Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Training: Right From The Start

Starting young horses:

"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."

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Sweets Make Young Horses Harder To Train, Study Finds

Sweets Make Young Horses Harder To Train, Study Finds

ScienceDaily (2008-08-15) -- Young horses may be easier to train if they temporarily lay off the sweets, says a Montana State University study. ... read full article

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Randy Pausch

Applying Randy Pausch's paradigm to horses: