Centered Riding 2: Further Exploration

The Acclaimed Sequel to the Book That Revolutionized Horseback Riding

Sally Swift


Note from the Publisher: This book is now printed on a short-run basis at the request of Centered Riding Inc. It does not have coated paper of the same thickness or color reproduction capacity of the original edition. It is not available at wholesale discounts for resale.

Centered Riding is not a style of riding as are dressage, hunter seat, or Western. Rather, it is a way of reeducating a rider's mind and body to achieve greater balance in order to better communicate with the horse. Founder Sally Swift revolutionized riding by showing that good use of the human body makes a world of difference on horseback. Early in her work, she established what she calls the "Four Basics"—centering, breathing, soft eyes, and building blocks"—which, together with grounding, are the main tenets of her method. When a rider learns and maintains these basics, then harmony between horse and human is possible.

Sally Swift's first book, Centered Riding, came on the scene in 1985. Now translated into 15 languages, it is one of the bestselling horse books of all time and continues to be just as valid as when it first came out, containing all the fundamentals of Sally's teaching. Sally's second book Centered Riding 2: Further Exploration doesn't replace the first one"—it complements it. Over the years, Centered Riding continued to evolve, and Sally inevitably developed many new concepts and fresh imagery, all of which are presented in these pages.

In addition to these additional riding techniques, Sally also concentrates more on the horse than she did in her first book, and she explains in great detail how through the use of Centered Riding you can improve your hors's musculature and way of going—and consequently, his comfort and performance. This is the intent of Centered Riding—a successful horse and rider partnership, in which they work efficiently together in joyful harmony.

Additional Information

Author: Sally Swift

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 272

Illustrations: Color photographs and line drawings throughout

ISBN: 9781570766886

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.

Horse & Rider Says:

“A worthy companion to its classic predecessor.”

The Horseman's Voice Says:

“Not a book to be read, but a book to be lived in...destined also to become a classic and a staple on the shelf of committed riders.”

USDF Connection Says:

"Swift was ahead of her time."