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Balance in Movement: How to Achieve the Perfect Seat [Hardcover]

Susanne von Dietze
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Nov. 1 2005
An updated edition of a groundbreaking book that helps readers understand the anatomical requirements crucial for establishing the perfect seat.

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An updated edition of this popular book, now featuring 250 full-color images.

About the Author

Susanne von Dietze is a physiotherapist, riding instructor, and active dressage competitor. She frequently tours the U.S. and Europe, presenting lectures and clinics.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Feb. 11 2004
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This book changed my riding - after ten years of riding and showing - I finally am developing the ever-elusive INDEPENDENT SEAT. My horse is delighted, moving freely forward and over her back. Filling up her ribcage and carrying me softly because I am no longer a nasty burden! Sitting the trot, without bobbing, weaving or bouncing is easy now if I align and control my body the way this book describes.
I've promised it to many struggling rider friends, but can't let it out of my hands.
It's very technical - lots of anatomy and physiology interspersed with simple little exercises, some in front of a mirror, that help you understand how your body can work when you're riding. The writing is clear, concised, detailed and practical.
Plan to spend time with this book, reading, re-reading, studying, assimilating. It is truly awesome.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book for the Thinking Horseman July 2 2000
"Balance in Movement" is an excellent book for the thinking horseman who wishes to improve his/her communication skills with their horse. The book details how, physically, we ride and how our body, unconsciously or unconsciously, effects the way our horses react. This is not an easy read, the anatomical terms can get a bit unwieldy, but the excellent photos and line drawings illustrate each point clearly, and make rereading sections valuable. This book can be compared favorably with "An Anatomy of Riding" by H. Schusdziarra, MD and V. Schusdziarra, MD., although "Balance in Movement"does not have a specific Dressage focus. I can recommend this book to anyone who has wondered just exactly how to achieve the perfect balance on a moving horse.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Found My Seat! Feb. 5 2000
By A Customer
After two years of off-and-on dressage lessons, I still had not found my seat. This book helped me get a true dressage seat. My horse is so thankful! I bought one to read and highlight, another to lend out. It's especially helpful for trainers to explain the physiological basis for the correct seat, hands, leg, etc. Also, for adults learning to ride, who process information much differently than kids, Susanne von Dietze knows how to explain riding properly. The book contains a lot of helpful photographs, as well as anatomical illustrations. The exercises and stretches are also great. My only beef with the book is that is was translated from German by a German, so the English is awkward at times, but this is a minor quibble.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy 2 copies: 1 for you and 1 for your trainer! July 14 2000
I took up riding as an adult, and have been struggling with sitting the trot on my warmblood mare with extravagant movement. I bought this book based on a review I read in an equestrian magazine, and by the time I had finished the first 3 chapters, went back and ordered 3 more copies (1 for each of my trainers, and 1 for my sister who would otherwise try to steal my copy). It has been incredibly helpful to me personally, and my trainer finds that some of the images and instructions are helping her to get through to other students better, as well. Probably the most valuable book in my rather large equestrian library!
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