How Two Minds Meet

The Mental Dynamics of Dressage

Beth Baumert



 An exciting follow-up to the bestselling book When Two Spines Align: Dressage Dynamics. 

Beth Baumert's first book, When Two Spines Align: Dressage Dynamics, was a popular and critical success. Lauded by Olympian Carl Hester as the book he most frequently quotes at clinics, it examined the ways the physical bodies of horse and rider work together—the physics behind riding in balance. In Baumert's new book How Two Minds Meet, she takes us beyond physical harmony to look at the minds of both horse and rider, each complete with its own set of emotions and mental capabilities. Readers will explore:

  • How the mind of the horse works.
  • the rider's “two minds”—the analytical mind and the sensory dimension of the mind (with which the horse more readily identifies).
  • Specific ways to get into the “non-thinking place” where the best communication between horse and rider takes place.
  • Principles of Learning that enable riders to improve the use of the traditional, knowledge—accumulating part of their brains.
  • Nine ideas for boosting your ability to learn, retain, and apply knowledge that's useful in training horses.
  • Methods for organizing and “filing” information so it can be best utilized.
  • How to ensure the horse is physically comfortable (balanced) under saddle to allow for a meeting of the minds in the first place.

Not only does Baumert explain how to optimize the use of the “thinking mind” in order to become a better learner in the saddle, she provides techniques for maximizing mental and emotional harmony with the horse, a state of unity that feels so good, Baumert calls it the “charming addiction”—once a rider has it, she wants to attain it again and again. Feeding this addiction is possible, says Baumert, with the thoughtful, practical insight she shares in these pages.


Additional Information

Author: Beth Baumert

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 224

Illustrations: 43 photos, 19 line drawings & 13 diagrams

ISBN: 9781570769726

By Beth Baumert

Beth Baumert trains horses and riders at Cloverlea Dressage LLC in Columbia, Connecticut, the farm she and her husband Alan have owned since 1973. They have two sons in New York City and Colorado, and a daughter, Grand Prix rider Jennifer Baumert, who operates Cloverlea Dressage LLC in Waxhaw, North Carolina, and Loxahatchee, Florida.

Beth's primary interest and field of study has always been rider education. For many years, she produced videos of the Aachen Dressage Show, as well as other instructional videos/DVDs, so American dressage riders could aspire to the European standard. She is a USDF-Certified Instructor and was the initial editor for Dressage Today magazine and has served as its technical editor for most of the years since the magazine's beginning in 1994. In that capacity, Beth is in constant contact with the best dressage riders in the world as they discuss and write about the technical aspects of dressage.

Beth is on the Board of Directors of The Dressage Foundation (TDF) and serves as President. TDF is on a mission to cultivate and provide financial support for the advancement of dressage in the United States..

Catskill Horse Magazine Says:

“Beth Baumert brings front and center an approachable and easy to assimilate method to maximize the time spent riding.”