Saturday, April 7, 2012

Gaited Horse Dressage

Claudia Coombs is one of the top ranked gaited horse dressage riders in the US.  She used to compete on warmbloods until a hip injury forced her to switch to gatied horses.  She rides Tennessee Walkers and here is video of her gaiting her way to a blue ribbon over the warm bloods who trotted their tests.  I took some riding lessons from Claudia on Blessi and learned a lot.  She can teach dressage more as a problem solving technique.  Example: Have a distracted horse do ride forward 4 steps, turn on forehand, ride forward 6 steps, turn on forehand....

Claudia trains out of North Caroline.  She will also give clinics around the country, which are valuable regardless of the breed that you ride.

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