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The Rider's Balance: Understanding the Weight AIDS in Pictures

The Rider's Balance: Understanding the Weight AIDS in Pictures

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How to best communicate with the horse has long been pondered, studied, and deciphered. From a handler's body language on the ground to the rider's use of "aids" (seat, legs, reins) when in the saddle, the ways we convey our wishes to the horse are the essential foundation of the partnership we seek with him. Although the basic aids are taught at the most elementary levels of equitation, renowned classical dressage trainer Sylvia Loch feels that most riders never fully realize how their weight when mounted impacts the horse in hundreds of nuanced ways--both good and bad. Developing an understanding of "weight aids" ensures that riders cultivate better balance and "feel," ultimately riding with more empathy and a finer connection.

Here, Loch provides an image-driven visual guide that shows how each tiny shift of the rider's weight affects the horse's balance. With the help of dozens of illustrations and fabulous color photographs, she demonstrates the minute changes in rider position that determine a horse's comprehension of instruction as well as his physical ability to perform. With this book, novice riders will develop a much greater awareness of their own bodies and abilities, as well as those of the horse, from Day One, while more experienced riders will discover new avenues that lead to successful riding performance and fulfilling relationships with their horses.

Author: Sylvia Loch
Publisher: Kenilworth Press
Published: 10/16/2018
Pages: 144
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.55lbs
Size: 9.50h x 7.60w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9781910016343

About the Author

Sylvia Loch discovered classical High School riding in Portugal. In 1984 she founded the Lusitano Breed Society of Great Britain and was awarded an Honorary Instructorship by the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art. She trained with Former First Chief Rider of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna and founded The Classical Riding Club in 1995. She is also the author of The Balanced Horse, The Classical Riding, Dressage in Lightness, and Dressage: The Art of Classical Riding.

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