THe rider’S bal­ance by Sylvia locH

Horse & Hound - - Gift Guide - CP

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

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