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post #1 of 9 Old 10-20-2008, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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"Centered Riding" by Sally Swift

I have this great book titled "Centered Riding," by Sally Swift up for
grabs if anyone is interested. The book is hardcover and is used, but like
new. I will take $10 including S&H! PM me if interested.


Widely known for her innovative teaching philosophy stressing body awareness, the value of "soft eyes," proper breathing, centering, and balance, Sally Swift has been a pioneering riding instructor for half a century. In book form for the first time, her methods enable horse and rider to achieve harmony, working together naturally, without pain. Unlike traditional teachers, Sally Swift does not believe in forced training techniques that cause stiff bodies and tense riding. Instead, through the use of vivid, unusual, and highly creative images that transcend mechanics ("Pretend you're a spruce tree; the roots grow down from your center as the trunk grows up"), plus a thorough knowledge of human and equine anatomy, this wise and inspiring teacher enables the conscientious equestrian to reassess habitual responses, in order to ride in natural positions, break through frustrating plateaus, and achieve ever-rising goals with comfort, vitality, and precision. Precise illustrations and photographs never before used in riding books explain anatomy and image work to give mind and body new and relaxed approaches to the inner process of riding. Centered Riding is for those with little experience all the way up to world class.


Introducing Centered Riding
1dressage, martial arts, Miss Todd
Pretend You Are a Horse
5dressage, second rider mounts, hollow your back
The Four Basics
10soft eyes, diaphragm, rib cage
Learning and the Brain
24right brain, left brain, soft eyes
32pelvis, hip joint, greater trochanter
Balance and Body Freedom
51sternum, sacrum, stirrups

more Walk and the Following Seat
58buttocks, leg drop, seat bone
Rising Posting Trot
66parallelogram, body melt, center of gravity
76horse's mouth, ring finger, shoulder joints
86clothespin, down transition, knee drops
Sitting Trot
96sitting trot, down transition, lower back
Circles and Turns
104yardarm, stubby legs, around the bend
Half Halts and SelfCarriage
116canter, half halt, self-carriage
Forces of Energy
132ergy, lengthened stride, forehand
Lateral Work
150shoulder-in, forehand, sideways
164gymnastic, shock absorbers, parabola
Suppling the Horse
178greater trochanter, leg drops, ergy

It's been awhile, but I'm back & back in the saddle!
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post #2 of 9 Old 10-20-2008, 10:36 PM
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just to put this out there . . . it was a great book and fixed a bunch of balance issues i had . . . and it made me a much better rider . . . she knows what she talking about . . . and its a book worth owning . . . trust me i own it and the Centered Riding 2

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Yes, very VERY good book.

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I love this book as well. I read it before I got back into riding this year, and plan on reading it again soon.

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awesome book..i participated in a clinic at my barn with one of the several students she tought.it was amazing what horses know what you are doing and thinking.and what they can feel.i have centered riding 2..i bet this one is just as good!

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I'm interested in the book! Is it $10 including shipping? Or do I have to pay extra for shipping? All I've heard is good things about it from all different types of riders and I'm ready to get in on the action.
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I have an autographed version of that book... I got it when I was in pony club!

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Originally Posted by mudypony View Post
I'm interested in the book! Is it $10 including shipping? Or do I have to pay extra for shipping? All I've heard is good things about it from all different types of riders and I'm ready to get in on the action.
Yes, $10 Including S&H. I have gotten a PM from another member
already asking about it, so I need to see if she wants it first. I accept
personal checks and money orders. If she decides she doesn't want it,
I will send you a PM, k?


It's been awhile, but I'm back & back in the saddle!
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post #9 of 9 Old 10-23-2008, 04:46 PM
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If neither of them wants it, send me a PM. =) I am very interested.

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