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Riding in the Moment: Discover the Hidden Language of Dressage Paperback – March 11, 2011
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About the Author
MIKE SCHAFFER has worked as a professional horseman for over 40 years and has trained both horses and riders through the FEI levels. He is well known for explaining difficult concepts in straight forward language that riders of all levels can understand and appreciate. He teaches and trains on a daily basis and regularly gives clinics and seminars throughout North America. Mike is located in eastern Pennsylvania. Michael Schaffer is also the author of "Right from the Start - Create a Sane, Soft, Well-Balanced Horse" first published in 2001 by Trafalgar Square Publishers. Visit Mike's web site: www.mikeschaffer.com to see more about his books, videos, lessons, clinics, and training.
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RITM is, in this sense, a seminal work: a work in which Xenophon, the Cadre Noir, Alois Podhajsky, and Buck Brannaman meet and converse with, say, Lendon Grey and Edward Gal. The net result is a clear, effective statement of both the requirements of doing, and the state of thought, needed by horse and rider to achieve relaxed, harmonious grace.
RITM is not going to tell you where to put your foot, or how to do pilates on horseback. Rather, it tells you where the horse needs to put HIS foot, and how to help him do that -- step one being, how to help him understand that you are there to teach, and he is there to learn. How, in short, to start a conversation.
RITM does assume that you already know a few things. It is not intended for abject beginners to basic horsemanship - but it is ideal for horsemen who are abject beginners at dressage. It makes no presumption that you have the right horse, or that you are your horse's ideal rider. Instead, it offers what dressage offers: a passage to a safe, sane, well-mannered, and above all, well-balanced horse - that you have trained yourself.
In summary: I've been messing about with horses for 50 years now. This is one of a very small handful of books that not only maintain a place on my shelf, but get taken down weekly for a refresher read.
- Jenny Pournelle, author of Outies (The Mote Series) and Excavations: A City Cycle
For those who are interested in 'natural horsemanship' AND dressage (and sometimes the two seem like opposite ends of the world) this book does a great job of putting into play the NH concepts with the goals of dressage.
I've ridden for over 30 years and I've trained my own horses using both traditional concepts and natural horsemanship concepts; I am always looking to improve my self and my horses. Next time I start a youngster I will have a much clearer picture of how to arrive at my goal of combining these methods.
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