Originally developed by Sally Swift, Centered Riding is a unique way of teaching the Classical Principles of riding, working with body awareness and balance to result in harmony between horse and rider.
Centered Riding is not a 'different kind of riding' or a discipline in itself but it is a tool which can be used in all disciplines. The methods teach, explain and allow riders to 'feel' a clearer understanding and connection between rider, horse and instructor.
Based on the knowledge of horse and human anatomy, bio-mechanics, balance and movement, Centered Riding increases body awareness and understanding and helps riders recognise old habits to enable them to replace old patterns with new thought processes thus allowing horse and rider move more freely to improve performance.
A rider has to learn how his own body and the body and mind of the horse are functioning to be able to improve all their skills to perform together in better balance and ease.
Our centre is located in the lower part of our our pelvis just in front of the 5th body of the lumbar vertebrae. All movements start from our centre like turning and halve holds etc.
Breathing in different ways
Aware of your surroundings without looking at something in particular
Building Blocks must be in place to enable the rider to ride in balance and be in a power position without using force. So you will be strong without using strength (martial arts, Tai Chi).
Grounding is the result of all the 4 basics.
At the end the result will be a inner awareness of the correct posture and balance in all the movements required.