The Anatomy of Riding by Sara Wyche
Model Number: 9781861266248
What does it mean to ride the horse correctly? In today’s world the rider is faced not just with the advocates of traditional practice but with an unprecedented number of new and sometimes conflicting theories on the best way to train and ride horses. To arrive at a satisfactory conclusion can seem almost impossible. Nut whatever one’s creed in riding – conventional or ‘natural’ – most riders would probably agree that to ride the horse correctly is to ride him humanely, logically and, if possible, in an aesthetically pleasing way. But how do we decide what really defines humane, logical, and aesthetically pleasing? The answer is written in the horse’s anatomy.
The Anatomy of Riding aims to look at riding from the horse’s point of view: it illustrates why some riding techniques are anatomically logical for the horse while others are anatomically flawed. It describes what really goes on beneath the saddle – regardless of either traditional or modern interpretation. By understanding how the rider’s anatomy interacts with that of the horse – what actually happens when you sit in a certain way or move your leg a particular position – it is possible for you to become your own teacher and to seek out for yourself a system of riding that is both effective and kind.
In writing this book, Sara Wyche once again brings together her wide experience and unique style to offer a fresh perspective on a frequently misunderstood subject. Highly readable text and detailed line-drawings work together to provide a complete, explanatory overview that will enable you to understand not just the mechanics of the horse under the saddle, but the dynamics of horse and rider as one unit.