Table of contents:
• Article 1. Gravity and Riding
• Our skeleton- a bowling ball, a flexible straw, a bowl and a pair of stilts
• Article 2. Gravity Part 2
The horse’s skeleton : a bowling ball, a flexible straw, a bowl and two pairs of stilts
• Article 3. The Equine Seesaw:
How the horse can horizontally counterbalance the bowling ball
• Article 4. If only we had X-ray vision :
A closer look at how the horse functions
• Article 5. Rider Self-Carriage
• Article 6. What the Saddle Does
Soft Cover, 40 pages.
One might think that after surviving the birth of one book I might quit. Well it seems my fingers can’t stop typing the thoughts running around in my head. Even before Simplify Your Riding was finished I had begun on a new series of articles for Eclectic Horseman Magazine. The goal was to write articles on lateral work but I soon discovered that there was much to be said before actually writing anything about going sideways on your horse. First you needed to know what you were trying to accomplish and why moving the horse laterally might help. As a result the first six articles are presented here in Anatomy of a Good Seat.
It was quite gratifying to finally get these concepts into print. I had been trying to write an article about the horse being on the bit and in self-carriage for years. The stumbling block was the images. One cannot publish photos without reproduction rights. Hence I could not print the images I use in my lectures. But, after taking a series of Anatomy in Clay® courses with Jon Zahourek I discovered suddenly that I could draw horse skeletons! Granted they could be better if I was a trained technical artist. Be that as it may I think you will find that my humble skeletons get the point across. Fortunately I was able to recruit two wonderful graphic/artists to help me with the other illustrations in The Essential Elements of Lateral Work reader and The Effortless Rider® reader.
In time my hope is that these readers become fully-fledged books but that could take years. I decided to publish them in this form so that my students and all equestrians trying to improve themselves could benefit. I hope you enjoy the information herein and please feel free to contact me via email with your questions and thoughts. My response time seems to be dictated by the wordiness of the email. Short and to the point yields the fastest response.