Gait Ways LLC - Traveling Gaited Horse Training

N2746 Hardscrabble Road   -   Palmyra, WI 53156 

Our mission is to bring horses and people together in partnership. We intend to provide our students with a safe learning environment and positive approach to being with horses and riding. Through our passion for the Icelandic Horse we hope to inspire an appreciation for this unique breed.

We are a small riding school with a few lesson horses suitable for all levels of riders - beginner to advanced, kids and adults. Our instructor Ann-Christin Kloth has 30 years of experience.

Our schedule for the rest of the year is set. We will offer three clinics and host a fun show. To find out more please click here. The next clinic will be at September 10th + 11th, 2016 and is open for all gaited breeds.

Horses are outstanding teachers. We just have to be willing to listen.

Inside arena
Inside arena


Private Lesson (30-45 min)                            $50 (10 lesson package $450)
Semi Private lesson (2 riders, 45 min)            $40 (10 lesson package $350)Group Lesson (max 4 riders, 45-60 min)         $30 (8 lesson package required) "Getting to know us" private lesson                $40 (limit one time per person)

Helmets are required for all lessons, we have a few which you can borrow. Shoes or boots with heels are required as well (no tennis shoes). As the Icelandic Horse is on the smaller side, we have weight limits for riders: Max 165 lbs for beginner riders and 190 lbs for intermediate to advanced riders. Our lesson packages for private or semi private lessons are valid for three months from the date of the first lesson. For group lessons we have a course format, which means classes run 8 weeks, with a defined beginning and end. We will try to offer you make up dates if you miss a class. If you need to cancel, please do so 24hrs in advance by phone, otherwise we will have to charge for the lesson.

Our Concept:
We believe that it is important to teach people about the nature of horses first from the ground, then in the saddle. Many behaviors of horses seem to be an overreaction or inappropriate to the situation. But the horse is a highly developed survival artist, a prey/flight animal unlike humans, who are from a scientific point of view predators. By gaining an understanding of this reality people acquire the skills to be safe and fair with horses. This means that most of our lessons will include or consist of (for beginner riders) groundwork.
Horses have different characters and moods just like humans, and we like to check in with them to simply say: “Hi, how are you doing today?” Groundwork also is a great way to introduce human and horse, who have never met before, to each other. Through this proper introduction we make way for a positive experience on both sides. We intend to teach people how to listen to the horses and respond in an appropriate way.
Riding the Icelandic Horse is close to the English riding style, with dressage elements and of course, learning how to ride the Tölt, the unique gait of this breed. It is comparable to a rack.

We offer a wide variety of topics:
  • groundwork, developing a partnership between horse and person
  • basic dressage
  • horsemanship principles
  • gait training
  • competition riding
  • obstacles
  • trail riding
  • personal development with horses 

Teaching horse and rider to be light in cues and responding is one of our main goals.

One of my teachers used to say: ”You have to pick up your students where they are and not where you want them or they want to be.” Which means we will tend to your goals and needs, and support you along the way to get where you want to be.

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