Unlike traditional teachers, ...more
I strongly recommend this especially for new owners who want to make their horse a friend and companion without fear.
Great mental images and training techniques to help figure out where your balance and/or position may be working against you and your horse and how to correct them. I love the summery points at the end of all the training chapters to remind you of what you should take away and the exercises talked about for the chapter! I've already started using some of these for me w...more
Imagine your legs are roots of a tree, a rider’s arms should be so long that they can hold the bit with the hands instead of reins…
But by making her explanations so visual, it actually helped going beyond each explanation and creating the perfect mental image for each exercise.
Her teachings are of the most basic nature when you come to think ...more
Sally Swift had given riding instruction for many years before her student's finally pushed her to organize her advice and make it a book. Centered Riding is loaded with dozens of fantastic visualizations to help you ride -with- your horse.
Written by someone who has struggled with scoliosis since she was a child, you would think it be interesting that she write a book about riding centered. In reality, working with physical therapists, riding trainers, and understan ...more
Read this book if you are beginning to develop your equestrian skills and seek a little more theory or background information. Great for Intermediate Riders or Riders learning how to teach riding.
Most of Sally's book is "riding lesson" between hard covers. Sally clearly describes and the rider's "how tos" to effect the rider's (and horse's) balance, motion (forward movement, power "impulsion", rhythm, bending (lateral and vertical flexion), etc.)
If you are learning dressage, you must read this book.