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post #1 of 4 Old 01-06-2011, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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The basics

Hey guys. I was wondering if anyone new of some good resources to remind me of the basics. (Actually I never really learned them "officially" as a kid...) I do plan on getting lessons but until then something to study up on when I am in the saddle.
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-06-2011, 07:41 PM
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I would pick up a copy of "Centered Riding" by Sally Swift. I still refer to it as a refresher. Great for really understanding basics!
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-06-2011, 10:21 PM
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That's the one I would pick up first too. Centered Riding & Centered Riding 2.

You just have to see your don't have to like it.
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-07-2011, 08:44 PM
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For reading, try the section at the back of this book:
It gives the cavalry manual from around 1940 on the basics of riding. It isn't concerned with looks, but on how an average person can ride the average horse across rough terrain.

I'd also recommend watching the videos available free from

Riding Basics | Horse Videos – Video Library

Riding Collected | Horse Videos – Video Library
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