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Riding in the Moment April 8, 2010

Posted by mikeschaffer in balance, Behind the bit, calmness, competition, contact, corrections, dressage, equipment, half-halts, hyperflexion, looseness, Natural Horsemanship, performance standards, Riding, roll kur, rules, training.
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1. Dorinda - April 9, 2010

I will be the first to comment on this fabulous book. I have started reading it and I think that you have hit the nail on the head Mike in regarding teaching the horse from the bottom up. It makes so much sense.

Your words are so clear and easy to understand. Great job and thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with us so that we may be better hosreman/women.


2. Laura Coffey - April 9, 2010

Mike, I love your first book, own your video and practice your training principals, but I have to say I’m one of those individuals who loves to curl up with a book in hand to do my reading. When can I look forward to the release of Riding in the Moment, “in the flesh” so to speak.

mikeschaffer - April 10, 2010

Hi Laura,

If a hardcover happens at all, it will take at least another year. That was a primary consideration in my decision to put it out as an e-book now. Much of the content is really topical to the current debates going on – I don’t want to mention the “R” word but you know what I mean.

So, I’m betting your horse will be very grateful to you for going through the extreme torment of sucking the knowledge contained within from a computer screen. I also think what I’m saying in this book builds nicely on my previous stuff.

If I do get a hardcover out than people who have bought the ebook will get some kind of substantial discount on the printed work.

So, you’re already making all kinds of sacrifices for your horse, spend a little time reading the book on a computer.

He’ll thank you for it.


3. Laura Coffey - April 10, 2010

:) Well to tell the truth I don’t really get to caught up in the “r” controversy. I have plenty of difficulty dealing with my hot little youngster. But I am far too impatient to wait a year for a paper edition. So you have convinced me. But I do love books, work on your publisher.
PS: When are you coming to NY?

4. PaulaJS - April 12, 2010

I read the excerpts from your book – and now I’ve purchased the book – masterful!! For the first time – you have in writing this book explained as no one else has been able to do – not the “what” but the “how.” Brilliant – finally there is lucid instruction. WOW! There are many “gifted” riders out there, but few “gifted” instructors – you have proved to be a gifted instructor! Your book bridges the gap – a great “how to” book to use in deciphering the language of dressage and putting it into practical application for us “ordinary” riders on “ordinary” horses.

5. Peggy - April 14, 2010

I wanted to say: I LOVE _In the Moment_. Especially the pictures, and
the film clip of the falling out/engaging is really helpful! I’m going to
have to back up to the beginning, because there are lotsa holes in my horse’s and my work together (specifically, while he seems to be doing well with the flexions and with the ground version of moving away laterally, I know for a fact that he doesn’t understand “stop” and “go” and “move away” in the way you’ve laid them out, so we’re going to go back and fix that, and THEN see where we get to). But I’m a lot more comfortable taking the time to train thoroughly, than trying to rush to some hypothetical pinnacle “out there”, so that’s what I’m going to do. I think I am going to have to take a hiatus from other training (except on school horses, where I can work on ME); your method is so fundamentally different that I’d just be confusing the horse if I don’t completely switch over.

I can’t wait to get back to the barn…in the meantime I am going over and
over the descriptions and the pics, so that I won’t forget important
details. The whole issue of making sure I can cue softly is going to be
huge—all my training thus far in dressage has been of the
pull-in-front-push-from-behind variety, and when I don’t get responses (and how COULD I? My horse has not really been taught), I seize up from top to bottom. Poor horse. He is really, really patient.

Thanks a million. When we do see you again someday, things should be better.

6. Stephanie - May 21, 2010

Thank you so much for the clear and concise explanations of how to succeed in riding dressage. I have made more progress in the last 2 years with my inconsistent riding and your techniques than I did in 4 years of riding daily and showing. My horse is much happier and less resistant and my riding has even become easier with much less effort.


7. Valda Kirwan - January 8, 2012

Would be more happy with the book if I could access what look like key components, ie the click and play area – which doesn’t work. Not happy, having paid for the use of this area.

mikeschaffer - January 10, 2012

Hi Valda,

I’m not sure why you’re having a problem since I don’t know what hardware or software you’re using. However, I’ve put the clips up on youtube as a backup for anyone having difficulty. the link is:

Hope this helps – if not, write to me directly and we can figure it out.


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