Centered Riding is based on a knowledge of human and horse anatomy, balance, movement and an understanding of how the mind affects the body and how both affect the horse. It uses centering and grounding techniques from the martial arts, along with body awareness, mental imagery and sports psychology. Through increasing body awareness, inhibiting old patterns and replacing them with a more balanced, free and coordinated use of self, both horse and rider can move more freely and comfortably and develop the best performances.
The FOUR BASICS OF CENTERED RIDING ARE:
- Soft Eyes-Encourage visual and physical awareness, better peripheral vision and improved “feel”.
- Breathing-Using the diaphragm and breathing correctly for better posture, relaxation and energy.
- Balance or Building Blocks-Aligns the riders body for improved balance, straightness and ease of movement.
- Centering– using the center of balance and the deep core muscles gives quiet strength, harmony and power.
During your lessons you will have a chance to work on the ground with your horse as well as learn about balance and coordination in your own body, using various “tools” in Cathy’s bag.
You will progress at your own speed and may not follow the program in this exact order. We will spend as much time as you wish/need to feel comfortable and confident and may use several different horses to assist you in your learning.
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