Centered Riding

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Macmillan, Jan 15, 1985 - Sports & Recreation - 198 pages
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Widely known for her innovative teaching philosophy stressing body awareness, the value of "soft eyes," proper breathing, centering, and balance, Sally Swift has been a pioneering riding instructor for half a century. In book form for the first time, her methods enable horse and rider to achieve harmony, working together naturally, without pain.

Unlike traditional teachers, Sally Swift does not believe in forced training techniques that cause stiff bodies and tense riding. Instead, through the use of vivid, unusual, and highly creative images that transcend mechanics ("Pretend you're a spruce tree; the roots grow down from your center as the trunk grows up"), plus a thorough knowledge of human and equine anatomy, this wise and inspiring teacher enables the conscientious equestrian to reassess habitual responses, in order to ride in natural positions, break through frustrating plateaus, and achieve ever-rising goals with comfort, vitality, and precision.

Precise illustrations and photographs never before used in riding books explain anatomy and image work to give mind and body new and relaxed approaches to the inner process of riding.

Centered Riding is for those with little experience all the way up to world class.

 

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Excellent book

User Review  - ladyinva - Overstock.com

As a beginning adult rider I highly recommend reading this book and applying the techniques Ms. Swift offers. After reading it and practicing I feel a significant difference in being tense vs. relaxed in the seat. My horse also seems to be more relax and pliable to training as well. Read full review

Contents

Introducing Centered Riding
1
Pretend You Are a Horse
5
The Four Basics
10
Learning and the Brain
24
Anatomy
32
Balance and Body Freedom
51
Walk and the Following Seat
58
Rising Posting Trot
66
Sitting Trot
96
Circles and Turns
104
Half Halts and SelfCarriage
116
Forces of Energy
132
Lateral Work
150
Jumping
164
Suppling the Horse
178
Index
195

Hands
76
Transitions
86

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About the author (1985)

Sally Swift lives in Brattleboro, Vermont. Born in 1913, she has been riding since she was eight years old.

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