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Gaits of Change
Telephone: 949.701.5271

Gaits of Change

Where Every Journey Begins With A First Stride

Horse Training & Education

Horses that are well rounded and present with acceptable behaviors are crucial to any Equine-Assisted Activity & Therapy program.  We depend on our equine partners to be able to service our program participants in a manner that is safe, fun, and provides the well rounded therapies they require.  Gaits of Change offers various training techniques to assist with problematic behaviors so that your equine partners can become a dependable, safe, and trusted member of your program.

Taking The Lead

"Taking The Lead" is an innovative teaching method for horse handling that teaches the Leading Method.  Horse handlers in every industry are able to establish a safe, controlled leading system without the use of restrictive devices of any kind.  The horses learn to trust you and know what is expected of them through clear direction that is given when teaching the horse to take a position beside you.  You are able to develop a partnership with your equine that results in trust.

Horse Partnership & Trust

"Take The Lead" can teach any horse and human combination how to lead with courage and respect.  This system lays the foundation to create a wonderful partnership with your equine.  Anyone with our without horse experience can be successful, safe, and accomplished once they are taught how to "Take The Lead".

Additional Benefits

  • Horses learn desirable behaviors through desensitizing methods
  • Promotes a less stressful environment for the horse
  • Volunteer Training becomes easy and successful for everyone

The Leading Method in Action

  • Therapeutic Riding & Hippotherapy Programs
  • Pony Club
  • Racing
  • 4-H Programs
  • English/Hunter/Jumper
  • Western/Gymkhana
  • Rodeo Circuit
  • Polo
  • Dressage
  • Driving
  • 3-Day Eventing
  • Breeding Programs & Stud Farms
  • Horse Rescues
  • Sale Bales
  • Rehabilitation & Lay-up Programs

"Tater Testimonial"

Special thanks to Sandy Webster, PATH Intl. Master Instructor for offering this exciting and insightful clinic!  Sandy's clinic provides training for volunteers and staff to learn techniques to enhance the trust between horses and humans, to safely introduce new experiences, and to address unwanted horse behavior.  Check out this photo of yours truly (that's me Tater) having to walk through a tent of colorful noodles while volunteers stand on barrels!


And don't miss this photo--Sandy and Sue are trying to convince my buddy Ramber that the blue tarp wasn't a scary bottomless pit!

In the photo below Sandy demonstrates the proper position, speed, and use of the dressage whip to lead Red.

Thanks Sandy for all your knowledge and expertise!  You made it fun for the whole herd!


 Other Testimonials

"Awesome... Thank you! Can't wait to teach our volunteer staff, I've been using your technique and have gained so much more respect from my horses already!"  ~~Jennifer Pape, Willow Creek Ranch Therapeutic Riding Center

"It was a great pleasure to attend your presentation at the PATH Conference and see how the horses work with the handling system.  I have conducted a few training sessions with the volunteers at our facility and will continue to use this system as a model for consistency in working with our horses. We have a very small program and the horses we work with are also in the regular school program. I think it is important to be as consistent as possible in our work with them. Thank you so much- you have been a great inspiration to me." ~~Sheila Brown



 Take The Lead & Order Your DVD Today

Cost:  $30.00 ($25.00 for DVD + $5.00 Shipping & Handling)

Check Payable To:  Sandy Webster 

Send Payment To:  Sandy Webster / 27685 Aquamarine / Mission Viejo, CA / 92691 

Call or Email Sandy to place your order:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949-701-5271--Please be sure to include your mailing address in your email so we can promptly mail out your order.  Thank you!