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Centered Riding: No. 2


Centered Riding: No. 2

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    Sally Swift(Author)
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This is the long-awaited sequel to the international best-seller "Centered Riding" - the book that revolutionised horseback riding.

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  • PDF | 272 pages
  • Sally Swift(Author)
  • Trafalgar Square (1 Sept. 2002)
  • English
  • 8
  • Science & Nature

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  • By Black Tent on 12 July 2003

    For many riders Sally Swift's 'Centered Riding', first published in 1985, was a breakthrough in teaching riding. Sally encouraged riders to learn how to influence the horse by becoming more aware of their own bodies and, by the use of vivid imagery, helped riders to learn the art of 'feel', so essential to effective riding. As its title suggests, the present book takes the concept of 'Centered Riding' a stage further, by exploring in more detail the basics behind the idea. As in the first book, it places emphasis on the rider. The philosophy behind it is summed up by the author in Chapter 1, The Validity of Centered Riding, 'Centered Riding is a way of reeducating the mind and body towards greater balance and integration, which in turn opens up a new dimension in the world of equestrian arts...It is essential that horsemanship maintains the purity of the classical principles within each style and discipline. Centered Riding very simply makes this easier to do.' Sally discusses, with admirable clarity, the mechanics of learning and the most efficient ways of teaching and learning. She goes on to discuss the basics of Centered Riding: centering (becoming aware of that point in the body from which all the body's movements can be controlled), breathing, 'soft eyes' (read the book and this will become crystal clear, and a very good concept it is too) and 'building blocks': thinking of the body as a series of 'building blocks' which will help the rider to find the correct balance. Further chapters deal with such subjects as learning balance and relaxation; the idea of the horse 'mirroring' the rider (I particularly like that one); raising the horse's back through transitions; developing the horse's muscles through circles and turns (the emphasis here is on the rider, not the horse) and many others designed to heighten the rider's awareness of how to influence the horse with their body. Each chapter ends with a summary of the concepts dealt with in that chapter. The ideas set out are taught mainly by means of simple exercises for riders (often working with a partner) to carry out while dismounted - an excellent way of raising rider-awareness without upsetting the horse! The many illustrations are extremely helpful and give readers a very clear idea of what they should be doing. This is a brilliant book. Having myself benefited from Sally Swift's ideas over the years, I wholeheartedly recommend it to novices and experienced riders alike.

  • By Jaclyn L Rothe on 10 February 2003

    Centered Riding by Sally Swift is a mandatory read for beginner riders. What I enjoyed the most was how the author used descriptions and explanations which helped create a visual in your mind while riding. The author creates an understanding of the fundamentals of riding.Sally's techniques are easy to understand and very practical. Also, I find the techniques and analogies used in Centered Riding are easy to communicate to fellow riders, particularily if you are a trainer, and need various different ways to describe movements and techniques to students.Not only does this book explain how to ride, it also describes the basics about the horse as well. The first chapters will familiarize you with the horse and how it moves. Any new terms introduced are explained thoroughly and frequently are accompanied by a diagram. You will learn how and why techniques have been developed and why they work.Centered Riding will give you the base knowledge needed when starting riding and is described in a way that will not confuse the reader. All-in-all this is an easy to understand book and proves to be an asset to all riders at all levels, and should be present in all riding homes!

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