Innovative learning strategies for Basic Riding Skills
Whilst the horse world is rich in descriptions that tell us what horse and rider should look like we lack good information about exactly “how” to produce the desired results. Good horsemen ride well without knowing how they do it and without understanding why you are not like them and cannot do it too.
During 23 years of research it has been Mary Wanless’s personal mission to expose the secrets of horsemanship breaking down riding skills into “bite-size chunks” and finding ways of describing them that work for average riders.
By using the learning strategies given here the rider should discover how to connect with the horse in a way that makes sense to him and enables him to carry himself well in self-carriage. At the same time the techniques aim to offer the rider security stability and effectiveness in the saddle.
This title sets out to simplify “Ride With Your Mind” methods and to provide a basic tool-kit for the acquisition of a truly independent seat in walk trot and through transitions on straight lines turns and circles – and importantly how to make corrections when things don’t go exactly to plan.
Mary explains how to use the hands legs and body correctly and gives the ingredients for perfect contact. In each section the instruction is backed up by practical self-tests and exercises to ensure success and there are ideas for troubleshooting during the learning process and in the future.
Author Notes: Mary Wanless (BSc Physics and BSc Applied Sports Coaching) started riding at the age of fourteen.
During the 1970s she worked in a number of riding establishments and passed her BHSI in 1978, after which she became disillusioned with traditional ways of teaching and gave up riding.
She was soon persuaded back on to a horse, however, and combined her equestrian knowledge with experience gained by studying psychology, biofeedback, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), the Alexander and Feldenkrais systems of bodywork, Tai Chi, massage, dance, anatomy, sports psychology and educational kinesiology. This led her to develop an extraordinarily effective method of teaching, based on an understanding of the biomechanical demands of riding and of the communication styles that make riding skills easy to learn.
Book Title: Ride With Your Mind Essentials
Publisher: Kenilworth Press
Number of Pages: 144
Author: Mary Wanless