • Ride with an Independent Seat and Lighter Hands

  • Developing the Naturally Brilliant Horse 

New for 2018, any group may elect to choose the clinic topics to be covered.  My only requirement being that it includes fundamentals of gait biomechanics and natural horsemanship 4 R's.  For second or follow up clinics the topics are unrestricted. 

 

Please note that I never promote shoeing to alter gait. Shoeing is for hoof protection ONLY!

Choose your topics and bring your questions!

 

Building your own Open or Private Clinic... Customize your clinic to target the needs of your group and get the most help and advice for your money. It is your choice how many riders, how long and whether or not to open your clinic to auditors.

 

Basic:  "What is my horse doing and how can I help", a 1 day introduction to gait series.

In this one day clinic we discuss basic biomechanics of gait, focus on gait identification from both the ground and the saddle including the importance of natural, released-based horsemanship to work with your horses. We explore how riders can help or hinder the natural gaiting abilities of their horses.

 

Basic Plus: "Learning the Tools of Gait Correction" - 2 days,

Complete Two full days where you will work extensively with your horse, learning how to help him find natural gait, why and where he goes wrong, and what it will take for him to become more automatic in his gaiting.

 

Includes in depth analysis of biomechanics, extensive evaluation and development of a "training plan" to improve his strengths along with his balance as you polish his authentic gaiting abilities through released-based exercises.

 

Advanced: "Refining the Gaits" -

1 or 2 days a more advanced clinic specifically geared for walking horse riders who have already attended previous clinics or as an add-on to the Complete 2 day clinic.

 

For riders who are ready to further refine the fundamental gaits and/or learn to develop the canter in their gaited horse.

 

Preparing your Naturally Gaited Horse for the Show Ring; half day designed specifically for those who wish to explore the show ring or to improve their horse for showing. We will cover ring etiquette as well as areas that traditionally trip up gaited horses; grooming; prior preparation and traveling with your horse.

Do you want an "Authentic Gaits Clinic" in your area?  It's Easy!

Whether you have a family or private group, or a larger club, Anita can help you structure a clinic that will give your group the help and results you want while keeping costs affordable

  1. You Can Earn Free Participation!!!  An individual can earn their participation in an "Authentic Gaits" clinic with Anita Howe by becoming the "boots on the ground" organizer for your local clinic.  Get the first 6 riders signed to earn half off the cost of your participation,,,,, get all 9 other riding positions filled and earn your full participation free.

  2. Venue ... finding a covered arena large enough for 10 horses, with adequate parking that is available for weekend rental.  We'll need bathroom and picnic facilities while a sound system and horse overnight options are a big plus.  If you anticipate riding coming in any distance these become vital.

  3. A starter group of committed participants of 5 or more riders.  I traditionally accept up to 10 riders, but if you can secure the starting group I promote to fill the balance.

  4. Organized groups may wish to consider the "For Hire" option structured below to allow either subsidizing cost for members or using as a fund raiser. 

Please email or text me if you are interested in having a clinic in your area.  Remember, my goal is to always make a clinic affordable to people who wish to attend. 

816-686-7748  or  ajh@howetheywalk.com or PM me on FaceBook

 

PER RIDER CLINIC RATES:

Generally a 2 day Authentic Gaits Horsemanship Clinic, for up to 10 riders can be achieved at a per rider cost of  only $325--$375 depending upon arena rental costs and travel expenses to your location. I make every effort to keep costs under control to make these clinics available to the greatest number of people and horses.  We usually open these clinics for auditors as well, if space is available.

 

FOR HIRE CLINIC RATES:

Organized Groups may consider a Private Clinic to get more hands-on time for each rider...  Or

The for hire gives the group control over the cost to each participant by setting their own rates for members to either subsidize a reduced cost or to utilize participation as a fund raising event.

  • My "hire rate" is  $750 per day plus travel expenses, for a maximum of 10 participants.

  • Travel expenses may include lodging, mileage or car rental, airfare and airport parking. 

  • Unlimited auditors as your venue allows.

  • You may choose to add a morning or afternoon session for only $375 on the days of my travel, this may allow a larger group to get some additional timed.

  • All Clinics of this structure require a booking deposit of $400 with submission of contract.

Understanding "why and how" gives you the foundation and dialogue for increased partnership and change.

 

Clinic Topics:

  • What are Authentic Gaits?

  • The 4 R’s of classical training

  • Tools of Change and the Biomechanics of Gait

  • The comfort of your horse is paramount to success

  • What gait is my horse doing and why?

