Right from the Start: Create a Sane, Soft, Well-Balanced Horse
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Right from the Start: Create a Sane, Soft, Well-Balanced Horse

by Michael Schaffer
     
 
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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Eastern Equerry
Right from the Start can be used as a tool in any rider's training program. Schaffer offers very simple and very clear training techniques that can benefit all horses and remove the words “resistance” and “evasion” from the rider/handler's vocabulary.
The American Quarter Horse Journal
Right from the Start lives up to its title in every way, giving you tools to soften and improve any horse, whether he is aged and resistant, or young and open to new ideas.
Horse & Rider
Concise, well-organized chapters and clean, simple design make this book easy to follow. Enlarged quotes emphasize Schaffer's key points, and high-quality photos, diagrams, and illustrations make it easy to visualize what the author is saying.
Horse News
thought provoking, insightful and worth reading.
USDF Connection
If you've become confused as to the theory, purpose, and execution of the basics, you'll benefit from Right from the Start.
Dressage Today
In his book, Schaffer illuminates the basics of dressage by explaining elementary principles, concepts and mechanisms in a unique way.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570762086
Publisher:
Trafalgar Square
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Pages:
202
Product dimensions:
7.36(w) x 10.28(h) x 0.81(d)

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Meet 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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