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What Are the Benefits of Centered Riding?
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What Are the Benefits of Centered Riding®?

Centered Riding┬« is an innovative way of learning and teaching classical principles of riding, using body awareness, centering, and imagery. Centered Riding is not a separate seat or discipline, but encompasses all seats and styles of riding.  It teaches a language that allows clearer communication between horse, rider, and instructor. Centered Riding was developed by Sally Swift, author of the best-selling book and videotapes, and is now taught by Centered Riding Instructors around the world.

 Centered Riding is based on a knowledge of human and horse anatomy, balance, movement, and on understanding how the mind affects the body and how both affect the horse. It uses centering and grounding techniques from the oriental 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 their best performance.

 

What Can Centered Riding do for you?

Centered Riding teaches you how to help your body do what you need to do in order to ride well. Centered Riding techniques help promote suppleness, stability, and clearer aids, making riding more comfortable for both horse and rider. As you learn and experience the principles through your horse's motion and responses, you and your horse tune in to each other and work together in harmony. These techniques can increase confidence and enjoyment and release tension in horses and riders, making training easier. They also help people cope with old injuries or chronic conditions that cause pain during or after riding.

Centered Riding is used successfully by riders and instructors of all ages, interests, and levels, from pleasure riders to international competitors, and in therapeutic riding. It can be applied to any type of horse or horsemanship. Most of all, it makes riding more enjoyable for horses and riders.

Membership Benefits

Centered Riding publishes a quarterly Newsletter for CR Members with articles about Sally Swift, Centered Riding,  teaching , riding and other equestrian topics, and news about CR Instructors and Rider Members. Current events and happenings in the Centered Riding are reported here, as well as news and announcements from the CR Board of Trustees. CR Business members receive a 15% discount on all CR advertising. CR Rider members may participate in the Rider Recognition program, earning badges and certificates in recognition of their riding and learning in Centered Riding. They are also eligible for discounts for the CR International Symposium and from many CR Instructors.

The Centered Riding e-Bulletin, with shorter articles about Centered Riding, is available electronically and free to anyone.

Membership in Centered Riding supports the work of Sally Swift and helps to realize her dream of making Centered Riding techniques available to all riders around the world.

Who Can Become a Member of Centered Riding?

You can! There are four categories of Centered Riding Membership: Supporting, Rider, Business and Instructor. 

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