By Susanne von Dietze
This book is on the USDF Instructor Certification Recommended Reading List.
The art of successful riding is the development of harmony to such a degree that, to the onlooker, horse and rider perform in total unity. The rider's key to this ideal is not a static seat but one that is capable of making finely tuned movements with which to both communicate and remain in perfect balance with the horse.
Originally published in 1999, Balance in Movement broke new ground in assisting the reader to understand the anatomical requirements crucial for establishing the “perfect”: seat. Including discussion of common rider problems and correct application of the aids, this classic and highly acclaimed contribution to equestrian literature is now completely revised and extended with over 200 full color photographs, and is an essential addition to every rider's library.
Paperback, 224 pgs.
Color photos and color illustrations
I have found this book extremely helpful. It is very detailed deep for the rider who wants that, yet it is simple with key words and phrases I need to grasp clearly available. If I need specific help or information about a certain aspect of riding and body position, they are easily found. The chapters are clearly laid out with headings and continuity of subjects in each. It made me aware of many things I had never even considered, and I’ve been riding for over 30 years. One section I think that is helpful in most of the chapters is the one title “Feel, Practice, Improve”. Some of the chapters also have a section titled “Exercises on the Horse” to help in very practical ways. This is a book I will go back to many times as I seek to improve as a rider. Overall, I recommend this book for experienced riders and those who still have a ways to go.