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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2004
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
"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
on February 5, 2000
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
on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2002
An excellent explanation of why & how to properly "Keep you heels down" "use more seat/leg" . Tells you how to communicate to your body what it needs to do to communicate to the horse in a manner he understands what your request is.
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on December 8, 2012
This is a great gift for your coach or the serious rider in the family.Clear and simple explanations of your sacrum , seat bones and how to find your balance point and keep you balance point to ride in partnership and balance with your horse.
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on May 30, 2008
Very informitive,easy to read and helpful pitchers and good exercises to do.A great book and well worth getting if you need help finding that deep seat and sencs of security in the saddle.
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