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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    BEFORE you purchase or even ride a horse READ this book and enjoy the art of riding.

    If you are within the boomer age category, you learned to ride watching movie icons like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and TV icons such as The Lone Ranger, and Gun Smoke. We witnessed the horse running long distances at top speed throughout the entire show. Weekends were the time to try out our horse legs.
    Until this book, only a select group of horsemen and women really learned to sit a horse. Most of us, riding western, put up with the bouncy trot and if you rode English or took some English lessons, you learned to post. Circus acts where fascinating because the riders made everything look so effortless and yet, I was working so hard to stay on using my legs of course.

    Think American Indian. They had it right all along. They rode their horses bareback with what is called a Bosel. (A simple device designed to steer the animal and ask it to stop.)

    I took 2 lessons in February last year at Sally's Farm. It's in Guilford VT not Brattleboro. I had no idea who she was and she was not well, but she was watching as her assistant Becky began explaining to me my own anatomy. She explained what the position I was sitting in the saddle was doing to the horse beneath me. For years I thought I had a stubborn horse and I also thought it was the horse that needed MORE training to get him to do what I wanted without a fight.

    The light will go on once you understand how to use and ride with your bones. Sally's book will guide you all the way to success. She's gone now (Passed away April 2009), but if you read this book and can also grab an opportunity to experience a clinic by one of her certified trainers, DO IT. No only for yourself, for the horse. You will be ABSOLUTELY amazed at the difference this book will make. You will think you have a different new horse, when all the while, it was you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2000

    getting back on track

    Some friends and I have read 'Centered Riding'and it helped us get back to being relaxed with horses after some accidents we have had.I believe what contributed to the accidents must have been our nervousness, we had all experienced lack of confidence and fear. The whole message of the book is,relaxation and patience.Without those two factors,riding is just more difficult.

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