on February 15, 2009
I absolutely hate to use the cliche statement "This is THE book you should read"... but this book IS that book. If you want to advance your knowledge and UNDERSTANDING of movement of, and with, horses... I mean to a clearly superior level - "Horse Gaits, Balance and Movement" by Susan Harris is the book you want. You cannot just read this book. You will find yourself studying it, poring over it, saying "Aha, so that's why....", and "OMG, why didn't I realize that when I was riding yesterday".
Whether you are an ultra-serious and scholarly student of things Equine or a more casual reader looking just for a better sense of how to enhance your riding performance (and make it easier for both you and your horse), and improve your care of your horse , you will find Harris' book a clear, tremendously informative, enjoyable read. But be prepared - you will be going back to it so often you'll wish she had made the book so it would fit in your pocket. And DON'T lend it to another rider without taking their saddle as collateral!
on December 23, 2013
“Horse Gaits, Balance and Movement” by Susan E. Harris
This great little book (174 pages) is a “must read” for any rider serious about improving their riding, their confidence and their rapport with their horse. I will also say with complete confidence that there are more than a few riding instructors and “self-taught riders who would greatly benefit from studying this veritable “gold mine” of information.
Harris gives the reader a LOT of relevant, valuable knowledge with a writing style that is both efficient and comfortable. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !