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post #1 of 15 Old 01-07-2012, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Great new book already paying off

http://www.amazon.com/Balance-Movement-Achieve-Perfect-Seat/dp/1570763305/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325983268&sr=8-1
My goal for this off season was/is to improve my seat and get more in sync with my horse. A few months ago, I spotted this book called Balance in Movement. It goes very into depth about all the body parts, what they do and how they relate to each other. It shows how ludicrous it is to just tell a student shoulders back or heels down without correcting anything else. I've since read it several times and have felt my lower back actually start to move while riding and am finding myself much deeper into the tack due to my new found supple pelvis.

Today we had an unusually warm day for January. My horse was being a goof and somewhat naughty. Long story short, at the end of our trail ride, he decided he wanted to get home right now, and tried to take off with me on a straight narrow trail. When I attempted the pulley rein, he threw in some monster bucks and airs above the ground as it was described to me by the rider behind me. My butt never left contact with the saddle to the point where I surprised myself. I was able to stop his tantrum and get him under control. I'm sure a few months ago, with my rigid back, I would have been bucked into next week, but I am really impressed with how much this book is doing to my overall riding. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to work on their seat on a limited budget.
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post #2 of 15 Old 01-07-2012, 07:56 PM
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I'll look into it, it seems very helpful :)
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post #3 of 15 Old 01-07-2012, 09:39 PM
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you had me at "great new book", but now I am hooked! I gotta check this out.
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post #4 of 15 Old 01-07-2012, 10:07 PM
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Definitely added it to my "must read when the bank account becomes rich" list! It looks (and sounds!) really good.

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post #5 of 15 Old 01-07-2012, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I normally don't wax idiotic about a book, but I've never stayed that glued to the saddle before. I can even sit his jackhammer trot for limited amounts of time before it falls apart. I'm sitting here reading it again.

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Oooooh! Sitting a jackhammer trot! Now that's what I need!

That book definitely just moved to the top of that list.

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post #7 of 15 Old 01-08-2012, 03:56 PM
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Looks good. I went to Amazon and checked it out and the detail seems like what my brain needs when it comes to learning. I like the outline and presentation. I've added it to my wish list for future equipment. Thanx for the recommendation!

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One nice thing about it is it includes both dressage and forward seats. Unlike some of the books I've read, she discusses how your body affects what you can or cannot do, and how the horse also affects your position and ability. There is a also a section - brief - that shows how rider faults can cause some common 'horse' faults.
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post #9 of 15 Old 01-08-2012, 04:12 PM
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Gotta love that Amazon one-click ordering...mine is now on it's way.

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post #10 of 15 Old 01-08-2012, 04:23 PM
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Wow looks good, definitely buying one of those on payday!
By the way, what's a jackhammer trot?
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