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Right from the Start: Create a Sane, Soft, Well-Balanced Horse Paperback – May 18, 2011
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When you see a horse under saddle that looks light, elegant, and graceful—as though he’s having the best time of his life—that horse is moving in “true balance.” Right from the Start introduces trainers and riders to the fundamentals of training a horse to perform with these desirable qualities. Author Michael Schaffer offers clear instruction on his unique methods of starting young horses as well as re–schooling those that lack a good training foundation. Using techniques both on the ground and under saddle, Schaffer reveals the key to success—teaching the horse to soften and move into the rider’s hand. Right from the Start offers training principles that produce happy, well–trained horses, enabling riders to succeed in any area of the sport they choose—dressage, jumping, reining, trail, or just riding for fun. Michael Schaffer has trained horses professionally for more than 25 years; he works out of New Start Farm in central New Jersey. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
About the Author MIKE SCHAFFER has worked as a professional horseman for over thirty-five years and has trained both horses and riders through the FEI levels. He is well-known for his skill at making difficult horses easier, and for transforming average horses into something special. He teaches and trains on a daily basis, and regularly gives clinics and seminars throughout the United States. Mike lives in eastern Pa. where he resides with his dogs— "Dawg" and "Puppet." Visit Mike’s web site: www.mikeschaffer.com
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I've gotten my hands on a lot of books written by people from different disciplines. I fell in love with Mark Rashid's books because of the way he relates to his horses, and then I felt like this book by Mike Schaffer complemented the Rashid's philosophy but from a completely different angle.
This is the best training book I have read as it thoroughly and concisely explains aids done correctly and what makes that correct. This book is not mechanical at all in that it isn't a step-by-step manual per say. He gives the correct aid and the possible responses by your horse and encourages you to listen to and work with your horse to learn how to communicate with him--not to force responses.
This is also going to be helpful in training my little 10hh pony that I am too big to ride but want to be a good mount for my kids.
Thanks Mike for sharing your wisdom!
Horses have to believe they can rely on you. They need a leader or they will try be the leader. You have to be reliable. That may seem silly but horses absolutely have a sense of 'fair play'. And they never forget anything. The trick is to figure out how to break things down into small logical pieces. I think the Author gets all this across.
No matter what your experience any time you're around a horse you are training that horse. For better or for worse.
It teaches the human partner the correct mindset to communicate with the horse and help them understand what we would like from them, keeping their mental wellbeing paramount to being able to reach your goals. A horse is not a beast of burden put here to serve us.
They, like us ,are citizens of the earth.
Unfortunately for them they have lost their homeland and are stuck in a foreign country without knowing the language.
It is our job to help them understand not MAKE them understand.
This book will show you how to create a partner, not a slave.
Nothing is more rewarding than achieving goals together and doing it correctly.
Hello... Everyone need explanations on what's expected! And this put is the way it should be. Sure it sounds really slow by asking for in hand stuff, but that builds onto the ridden stuff and it soon snowballs in speed of the process because you as a rider know what your trying to achieve and feel and is well explained to the horse you both soon 'get it'
Michael puts the Basics that all horses should know on paper to study AND practice in
And in its many combinations you can and will be able to do those fancy tricks you didn't think we're possible... Like all the lateral moves and lovely soft transitions. The higher levels are just a refinement of these basics.!!!
The philosophy of classical riding is here and I hope more people discover it and practice it too. You will enjoy your horse more.
And it's worth having his other one too. It's puts the same things in another way. I often flick between the two.
And on a companion note.... It will help you get out of Preliminary /training level dressage.
Read, learn and practice.