Centered Riding

The Classic Book That Changed How We Ride

Sally Swift



Using vivid, highly imaginative images, this revolutionary—now classic—book enables every equestrian to reassess habitual responses, ride in natural positions, and break through frustrating plateaus. Widely known for her innovative teaching philosophy stressing body awareness, the value of "soft eyes," proper breathing, centering, and "building blocks" i.e. balance, Sally Swift was a pioneering riding instructor for half a century. Her methods enable horse and rider to achieve harmony, working together naturally.


Additional Information

Author: Sally Swift

Format: Hardcover

Page Count: 224

Illustrations: 187 black & white illustrations

ISBN: 9780312127343

By Sally Swift

Sally Swift was world-renowned as the founder of Centered Riding® and led a revolution in rider awareness for over 20 years. Many of her groundbreaking techniques for riders were drawn from her use of the Alexander Technique, the study of anatomy, and other bodywork methods used for her own physical therapy to treat scoliosis. The book Centered Riding first took the horse world by storm in 1985 with innovative ideas such as “building blocks,” “soft eyes,” “centering,” and “breathing.” Sally continued to develop her ideas over the years and proudly oversaw a Centered Riding® organization with an active membership and many instructors Sally trained herself to carry on her legacy of good riding. Sadly, Sally died in April 2009 three weeks shy of her 96th birthday. She is dearly missed.

The American Quarter Horse Journal Says:

"This is the most revolutionary set of concepts to hit the riding world since Caprilli found the best way to jump."

William Steinkraus, Olympic Show Jumper, Says:

"Indispensable...wonderfully explicit.... A work of truly remarkable originality and ingenuity."