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When Two Spines Align: Dressage Dynamics

When Two Spines Align: Dressage Dynamics

Item #: X1-34075
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When Two Spines Align: Dressage Dynamics by Beth Baumert promises to help you attain a remarkable riding rapport with your horse. A fundamental conflict of interest exists within riding. The rider needs to have control—her confidence depends on her ability to control the balance of her own body as well as that of her very powerful horse. The horse, by nature, needs to feel free—free in both mind and body to express himself through physical movement. In this book, Baumert, writer and editor at internationally recognized Dressage Today magazine, resolves the freedom-control enigma by taking a close look at the individual components that make up riding and dressage. She provides insight gleaned from years of working with the best riders, trainers and judges in the dressage world, and she details practical ways riders can learn to harness the balance, energies and forces at play when they’re in the saddle.

Readers will discover how to use “positive tension” and what the author calls the four physical “Powerlines”—Vertical, Connecting, Spiraling, and Visual—to become balanced and effective in the saddle. Readers will then find ways to understand and manage the horse’s balance and coordination challenges, including the fact that he is inherently crooked and naturally inclined to do too much with his front end and not enough with his hind. 

Ultimately, the rider learns to regulate and monitor the horse’s rhythm, energy, flexion, alignment, bend, the height and length of his neck, and, finally, his line of travel by properly aligning her spine with his. When the center of gravity of a balanced rider is directly over the center of gravity of a balanced horse, that place where two spines align becomes the hub for rider and horse harmony—a dynamic and remarkable riding rapport that yields beautiful performance.

Hardcover, 248 pages with color photos and black and white illustrations.