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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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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.
Schaffer's five basics of "go, stop, turn in, move out, and soften" are the building blocks of a language that will help any rider develop a responsive horse. His definitions of cognitive and mechanical aids make it clear why riders who use mechanical aids only don't get the best from their horses.
I got the free Kindle offer of this book, and at only about 1/4 of the way through it, I've decided I really want it as hardcopy so I can underline it, put notes in it, share it with my non-Kindle trainer friend, and even bring it out to the barn for reference. It's that good.
I originally came from a dressage background, then after I got a young horse went off on a tangent into the land of "horsemanship". Now I've been trying to figure out how to work the two of them together.
This book does a really nice job of combining those two different worlds.
I use to make it hard for myself from trying to hard.
This books explains how to keep your horse happy and relaxed while he is learning.
And Mike's writing is fun, smart and easy to understand.