THe rider’S balance by Sylvia locH
AS someone who believes riding is best learnt when your bum is in the saddle, rather than by reading books, I was pleasantly surprised by how useful I found this book, which is by classical riding specialist Sylvia Loch, the author of The Classical Seat.
Excellent use of photos and illustrations with explanations get to the nub of how riders can use their weight, and the aid of gravity, to enhance their riding and help, rather than hinder, their horse in all paces and movements. While much is said and written about the rider’s seat, this is the first book I’ve found that clearly and simply explains how weight can be used as a positive aid.
I also found it refreshing that horses of all breeds and types were pictured, as well as riders from beginners through to advanced. It includes a foreword by Charlotte Dujardin, who reflects on the impact Sylvia’s teachings have had on her own riding.
This book is a worthwhile read for all riders wishing to improve their skills in the saddle to benefit their horses. kenilworth Press £19.49 iSbn 97819 10016343