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Books - The Classical Seat Book (Paperback)


The essence of classical riding is being 'at one' and in tune with the horse. It is not mystical nor complex, and is open to all riders who wish to improve their horse's performance. No rider – whatever level they are at - should feel it is beyond them.

In The Classical Seat – A Guide For The Everyday Rider, Sylvia Loch shows how all riders can attain a correct (and hence, safe) classical seat – one that is deep, balanced and sensitive, and gives maximum control.

The Author's ability to cut through the complex jargon we have become so accustomed to in equitation, together with her imaginative use of photos and illustrations, results in delightfully fresh approach which is both enjoyable and educational.

'The Classical Seat – A book so cleverly written and easy to comprehend – suddenly the words "classical seat" take on a new fascination...'

Lucinda Green M.B.E.

RIDING MAGAZINE’S Gideon Williams (aka Elwyn Hartley Edwards) writes:

A recent addition to my review shelf is Sylvia Loch's slim paperback book The Classical Seat. Slim it is, but do not be discouraged by the size. The best things often come in little packages and big, as we learn to our cost, is not necessarily, or even frequently, beautiful. This is a thoughtful, indeed even empirical study of the classical seat, and in it she exceeds the work of past mentors... Her polite correction of the ugly German braced back position and her preference for the more elegant and far lighter French and Latin interpretation is refreshing and indeed, long overdue. Indeed, I thought the exposition of the back influence was masterly and her explanations and supporting diagrams of the pelvic influence and that of the seat bones is no less so. The summaries of the leg function are, I believe, better and far more straightforward than those put forward by Museler and even the far more perceptive Decarpentry, and her explanation of the 'right button to press' is ingenuous.

Finally, there is the emphasis on the hand. How I applaud her expressed opinion that 'today, less emphasis appears to be placed on how the hands are used'. To a large degree this small book compensates for that general failing, the position, use and lightness of the hands being examined with much perception. If you wish to approach that state of being 'at one' with your horse, you could do worse than begin with this little book.

Currently in its 6th edition, this best selling paperback deals in-depth with correct posture, and how and how not to use the seat and back as aids. Leg, hand and weight aids for forward and lateral work are discussed generally. If you think you can ride, you may be surprised how this book will change your life. A must for all dressage riders, no matter how experienced!

All books purchased from the site are signed by the author.

Price: £ 9.99 / € 16.00



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