Synopses & Reviews
5 minutes a day is all the time you need to achieve: • Better balance in the saddle • Improved body control from head to toe • Increased influence with your seat • Flawless leg position and subtle aiding • Quieter, softer hands and contact your horse can trust • Less physical stiffness, tension, and riding-related pain • Confidence in your ability to communicate with your horse! PLUS, in just 5 minutes you can improve a horse that's: • Unwilling to go forward or "dead" to the leg • Hollow-backed, high-headed, or above the bit • Heavy on the forehand and unbalanced • A chronic "puller," "leaner," or "head-tosser"! Start or end your riding sessions with Wendy Murdoch's 5-Minute Fixes, and you'll be amazed how quickly you can replace old habits with new ones, get out of your "riding rut," and transform what you can't do into what you can do
naturally, capably, comfortably, and consistently alongside a happy riding partner—your horse.
"If you've got five minutes to spare in your day, then Wendy Murdoch can show you 50 ways to fine-tune your riding skills . . . The book scores bonus points for its pleasing layout, full of four-color photos to illustrate each exercise." —Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar
"There are 50 fixes divided into body areas for quick reference. . . . The fixes begin with balancing your head and become more and more challenging as they continue to the back of the book. Excellent photos leave no doubt as to how to do it. This is really good stuff." —Dressage Today (February 2013)
Spending days or months correcting bad riding habits or positioning faults in the saddle is not a logical choice in todays fast-paced society, and this timely training manual provides a quick fix for 50 common mistakes. With step-by-step instructions and illustrative color photos, this guide demonstrates simple solutions for riding problems that can be completed in 5 minutes or less. Whether troubleshooting, adding polish, or addressing specific issues—unsteady hands, inconsistent thigh contact, weak seat at the canter, unstable two-point position—comprehensive fixes are presented based on sound bodywork principles from Centered Riding and Feldenkrais.
About the Author
Wendy Murdoch is a riding instructor who is trained in the Centered Riding technique and a writer. She is the author of several books, including "Simplify Your Riding," the creator of the DVD set "Ride Like a Natural," and a contributor to numerous publications such as "EQUUS," "NRHA Reiner," "Practical Horseman," and "USDF Connection." She lives in Washington, Virginia.