I am delighted with Beverly Whittington's series! I recently purchased my first gaited horse and, while he initially gaited under saddle, after riding him a few weeks, he began trotting. I knew it was my fault, but my instructor is not familiar with gaited breeds and we needed professional help. Now we are both reading Beverly's articles and focusing on my position in the saddle. Hopefully, with Beverly's guidance, we'll get my young RMH gelding gaiting again!
He's gaiting! we don't have much room to ride in as the indoor arena is half flooded (the building is against a slope and water is seeping in on one side). But today it was a balmy 35 degrees and the road near the barn is well-sanded so we rode outside. As soon as Moses (my RMH) breaks his gait and starts to trot, I feel my back arch and my weight shift slightly forward. I check him immediately. Now he seems to only break into the trot when we are rounding circles, especially to the left.
I really enjoy your series. Thanks so much for making it available!