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Centered Riding by Sally Swift

Centered Riding

by Sally Swift

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This book has been published for over 20 years with very little content change. It's a testament to how correct methods are the only ones to endure. During college this was required reading for everyone in equitation classes and it was an indispensable learning tool. The exercises are simple and effective enough to perform without a trainer if you have your own horse, but it does not assume to replace a trainer you have. Rather, it's a supplement to lessons and works on calling more attention to the rider's input as it affects equine performance. ( )
  Genebelle | Jul 14, 2009 |
Swift writes clearly and understandably, and has produced a readable, useful, focused book intended to assist readers in becoming better riders. The pictures are for the most part clear, and the imagery is vivid enough to be memorable when you're in the saddle. The format of the book itself doesn't make it very barn-friendly, but you can't have everything, after all! I'm mainly a pleasure rider, not a three day eventer, show jumper, or dressage rider: it doesn't matter. The basic concepts are helpful regardless of whether you ride multiple horses every day or saddle up once a month. ( )
  SunnySD | Dec 18, 2007 |
My favourite riding text book ever.

When I was mastering the art of dressage this book helped me a lot, even though it is not a dressage book.
It is a book which would benefit riders in any discipline of any ability. Its main focus is on balance, breathing and inner control. ( )
1 vote AnneBoleyn | May 26, 2007 |
"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

"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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312127340, Hardcover)

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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Examines how proper breathing, centering, and balance enable the novice to handle the basic fundamentals of riding a horse.

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