Sally Swift and Centered Riding
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Horse Riding

Sally Swift and Centered Riding

This is a discussion on Sally Swift and Centered Riding within the Horse Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category
  • SALLY SWIFT LEG LENGTHENING EXCERCISES
  • Centered riding Part I Sally Swift

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    05-20-2011, 05:04 PM
  #1
Started
Sally Swift and Centered Riding

Hey everyone!

So how many of you have read her books? I personally find them so fun and informative to read. She has an amazing ability to bring awareness to your body and how to use imagry to help you. I've read her first book Centered Riding and am now in the process of reading her other book Centered Riding 2.

Right now I am horseless, so I just read the books and try to think about how I would do it, but how many of you apply the methods while riding? Have you seen benefits?

Have any of you ever worked directly with Sally Swift? Or possibly one of her students?

Just looking to hear what other people have to say. :)

What is Centered Riding Instructor Levels Sally Swift Centered Riding Clinics Clinicians Information Level 1 2 3 4 Upgrading Requirements Find a CR Teacher Coach



     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    05-20-2011, 05:40 PM
  #2
Super Moderator
I THINK she actually died a couple years ago. I actually am a big fan of hers. She's definitely one of the greats in my book.
     
    05-20-2011, 08:16 PM
  #3
Trained
I hate her books. 'Think of your arms as hoses, gushing water into...' - yuck! I like analytical writing...which she sometimes gives, but then in confusing terms. So I think she has the worst of both traits.

I prefer 'How your horse wants you to ride':

Http://www.amazon.com/How-Your-Horse-Wants-Ride/dp/0764570994/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1305933120&sr=8-1
Or the US Cavalry manual:

Http://www.amazon.com/American-Military-Horsemanship-Cavalry-through/dp/1420855522/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1305933201&sr=1-7
It is also much harder to learn riding from a book than one might think. A LOT of good riding comes from timing, and timing is very difficult to teach in a book. Still, if you don't have a horse to ride right now...
     
    05-20-2011, 10:23 PM
  #4
Weanling
I am just learning to ride (hunt seat) and I have the Centered Riding book. So far, it has been very helpful. I think my instructor must be a fan, because she's taken me through some exercises that I recognize from the book.

The most helpful one for me (because I'm so new) was the one where she suggests seeing yourself as a tree with roots in the ground. That one has been REALLY helpful since the horse I'm riding right now has a tendency to jack around with me by pulling on the bit (even though he has an appropriate amount of slack in the reins, and I am not riding the bit, according to the instructor...she says he's just messing with me and playing games). Anyway, the "tree" metaphor really helps me keeps me from having my seat shifted when he yanks on the reins.

I am just learning to post (had my first big success on that front today) and the whole image that she provides for being pulled forward through your elbows has been *invaluable*. I'm sure she'll be just as helpful when I get to more complicated stuff!

Also, I do a lot of meditative work that has nothing to do with horses...a lot of her imagery has to do with what I'd consider getting "grounded and centered" - and that is important whether you're using for operatic singing, fencing, martial arts, gymnastics, zen, or - as she uses it - horses. Even though I have been using many of these techniques for years in other areas, it did not occur to me to use them on horseback until I read this book.
     
    05-20-2011, 10:48 PM
  #5
Started
Quote:
Originally Posted by bsms    
I hate her books. 'Think of your arms as hoses, gushing water into...' - yuck! I like analytical writing...which she sometimes gives, but then in confusing terms. So I think she has the worst of both traits.

I prefer 'How your horse wants you to ride':

Amazon.com: How Your Horse Wants You to Ride: Starting Out, Starting Over (9780764570995): Gincy Self Bucklin: Books

Or the US Cavalry manual:

Amazon.com: American Military Horsemanship: The Military Riding Seat of the United States Cavalry, 1792 through 1944 (9781420855524): James Ottevaere: Books

It is also much harder to learn riding from a book than one might think. A LOT of good riding comes from timing, and timing is very difficult to teach in a book. Still, if you don't have a horse to ride right now...

Yes, everyone has a different way of learning and taking in information. I personally learn much quicker through the kinesthetic(?) way; where you have to physically do it in order to learn. I enjoy the way she phrases things and gives you different images. They are very helpful to me while I'm riding to picture something instead of listing out in my mind the steps of how my body should be.

How do you learn, Bsms?
     
    05-20-2011, 10:50 PM
  #6
Started
Quote:
Originally Posted by farmpony84    
I THINK she actually died a couple years ago.
Really??
     
    05-20-2011, 10:52 PM
  #7
Started
Quote:
Originally Posted by serafina    
The most helpful one for me (because I'm so new) was the one where she suggests seeing yourself as a tree with roots in the ground.
For me as well! I also like to think of the one image she provides for lengthening your leg is to imagine your legs reaching all the way to the ground while you are riding and that they're dragging in the dirt. Just helps me to picture my legs being long.
     
    05-20-2011, 10:55 PM
  #8
Super Moderator
Pretty sure... she was in her late 90's I think....
     
    05-20-2011, 10:58 PM
  #9
Weanling
Jacket copy on my book says she was born in 1913. I don't know that she's died, but the odds are in favor of that outcome...she'd be 98 now.
     
    05-20-2011, 11:05 PM
  #10
Started
Ahh. Well, she did a lot during her years! :)
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Centered Riding nirvana Horse Riding 9 10-30-2009 11:01 AM
Centered Riding newhorsemom Horse Training 4 05-31-2009 10:27 PM
Tribute to Legendary Sally Swift koomy56 Horse Talk 0 04-05-2009 12:58 AM
"Centered Riding" by Sally Swift Small_Town_Girl Tack and Equipment Classifieds 8 10-23-2008 05:46 PM
sally swift kinky_oz69 Horse Talk 2 10-03-2007 12:14 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:35 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0