Centered Riding


Sally Swift applies her techniques to the sitting trot, circles, canter, lateral work, and jumping.
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Sally Swift applies her techniques to the sitting trot, circles, canter, lateral work, and jumping.
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A horse-friendly set of videos, for riders of all ages and disciplines.
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"Even the best riders know what it's like to hit a learning plateau-- a time when, no matter how hard you work, you seem to get nowhere. Such interruptions in a rider's progress often stem from a false or imprecise understanding of what he or she is trying to do, or the lack of a key image that could put things together, working in synchrony. For the rider who needs either or both of these (and who does not, from time to time?), Sally Swift's Centered Riding will prove indispensable. Wonderfully explicit in explaining and showing what should work how, Centered Riding is also wonderfully imaginative in finding just the right psychological images to help go beyond the mere mechanics. A work of truly remarkable originality and ingenuity, it cannot fail to help many riders attain their present goals, and then move ahead to set higher ones."--William Steinkraus, Chairman, U.S. Equestrian Team, Inc., Olympic Gold Medalist, Show-jumping, 1968, Mexico City

"A truly unique horsewoman, Sally Swift has tremendous compassion for and understanding of equine and human athletes. Through her own experience as a rider and from her years of helping so many riders throughout the country, she has honed and refined her techniques. The result is an exciting, accurate, and delightful text that will offer readers a new dimension to riding and the teaching of riding.

"Riders of all disciplines and at all levels will find her techniques fun and easy, and will discover themselves capable of astonishing and exhilarating breakthroughs in performance. Riding instructors will find the text to be an invaluable tool in communicating many of the concepts that lie at the heart of good riding.

"Centered Riding is a book that will be read and reread for years to come, providing timeless counsel for horsemen and -women who seek to improve and refine their riding skills and their ability to communicate these skills to others."--Tad Coffin, Olympic Individual and Team Gold Medalist, Three-Day Event, 1976, Montreal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570763168
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Format: DVD - NTSC
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 1,017,003
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally Swift's groundbreaking work, "Centered Riding," has been translated into nine languages, and has sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
1. Introducing Centered Riding 1
2. Pretend You Are a Horse 5
3. The Four Basics 10
4. Learning and the Brain 24
5. Anatomy 32
6. Balance and Body Freedom 51
7. Walk and the Following Seat 58
8. Rising (Posting) Trot 66
9. Hands 76
10. Transitions 86
11. Sitting Trot 96
12. Circles and Turns 104
13. Half Halts and Self-Carriage 116
14. The Canter 125
15. Forces of Energy 132
16. Lengthening Stride 143
17. Lateral Work 150
18. Jumping 164
19. Suppling the Horse 178
20. Summary 181
Appendix I. Riding a Dressage Test 184
Appendix II. Instructors' Guide to Leg-Lengthening 187
Appendix III. Quick Review of Useful Images 190
Index 195
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