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on March 17, 1999
An excellent presentation of the elements of balance in the horse's movement at various gaits. The illustrations (Did Ms Harris do them?) are grand and support the text very well. It is an excellent resource.
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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!
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on April 17, 2007
I would recommend this book to anyone looking to fully understand the basic gaits, movement and conformation of the horse. There is information on the natural gaits of the horse and how a rider can enhance or hinder the horse's movement and balance. The format will assist both novices and advanced equestrians. It is written in easy-to-understand language. The information is also very accessible simply by browsing through the illustrations. This book would be a great addition to any horse enthusiast's library.
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on May 6, 1999
Yes, Ms. Harris did the sketches. Her sketches really capture the movement of the horse and enables you to breakdown the gaits and jumping actions to see what is really happening. Utterly fascinating!
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on September 14, 2007
This book is very complete with information and diagrams for all parts of the horse and how they move. Well written and a great resource to refer back to. Lots of detail on muscle groups and what they do. If you are interested in bio-mechanics, this works! I do lots of ground work with dressage horses and rehab for injured and arthritic horses. This resource is particularly helpful for me.
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on February 9, 2013
If you fancy yourself a horse trainer or even an adequate rider than this is knowledge you should have. I work in the world of horses and I am constantly surprised at what people don't know. This book has great usable information in it that we can all use.
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on March 25, 2016
I just finished this book, it was a great book for even an advanced rider who has been a little lack on remembering your horse movement and cues to get the best performance from your horse and problem solve techniques where you or your horse have gotten lazy.
I love the drawings, the descriptions of muscles and bones and how everything works together to get the best from your horse.
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on April 20, 2009
This is a book that every beginner rider should own but will only truly understand what is written once they gain experience. Every rider should own this book. It will really improve your understanding of the way horses move with or without you on their back. In turn, the way that you ride will be fluid and in motion with your horse.
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on January 15, 2016
Very informative. A lot of great illustrations support the text. The beginning is a little dry but it's all about the anatomy that is the foundation of later descriptions. Well written, with a good flow, informative without being overwhelming.
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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 !
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