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Centered Riding is not a style of riding as are hunter seat and Western. Rather, it is a way of re-educating a rider's mind and body to achieve greater balance in order to better communicate with the horse. Now, more than a decade after Sally Swift's revolutionary first book Centered Riding, she has written another that teaches riders all of her new concepts that have evol ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Trafalgar Square Books
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Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Very detailed and some good ideas but a bit too mechanical for me.
Feb 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone vaguely interested in riding theory - new or experienced, any discipline, any age.
Shelves: horsemanship
This is not a riding book - it's a body awareness book.

If you're looking for exercises to do with your horse, this is the wrong book for you. This book is all about a journey of self-discovery and self-awareness.

Arguably one of the most influential authors in horsemanship in the 20th century, Sally Swift has a unique approach to getting it right off the horse before getting on the horse.

Highly recommended for all disciplines, this is a no-nonsense approach and very low on the bullshit that usual
Krystyna Faroe
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A great book that can help those searching for natural ability in the saddle to achieve it with relative ease. Teaching us about our own bodies and how it affects the horse's balance and movements is enlightening and rewarding.
Michael Oswald
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I started it, lost it, found it, finished I ought to get back on a horse.

As for the book, Sally Swift does a brilliant job of conveying her riding techniques. Centered riding is all about the connection between rider and horse, the mental as well as the physical.
Cathleen Carstens
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The advanced techniques in "Centered Riding 2" build on the foundation you have now built by practicing the techniques from "Centered Riding". Check out the DVDs, too, if you are a visual learner.
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At seven years old, a scoliosis appeared which became part of her daily life and was later instrumental in her development of Centered Riding. After the diagnosis and well into her twenties, she worked with Mabel Ellsworth Todd, author of The Thinking Body. Mable Todd was Sally’s first teacher in “body awareness” and encouraged Sally to explore her new “awareness”. This early training was enhanced ...more

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