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Enlightened Equitation: Riding in True Harmony with Your Horse Hardcover – 31 Mar 1999

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (31 Mar. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715308106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715308103
  • Product Dimensions: 27.1 x 20.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Achieve total synchronisation with your horse by using Heather Moffett's non-confrontational methods - and make riding a totally rewarding experience. -- Horse, April 1999 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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RIDING MAGAZINE REVIEW
BOOK OF THE MONTH

RIDING MAGAZINE - BOOK OF THE MONTH - 'ENLIGHTENED EQUITATION'

[With her definite views on how horses should be handled and ridden, Heather Moffett's new book may well cause controversy amongst the 'old school' of riders and teachers. Not least because she has strong opinions on what and how riding instructors should teach people learning to ride; in fact for many years she was considered persona non grata in the teaching profession for her outspoken views! However, speaking as an instructor myself, anything that raises awareness of how to improve the horse's lot, in handling and under saddle, gets my vote.]……..

[Enlightened Equitation should be on the shopping list of all riders, novice and experienced, and instructors - as it contains much valuable advice and many tips for everyone, no matter what level they ride at. And especially for those riders who have struggled with a problem at some time, particularly the basics in achieving and maintaining a comfortable and effective position in the saddle]……. [Subjects covered in Heather's book include position and balance, interaction with the horse's movement, learning 'feel', aids-understanding and applying them, understanding schooling terms and how to ride school movements, developing rhythm, tempo and expression, and lateral work- all easy to understand thanks to Heather's talent for converting her methods into words, plus the inclusion of many case histories which help illustrate her points.

And what a pleasure to see pictures of horses and riders depicted happy, relaxed and enjoying themselves in their work - even when executing piaffe!]

Highly reccommended


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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 April 2000
Format: Hardcover
At last - a simple, easy to understand method of putting classical riding principles into practice- and it really works! I've spent years reading textbooks that described a quiet, elegant, horse-friendly way of riding but didn't explain how to achieve this. The "Enlightened Equitation" approach has revolutionised my riding style and my horse Carrie is happier too. Why didn't someone teach me this way when I started riding over twenty years ago? Carrie just wishes I'd read the book before I started riding her 4 years ago!
The book is written in a chatty, conversational style. It's just like having a series of one-to-one lessons with a top dressage trainer but the techniques can be applied to any equestrian discipline. Now I understand how all those riders I admire (such as the late Reiner Klimke) manage to make riding look so graceful and elegant with little apparent effort. This book unlocks all the mysteries of absorbing the movement and working in harmony with the horse. Before I read the book I thought only those with natural talent could ride so gracefully. Now I know differently.
I found it really helpful that the book used ordinary horses and riders to demonstrate the techniques. It really pressed home to me that you don't have to be a top level rider to ride safely, effectively and gracefully. All the horses photographed in the book ridden in the way that Heather promotes look so happy. Just look at the difference in the horse shown on the front and back covers of the book. The back cover shows the before photo. The front cover photo - taken 20 minutes later - shows the after! It looks like a different horse - the mare on the front cover is going forward in a good outline and she looks much more relaxed.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is the best book I have ever read about riding. Not satisfied with the way riding was being taught, Heather takes the reader back through a logical, reasoned approach to riding. She gives detailed practical help that is jargon free and will cure many of the common problems that riders develop (often through no fault of their own).
Referencing the classical principles of riding Heather examines how through understanding the horse, its feelings and the mechanics of riding you can ride in a sympathetic, gentle way without hindering the horse or his movement. She also shows how to use subtle aids that all horses understand and respond to.
The book challenges many of the accepted ways of learning to ride; showing that what people are commonly taught is often counterproductive and leads to confusion of the rider and horse. There are lots of popular phrases in riding like 'inside leg to outside hand' and 'sitting deep' which are bandied around by riders and instructors and often understood by neither. Heather's book shows you exactly what to do, without mystery or confusing imagery.
Profusely illustrated with riders and horses of all shapes, sizes and abilities, the many before and after shots show what can be achieved by application of the principles explained in the book.
If you are a beginner, or have some experience but feel your riding has got stuck then I'd strongly recommend you get this book. It could change the way you ride forever.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
Heathers clear, precise and easy to put into practice explanantions will assist any 'thinking' rider to improve his or her riding pleasure and most importantly the ability and pleasure of their horse to work without hinderence and with gentle, clear guideance from the rider. It is an ideal book not only for those new to riding as it gives an excellent insight into basic biomechanics and fundamentally 'how to stay on', but also for the more experienced rider who feels that there must be a better, easier and kinder approach to both basic riding skills and the more advanced school movements. The book has excellent photographs and drawings with clear explanations and includes some good before and after pictures. Heather has illustrated her teaching with different shapes and sizes of horses and riders and you really do feel that she puts her heart and soul into her work. This book is for anyone who has an interest in classical principles, equine welfare, has felt they are at odds with their horse, or that they have run up against a brick wall with 'more readily available teaching methods'. Classical principles are the kind and enlightened methods for ALL riders and this book demystifies many of them for us. I would urge all riders to read this book and if you get a chance to visit one of Heathers clinics or courses and ride the Equisimulator.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maya on 9 Nov. 2007
Format: Paperback
Heather's teachings are based around the absorption of the movement. Her methods are easy to understand and easy to put into practise. A visit to her yard in Devon and her simulators just consolidates it all even further!

If you're having problems sitting to the trot. If you can't tell which diagonal you're on in trot without looking down. If you can't feel a correct canter lead. Then this is the book for you.

Working on the principle that you need to move with the horse rather than against the horse (think polishing the saddle or driving with your seat) Heather helps us to bring lightness to our riding and makes for better transitions and more expressive paces.

This book and method should be required reading for the BHS and ABRS exams. It just all makes so much sense!
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