Two Brains, One Aim

A Riding Coach’s Key Concepts for Bringing Horse and Rider Together (and Ending in Success!)

Eric Smiley



Riding well can be a puzzle. This book puts together the pieces, including:
- How humans and horses learn.
- Striving for partnership vs. dictatorship.
- Early training and developing skills.
- Demystifying equestrian-speak.
- Dressage outside the arena.
- Ground poles for the rest of us.
- Jumping and cross-country tips.
- Solving problems, wherever you ride.
- Competition psychology.
- Being coached and being a coach.

This book is aimed at riders, coaches, and anyone interested in learning more about how humans and horses interact. I have tried to harness my own experiences when I cover the three main disciplines—dressage, show jumping, and eventing—and how they relate to one another. I look at how those in a coaching position can guide riders to perform better by making their lives less complicated and more fulfilling, and I examine how riders can apply the same principles to training their horses and become self-sufficient.—Eric Smiley

Additional Information

Author: Eric Smiley

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 192

Illustrations: 77 color photographs & diagrams

ISBN: 9781570768927

By Eric Smiley

Eric Smiley is a former international event rider who represented Ireland at European, World, and Olympic level, winning team bronze medals on two occasions. Smiley began his equestrian career in the Pony Club, and continued it in the army and at the world-renowned Talland Equestrian Center in the United Kingdom, during which time he gained his British Horse Society Instructor's certificate. In 1995 Smiley passed his British Horse Society Fellowship exam, the highest teaching qualification in the industry. Smiley was Team Coach of the Belgian Eventing team for the 2011 European Eventing Championships and 2012 London Olympics and was an FEI judge who regularly acted as a Ground Jury member. Smiley is the author of the cross-country bible Look…No Hands!, The Sport Horse Problem Solver, and Two Brains, One Aim. He travels the globe helping professional and amateur riders achieve their goals (

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