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Centered Riding (A Trafalgar Square Farm Book) Hardcover – January 15, 1985
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“Even the best riders know what it's like to hit a learning plateau-- a time when, no matter how hard you work, you seem to get nowhere. Such interruptions in a rider's progress often stem from a false or imprecise understanding of what he or she is trying to do, or the lack of a key image that could put things together, working in synchrony. For the rider who needs either or both of these (and who does not, from time to time?), Sally Swift's Centered Riding will prove indispensable. Wonderfully explicit in explaining and showing what should work how, Centered Riding is also wonderfully imaginative in finding just the right psychological images to help go beyond the mere mechanics. A work of truly remarkable originality and ingenuity, it cannot fail to help many riders attain their present goals, and then move ahead to set higher ones.” ―William Steinkraus, Chairman, U.S. Equestrian Team, Inc., Olympic Gold Medalist, Show-jumping, 1968, Mexico City
“A truly unique horsewoman, Sally Swift has tremendous compassion for and understanding of equine and human athletes. Through her own experience as a rider and from her years of helping so many riders throughout the country, she has honed and refined her techniques. The result is an exciting, accurate, and delightful text that will offer readers a new dimension to riding and the teaching of riding.
Riders of all disciplines and at all levels will find her techniques fun and easy, and will discover themselves capable of astonishing and exhilarating breakthroughs in performance. Riding instructors will find the text to be an invaluable tool in communicating many of the concepts that lie at the heart of good riding.
Centered Riding is a book that will be read and reread for years to come, providing timeless counsel for horsemen and -women who seek to improve and refine their riding skills and their ability to communicate these skills to others.” ―Tad Coffin, Olympic Individual and Team Gold Medalist, Three-Day Event, 1976, Montreal
About the Author
Sally Swift lives in Brattleboro, Vermont. Born in 1913, she has been riding since she was eight years old.
Top Customer Reviews
I love this book, but its even better if you get the accompanying video and hear Sally's voice. A rider with back problems she overcame them by learning how to center and balance.
This is a fine book for gaining a really solid seat. It covers the basics of English riding - walk, trot, canter, jumping - but also describes how to do half-halts, circles, turns, leg yielding and more advanced dressage movements.
The book is a classic reference and if you only buy one riding book this might be it. It leads you from head knowledge to the feel of riding.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very clear in explanations along with the drawings helps get the message across!Published 2 days ago by Virginia Aschebrock
The one thing I took away from this book was that it is best to ride imagining that there is a enormous spring above you causing you to sit straight. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Macavee
I bought this book for my sister, a new rider. Her trainer loves most of the concepts and they discuss them in her lessons. It's been a very worthwhile read for her.Published 5 months ago by Variety Pack
Excellent information and very easy to visualize and practice while riding!Published 5 months ago by Rebecca Gorrell
This is the horse riding bible. Sometimes I just open to a page to start my day with a nugget of truth. I could read it for hours. It's my favorite book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by KWBW