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Silva and Boyd Martin with An­nie Photo by Amy K. Dra­goo

In her book, When Two Spines Align: Dres­sage Dy­nam­ics, trainer, au­thor and Dres­sage To­day’s tech­ni­cal ed­i­tor Beth Baumert helps read­ers dis­cover how to use “pos­i­tive ten­sion” and “pow­er­lines” to be­come bal­anced and ef­fec­tive in the sad­dle. Use of pos­i­tive ten­sion and pow­er­lines al­lows the rider to be strong but still soft. It is the easy way to be strong.

This ex­cerpted chap­ter of the book is from Part I called “How Rid­ers Work.” Part II of the book, “How Horses Work,” de­scribes how rid­ers can help their horses over­come co­or­di­na­tion chal­lenges. First, as a four-legged creature, the horse is nat­u­rally in­clined to do too much with his front end and not enough with his hind. Sec­ond, the horse is nat­u­rally crooked, so the rider needs to help him be­come straight and aligned. Part III, “How Two Spines Align in Bal­ance,” gives the rider spe­cific di­rec­tion on how to cre­ate bal­ance and har­mony at that place where two spines meet.

This ex­cerpt is used with per­mis­sion from Trafal­gar Square Books. The book and the DVD of Part I are avail­able through HorseBook­sEtc. com, (800) 952-5813.

An­gela Krooswijk and Flash

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