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Centered Riding / Edition 1

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by Sally Swift, Jean MacFarland
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0312127340

ISBN-13: 9780312127343

Pub. Date: 01/15/1985

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312127343
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/15/1985
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
162,792
Product dimensions:
8.27(w) x 9.64(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Forewordix
1.Introducing Centered Riding1
2.Pretend You Are a Horse5
3.The Four Basics10
4.Learning and the Brain24
5.Anatomy32
6.Balance and Body Freedom51
7.Walk and the Following Seat58
8.Rising (Posting) Trot66
9.Hands76
10.Transitions86
11.Sitting Trot96
12.Circles and Turns104
13.Half Halts and Self-Carriage116
14.The Canter125
15.Forces of Energy132
16.Lengthening Stride143
17.Lateral Work150
18.Jumping164
19.Suppling the Horse178
20.Summary181
Appendix I.Riding a Dressage Test184
Appendix II.Instructors' Guide to Leg-Lengthening187
Appendix III.Quick Review of Useful Images190
Index195

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Centered Riding 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Horsecrazie More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having a green horse and being semi green myself, I have totally enjoyed reading this book. I have already retread a few chapters. It has helped my seat and it also helps that my trainer believes in this book also. Recommend to all horse people...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago