FROM THE AUTHOR:
I have spent months revising my book 'Enlightened Equitation' to encompass the many new nuances of riding that have emerged, in teaching riders of all ages, shapes and sizes and abilities in the twelve years since the original was published. I have not had to alter any of my original teaching, merely add to it, subtleties that riders have often unwittingly have brought to my attention, leaving me with a conundrum to investigate, and hopefully shed light upon!
I hope therefore, that readers of the old version, published in three languages, will benefit from reading the new one, to update their knowledge from my own further education. In many ways, my students also educate me!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Heather Moffett began riding as a young child in the UK, but by her early teens was questioning the methods being used to teach. By the age of sixteen, she had developed a different method of teaching riding, especially how to synchronise exactly with the movement of the horse. This enabled her to teach beginners with extraordinary speed, and also to rectify long established faults in experienced riders. Fourteen years ago, she pioneered the teaching of riding with the Equisimulators, machines which simulate the movement of the horse, enabling very precise, hands on teaching, in total safety, successfully teaching hundreds of riders, all over the world.
Heather has trained for many years with Classical teachers, including Belgian Capt Desi Lorent, a student of Portuguese Maestro Nuno Oliveira, but specialising in the teaching of the Classical Seat, and refined aids. Heather then went on to train with Dr Margaret Cox, who grew up in Germany, training in German classical methods, and latterly, with Mestre Luis Valença Rodrigues, in Portugal. Chiefly following the French school of Classical Equitation, which focuses on dressage as an art form, rather than as a competition sport.
Heather is however best known as a remedial teacher of riding and an authority on the Classical Seat. Heather Moffett has been an invited guest lecturer at the Equitana, Kentucky, USA, Your Horse Live! BETA Trade fair and regional events in the UK, The Horse Event in Holland 2006, and a two day seminar at Sydney Olympic Equestrian Centre, Australia, in March 2006. She was also the only British trainer to be invited to demonstrate at Equitana 2007, Essen, Germany. She has been the guest lecturer/demonstrator at the UK Annual Conference of Mounted Police Instructors and has also lectured at the Veterinary School at Cambridge University.
Heather has written series for most of the UK national equestrian journals in the UK, and has featured in a number of articles in the Dutch magazines `Bit' and `Amazone', and the German `Cavallo' magazine, and also in Australian journals. Heather rides and trains Iberian horses, for her own pleasure, but also believes that correct Classical training can transform almost any horse, from an ugly duckling into a swan, and relishes the challenge of training any type of horse! She utilises clicker training extensively, believing in the humane training and treatment of the horse, through positive reinforcement.
She is also well known as a designer of saddles and accessories which improve the comfort of horse and rider, having an exclusive range under her trademark `Enlightened Equitation'.
Heather Moffett is also British Horse Society County Chairman for Devon.