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 Posted: Mon Aug 13th, 2007 09:48 pm
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Hi Annie,

I want to be on that show!

After looking at Cherry in the first picture with her prior owner and seeing her in Mike's capable hands, I am relieved.  Could her back and neck be any stiffer as she is in the first picture.  She looks like she is on her way to becoming a horse that moves with softness and straightness.   Will you bring her back to Mike for some additional training down the road? 

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 Posted: Wed Sep 19th, 2007 01:52 am
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Dr. Deb,

Is it ok to post an upcoming clinic that Mike is having?

Thanks,

Pam

 

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 Posted: Wed Sep 19th, 2007 10:19 pm
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Mike Schaffer will be holding a three day clinic: Oct. 5-7, at the Santa Rosa Valley Arena,  Camarillo, California.  

You can contact Kashi @ (805) 217-1897 or email HORSEARMY@AOL.COM,  if you are interested in auditing or riding in the clinic.

Thanks,

Pam

 

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 Posted: Sun Sep 23rd, 2007 02:04 am
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Pam, Thanks for posting the info. I recently purchased "Right From The Start". It is a tremendous help to us. I would love to attend , but can't fit a trip to So Cal at this time. Maybe he'll  be coming North at some time.                  Carole

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 Posted: Fri Oct 12th, 2007 12:04 am
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Hi All,

I audited Mike's clinic last weekend and it was great!  I'm still trying to sort out what I learned. 

I'm thinking of organizing a clinic in Northern, CA, with him, say this coming December or January.  However I would need other riders and a location.  Anybody who would possibly be interested in attending one or holding it at their barn, please let me know.

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Pam

 

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 Posted: Thu Nov 1st, 2007 03:59 am
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Hi everyone!

Mike Schaffer will be having a clinic Dec.7-9 2007 

At  Loland Oaks Farm Rutland, Massachusetts.

Contact Jineen Walker at 508-886-2185   or  lolandoaks@verizon.net

Thank You
Jineen

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 Posted: Sat Nov 10th, 2007 12:57 am
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Dr. Deb,

Can you explain to me why most dressage riders don't agree with Mike's training methods?  Is it because he rides with long reins, or because he moves his hands alot, depending on where the horse is in it's training?  Or is it his lack of like for the 20 meter circle? 

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Pam

Last edited on Sat Nov 10th, 2007 12:58 am by Pam

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Most dressage trainers dont know about french dressage,flexing a horse , and getting them to relax.  Instead they are taught a system of academic drilling , which they are told is classical riding.  But,  It is not...


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 Posted: Wed Dec 19th, 2007 02:34 pm
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Mike doesn't focus on making the horse "look like a dressage horse."  He lays a foundation for developing the horse's body and mind over the long run, and teaches that with a few basics done very well ("go, stop, turn in, move out, and soften"), every horse and rider can do dressage movements.  Isn't it incredible that this is so unusual it puts off many other trainers?

A few months ago I posted before and after pictures of my young mare, showing her tension and bracing after she was initially backed, then of her relaxation on the longe line with Mike.  She and I have been working with him now for a few months and I just got a few photos back the other day.  I wanted to share our progress and thank Mike, Dr. Deb, and others on this forum who emphasize and, more important, explain this path of partnership.  So here again is the "before picture"-- just after Cherry came back from the trainer, before I purchased her, and next I'll post the current "after" photo--or as I call it, "the New Cherry."

Annie

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 Posted: Wed Dec 19th, 2007 02:37 pm
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And here is "the New Cherry" as of last week (oh, and the new Annie too--guess what, I was riding with just as much bracing and tension, so we both had to start from the beginning again :-)

Of course we're not perfect in this photo (if anyone ever is perfect in a single moment), but we are heading in the right direction, at last!

Happy holidays!

 

 

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 Posted: Thu Jan 31st, 2008 09:21 pm
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The most notable difference to me in Mike's training method and others' is that others' ask the horse (especially the young horse) to move out at all gaits whether or not he can correctly balance himself with the weight of the rider....to get their "feet unstuck".  So forward comes before straight or balanced.

Mike, on the other hand, gets the horse relaxed, balanced and straight, without asking for canter until the horse is ready, which may take a few months or more of proper work.  Eventually, the horse is strong enough to carry our weight properly at the speed we are requesting.  Forward comes last in Mike's program, from what I understand.

~Katherine

Last edited on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 09:54 pm by tricolchin

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 Posted: Sun Apr 21st, 2013 03:22 pm
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Love seeing the change in Cherry here! Her back is up and round. Wonderful. This is just what I am hoping to achieve with my horse. I've been working at using what I learned here.


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