Through Rider Biomechanics, one gains a complete understanding of the biomechanics of the rider via a new understanding of fascia — the fabric of the body that links muscles into functional chains, rather like strings of sausages. Within both human and equine bodies these form 'lines of pull', affecting posture, movement, stability and mobility.
Through clear 'how to' descriptions, coupled with copious illustrations, the reader learns how to rebalance the tension within and between one's own 'lines of pull'. The ultimate task is to use this developing awareness to rebalance the tension in the horse's 'line of pull', gaining much more influence over his carriage and movement. The secrets of talented riders are laid bare.
- Explains how the body's connective tissue ultimately determines the balance of horse and rider
- Provides a map and techniques for rebalancing the 'lines of pull' creating better balance between horse and rider
- Illustrations and photographs throughout explain the 'lines of pull' and how to reorganise and influence one's horse
- Draws upon the 'Anatomy Trains' model of Thomas Myers
AUTHOR: Mary Wanless
Mary Wanless is an internationally renowned coach, and the author of the highly successful Ride with Your Mind, For the Good of the Rider, For the Good of the Horse and Ride with Your Mind Essentials. She has also authored 12 DVDs. She coaches riders at all levels, from relative novices to elite riders, including some who have competed at the highest levels of international competition. She has BSc degrees in both Physics and Applied Sports Coaching, holds the BHSI certificate and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Art, Manufactures and Commerce.
- Book Specifications
Sub Heading An Illustrated Guide: How to Sit Better and Gain Influence ISBN 9781910016145 Author Mary Wanless Binding Paperback Extent 280 x 216 mm, 224 pages Illustrations Colour illustrations and photographs Ebook No
'If there is one equestrian author who single-handedly changed how we looked at riding it has to be Mary Wanless. Rider Biomechanics is an incredibly detailed book, beautifully illustrated with colourful diagrams and photographs which show the influence of the body, including the front and back lines as well as the influence the arms and spinal position has on the rider’s ability to help or hinder the horse. This is such a long way away from the instructions of old where we were merely told to have a straight line from the horse’s mouth to our elbows. I am sure there must be many a horse who, with a rider who is aware of what their body is doing, must think ‘thank goodness for Mary Wanless!.’ - Jacqui Broderick, Horse & Pony Ireland (you can read the full review here)
'Mary teaches a centred, balanced approach to riding that’s light years away from the ‘heels down, head up’ approach that many of us learnt as children. In her new book, she concentrates on using the fascial system and core muscles to build a deeply balanced riding position that’s in tune with the way the horse moves.' -Horse & Countryside
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