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Centered Riding


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ISBN13: 9780312127343
ISBN10: 0312127340
Condition: Standard
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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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Sally Swift lives in Brattleboro, Vermont. Born in 1913, she has been riding since she was eight years old.

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litreader14, March 22, 2009 (view all comments by litreader14)
Ms Swift's classic book is almost beyond any review, but for those of you who do not know who she is, trust me, she is a spectacular teacher, who gives very useful and concrete exercises to perform while riding on one's own.

While most might think Sally Swift is just for dressage (classical) riders, her lessons are really for any rider. And I will give the example that I was a "hunt seat" rider for a university equestrian team, but because we were short of riders for Stock Seat classes (i.e. Western), I got to ride in those as well, and I was known (because I had a classical seat) as "The Marlboro Woman" and did very well as a Stock Seat rider.

What "Centered Riding" offers translates to all riding in very useful ways. It also translates to other disciplines as well, as many of the exercises are about posture and maintaining a "soft" focus, which means being able to see what goes on around one without focusing specifically on one thing. Personally, I find it useful in riding but also in ballroom dancing. So, there may be some cross-over interest here for people in other disciplines.
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MacFarland, Jean
Noble, Mike
MacFarland, Jean
MacFarland, Jean
Emerson, Edward E.
Noble, Mike
St. Martin's Press
New York :
Horses - Riding
PETS / Horses/General
Pets-Horses Miscellaneous Activities
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Includes illustrations
9.50 x 8.25 in

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