Centered Riding

ISBN-10: 0312127340

ISBN-13: 9780312127343

Edition: 15th 1985

Authors: Sally Swift, Mike Noble, Jean MacFarland, Edward E. Emerson

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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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Book details

List price: $27.99
Edition: 15th
Copyright year: 1985
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 1/15/1985
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 8.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

As a young woman, Sally Swift taught riding professionally but moved on to a career as an administrator. At the age of 62, she retired and returned to her passion - teaching riding - with the courage to use the awareness she had learned earlier in life, but until then had only applied to herself. This awareness of the body - mind connection, and its importance to the mechanics of riding well, began to take hold, the word soon spread far and wide about Sally's Centered Riding methods. This book was published in 1985 and became one of the best-selling horse books of all time. Sally went on to found the organization Centered Riding Inc. ( which has approved over 1,000 instructors.

Introducing Centered Riding
Pretend You Are a Horse
The Four Basics
Learning and the Brain
Balance and Body Freedom
Walk and the Following Seat
Rising (Posting) Trot
Sitting Trot
Circles and Turns
Half Halts and Self-Carriage
The Canter
Forces of Energy
Lengthening Stride
Lateral Work
Suppling the Horse
Riding a Dressage Test
Instructors' Guide to Leg-Lengthening
Quick Review of Useful Images
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