Sally taught riders that if you get the skele­ton in align­ment, the mus­cles will fol­low–the op­po­site of “muscling” the rider into po­si­tion or the horse into obedience.

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travel de­tails, led horses in lessons,

and rode when­ever there

was a spare horse. I got

to ride ev­ery­thing from

a grand prix dres­sage

horse to a mule (and I

learned a lot about cen-

ter­ing from the mule!)

I was of­ten asked to

lead a horse as Sally

taught her fa­vorite body

aware­ness les­son, which

in­volved the rider be­ing

led so they could ride

with their eyes closed

and go into

“pure feel.”

This was a rev-

ela­tion even to

very ad­vanced

riders; I was

priv­i­leged to

lead Len­don

Gray’s horse

while she took

a les­son from Sally, who said she’d

never seen any rider get so much from

a les­son; she only had to say it once

and Len­don had it! An­other duty of the

ap­pren­tice was keep­ing horses from

get­ting too close to Sally and pos­si­bly

knock­ing her over; this was not al­ways

easy, be­cause in ev­ery les­son the

horses would move closer and closer

to Sally un­til they were stand­ing

with their heads over her and their

muz­zles near her hair; they knew she

was their friend. I also spent a lot of

time sit­ting be­side Sally as she taught

and tak­ing notes; my way of tak­ing

notes is to make sketches with a few

notes, so I wound up with a vis­ual

record of what I learned from

Sally. Many of those sketches be-

came the il­lus­tra­tions for Sally’s sec­ond book, Cen­tered Rid­ing II: Fur­ther Ex­plo­ration.

One of Sally’s fa­vor-

ite say­ings was, “Ride

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