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That is exciting news about a lite 4 Beat!!! I am dying to kmow if it will be western, with a horn, or endurance (which I prefer), but either way its great news!

Wish we were closer...

Danni, good to hear from you and that your mare is doing well. Do you keep in touch with Katy? I rode up to see Larry's place before Christmas...nice!

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I live about an hour south of Columbus, Ohio! I will certainly be there!



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That is wonderful news, Brenda. Sure hope it works out this time. As we get older the lighter the better. I look forward to seeing and you at the Fair. Going to try and make it this coming year.

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Brenda, that would work out perfectly!! By then, I'm hoping to be "in the market" for a trail saddle and I want it to be "light".

Great!

I have to agree with you about what we all want when we go to these clinics. My only suggestion is that you might mention at the beginning of each clinic that although "our" guys ARE gaited....they are still horses FIRST and they can do anything that any horse can do....and THEN some! r1

I honestly think that some people just HAVE to find something to complain about.....hmmm, whomever complained obviously gave no constructive criticism, as in just what they would have you do differently.

Thank you for being "you" and presenting the wonderful, informative clinics that you do.

Just an FYI to Brenda (and anyone who had followed my tail), my lovely little mare, Starfire (the one I was so worried about because her stifles locked during growth spurts) is now gaiting her little heart out. We're not quite "set" in her Fox trot, but her slow gait is fabulous! And, NO signs of locking up since her last tooth fell out this summer...not even clicking noises!

Thanks for the "hand holding" and story of your experiences with this issue.

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Thanks for the feedback.  Actually, every topic suggested here is one I always cover during my clinics and workshops.  I had a detractor (can you believe everyone doesn't adore  me? :D) complain on a public forum that I never come up with anything "new."  So I've been trying to find a way to freshen things up.  Problem is, the topics I cover are basically all the things gaited horse owners need - and seem to want - to understand.  There are only so many ways to boil an egg!

So I'm happy that you guys have confirmed what I suspected: if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it.

PB r1

Here's a little secret for y'all.  I'm working with a wonderful, talented Amish man on the design of a Lite 4-Beat saddle.  Many of you know that we've tried to introduce one on two previous occasions.  The first time it failed when my supplier declared bankruptcy, and the second attempt failed because the supplier did not meet my quality standards.  This time, working with CCi on parts of the product, this ambitious young Amish man, and another supplier with whom I've successfully done business for years - I think we're going to get there.  Our goal is to introduce it at Ohio. . .



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I think it interesting to see horses conformation described as to what gait they can do.  I am excited to just see Brenda and whatever she does.  I remember the last time I was there,  the new Circle Y saddles was coming out.  They had not arrived in her booth yet.  But I got to set on a 4Beat that was there.  That is when I made up my mind I would one day have one of them! 



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Hi Brenda!

I'm so happy to hear that you are going to be a presenter. When I lived in Ohio, I never missed going. Now that I've moved several times, its harder to attend.

I asked for the time off as soon as I had returned from Equine Affaire, last year, and hope to go, again, this year; more for the shopping than anything else. :D

But I will ALWAYS attend YOUR clinics.

The clinics that "I" enjoy most are where you work with people on their horses who are having trouble getting their breed's specific gait. I just can't watch it enough.

Also watching people with their horses who are having trouble going over obstacles is always fun.

Hope I'm there to watch whatever you decide to do!!! I'll know I'll enjoy it.

Danni.

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Slip, I think those are great suggestions. I know I have seen pics posted asking for advice on which tree to get, and have been surprised to have been wrong in my guess. Maybe some guidelines for which tree to choose if in the market for a 4beat would be something to add.

I also have had a hard time getting a handle on Brenda's confirmational knowledge as it pertains to what kind of gait the horse is conformed to do. More talk about that may be helpful as well.

For the 'new to gaited horses' folks, it seems many of them don't understand the gaits their horse is doing or how their QH tack is inhibiting the horses' freedom to perform square gaits (or what that means). Seems this is always one of the things Brenda is quick to cover.:D

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I, too, am excited for you, Brenda. Seeing your joy at EF doing that "mini" clinic, and hearing you say you had needed a "horse fix", here's another chance! Wish I could say we would come, but its a little far for us.

Maybe someone will post photos so we can all enjoy?

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I am excited that you are officially going.  Can't wait!



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Oh I have been wanting to attend this event for along time now. Maybe I will make it this time! Will try.

Well just off the top of my head, I would say one of the main issues to cover, is saddle fit. Don't think this can ever be covered enough.
1) How do know if it fits correctly.
2) How do you check your horses to see if the saddle you are using is causing soreness.
3) How saddle fit makes a difference.

** This does not apply to me particularly since you helped me very much at EF. But still think this is one of the most commonly asked questions and most misunderstood among the gaited horses especially because of the different way they move compared to that of a trotting horse.

And the next top one I think is...how to get gait. I know this is so diverse, since it is a bit different with each horse according to how it is traveling pace, trot, or a mixture. I think most people find it hard to tell if horse is gaiting correctly and what gait they are doing.

Anyway that is what I think are the top two problem areas.

But I imagine you have been over these two subjects, hundreds of times.

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Hi gang,

I received my presenter's contract and materials a few days ago from Equine Affaire management, and am planning to attend.

Now I'm requesting input from you.  There really is only a small number of problems that commonly crop up among gaited horses.  Over the years I developed a number of workshops and presentations to address those problems at public forums.  However,  many of my followers have attended at least one of my series of programs, and I want to keep things as fresh and interesting as possible.  So it's time to change things up.

What kinds of information are you most eager to have presented?  My listening ears are on!

Also, if you plan to attend in order to watch my presentations, be sure to check the schedule of events before hand.  It used to be that clinicians schedules were all spread out over the entire four days.  That changed a few years ago, and many of us "niche" clinicians now do our entire series of events in only two days - and sometimes during more "off" hours.  I've had people come to my booth in tears because they thought they could come to watch me during any day of the event, and discovered they had to go home before I was scheduled.  I don't know who felt worse, them, or me.

Thanks to all of you who asked EA management to invite me.  I'm really looking forward to it!

PB r1



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