  • The Partnership of Correction and Refinement

  • Cure the Pace Habit

  • Helping the Trotting Horse find his smooth

  • How to 'Set' the Multi-Gaited Horse

  • Developing the Canter in your gaited horse

  • Position and stand for quiet mounting (a favorite with everyone, especially those with TALL horses)

  • Regaining Your Confidence after an accident

  • Calm and trouble-free Trailer Loading

  • Developing the Naturally Brilliant Show Horse

  • Liberty in the Round Pen (connection, confidence and respect)

  • Confidence on the Trail, what to expect

  • Ride with an Independent Seat and Lighter Hands

  • Engaging your horse from "Back to Front"

  • How a Horse’s Balance Improves or degrades Gait

  • The Better Your Release the Faster You’ll Achieve

  • You're Horse's Temperament and Training

 

Please note that I never promote shoeing to alter gait. Shoeing is for hoof protection ONLY!

Choose your topics and bring your questions!

 

Building your own Open or Private Clinic... Customize your clinic to target the needs of your group and get the most help and advice for your money. It is your choice how many riders, how long and whether or not to open your clinic to auditors.

 

Basic:  "What is my horse doing and how can I help", a 1 day introduction to gait series.

In this one day clinic we discuss basic biomechanics of gait, focus on gait identification from both the ground and the saddle including the importance of natural, released-based horsemanship to work with your horses. We explore how riders can help or hinder the natural gaiting abilities of their horses.

 

Basic Plus: "Learning the Tools of Gait Correction" - 2 days,

Complete Two full days where you will work extensively with your horse, learning how to help him find natural gait, why and where he goes wrong, and what it will take for him to become more automatic in his gaiting.

 

Includes in depth analysis of biomechanics, extensive evaluation and development of a "training plan" to improve his strengths along with his balance as you polish his authentic gaiting abilities through released-based exercises.

 

Advanced: "Refining the Gaits" -

1 or 2 days a more advanced clinic specifically geared for walking horse riders who have already attended previous clinics or as an add-on to the Complete 2 day clinic.

 

For riders who are ready to further refine the fundamental gaits and/or learn to develop the canter in their gaited horse.

 

Preparing your Naturally Gaited Horse for the Show Ring; half day designed specifically for those who wish to explore the show ring or to improve their horse for showing. We will cover ring etiquette as well as areas that traditionally trip up gaited horses; grooming; prior preparation and traveling with your horse.

 

So Bring Your Questions!

My goal is to help you where you need help most, not simply give you a prepared lecture. If you have questions I want to address them and I encourage open discussions, particularly in the smaller group format.

 

A la carte topics may be added to any of the above clinic structures as our time allows. You may, for instance, wish to host a "Basic" clinic but add a second day for private instruction for a smaller group or choose from among the optional topics below. Much of the natural horsemanship, biomechanics and bitting/saddle fit is included in all of the clinic structures above.

 

I can help you understand the fundamentals of gait biomechanics and start you toward a better relationship with your horse...A relationship where you simply "ask" him and he "gives" you his best, natural gait.

 

Released-based horsemanship opens communication between horse and rider. Too often riders unintentionally inhibit their horses natural ability, rather than release the horse to seek out his own bred-in gait and working with him to improve it. I am now offering group instruction because of my intense passion to share with others easy-to-grasp techniques that work consistently in helping gaited horses find their bred-in abilities.

 

The TWH and all gaited breeds deserve to find their way back from an era of "fix it" gait mentality, to the point where we can proudly display our gaited horses, keg shod or barefoot along side of any other well trained breed in any venue.

 

Biomechanics of Gait:

What are the easy gaits? 

and why your horse is built to gait?

What gait he is currently doing [evaluation for participant horses] and detail explanations for identifying different easy gaits

Curing the pace or trot (and rack): exactly what you need to learn and do to help your horse to correct and change his gait... NATURALLY!

 

Fundamentals of Natural Horsemanship:

The 4 R's of Natural Training... calming the horse by working with his mind through released-based communications.

Why natural training is the best method for training any horse to do anything [especially gaited horses]

Specific tools and exercises for dealing with specific problems

 

Bitting and Saddle Fit:

Why these are essential to quality gait.

Exactly what problems you need to watch for.

Evaluation of how your current tack is working for your horse.

 

Optional 60-90 minute topics available as time and schedule allows -

What YOU can do to help calm your horse and get him THINKING better

Improving the canter on your gaited horse... We get rid of the myth that "gaited horses don't canter"

Developing the Naturally Brilliant keg-shod or barefoot show horse

Taking to the trail with your gaited horse

 

 

Anita has extensive experience in training the following gaited breeds:

TWH

SSH

MFT

RMH/UMH

Icelandic's

Racking horses

Gaited Morgans

Peruvians

Paso Finos

 

Anita has been successfully training gaited horses and their riders on natural gait correction for 20+  years and has encountered dozens of horses brought in with statements like "There's no fixing this horse!".  

Well now there is! If you're local to the Montgomery AL area and would like to utilize the facilities at Howe They Walk Farm for a private lesson or small group, please email or call for details.

 

Please contact Anita at

ajh@howetheywalk.com  ***  phone 816-686-7748

for more details, schedule availability and currently scheduled clinics.

 

Happy Gaiting,

Anita Howe

Authentic Gaits Clinics

 

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