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Rider Biomechanics: An Illustrated Guide: How to Sit Better and Gain Influence

Mary Wanless Tom Myers



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Kenilworth Press Ltd
01 July 2017
Riding, showjumping & horsemanship
Rider Biomechanics is a collaboration between rider Biomechanics coach Mary Wanless and functional anatomist Thomas Myers. Myer's seminal book Anatomy Trains explains how connective tissue joins muscles together into functional chains. Some of these chains extend from head to toe, and they are the 'lines of pull'. Elite riders excel in balancing the tension in their lines, creating a stable balanced structure which can transmit and redirect the forces of the horse's movement. Easy, fluid, sitting eludes less skilled riders - but this book, with its copious photographs and illustrations, provides a route map for reorganising 'lines of pull', sitting, and influence on one's horse. It is through balancing one's own lines that you learn how to balance one's horse, changing his carriage and movement, and discovering the secrets of the few talented riders who naturally possess those skills. AUTHORS: Mary Wanless BSc BHSI developed an effective method of teaching, based on an understanding of the biomechanical demands of riding and the communication styles that make riding skills easy to learn. She is 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. Thomas W Myers is the author and creator of Anatomy Trains a unique map of the anatomy of connection. He has written numerous articles for magazines and produced many DVDs and webinars on visual assessment and fascial release techniques. SELLING POINTS: A collaboration between rider biomechanics coach Mary Wanless and functional anatomist Thomas Myers Explains how the body's connective tissue can ultimately affect the balance of horse and rider Provides a map and techniques for changing the 'lines of pull' creating better balance between horse and rider Illustrated and photographs throughout explain 'the lines of pull' and how to reorganise and influence one's horse From the bestselling author of Ride With Your Mind Essentials
By:   Mary Wanless
Foreword by:   Tom Myers
Imprint:   Kenilworth Press Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 280mm,  Width: 216mm, 
ISBN:   9781910016145
ISBN 10:   1910016144
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   01 July 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified
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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 Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Reviews for Rider Biomechanics: An Illustrated Guide: How to Sit Better and Gain Influence

'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; '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 This is a really interesting approach to correcting the postural errors which have such a huge effect on the horse when we ride. The book will help you to understand why we make these common mistakes, why they affect the horse so, and give you some tools to best correct them... The aim is to change what do to get the ride that you want. * Haynet * Mary Wanless - who's extremely well-known for her previous books dedicated to rider position (Ride With Your Mind) - has put more of her knowledge and training onto the pages or Rider Biomechanics... In some ways, she tells us, it can rather like the skin on a string of sausages - the fascia that is the fabric of our body, that is then the link into muscle and functional chains. 'Lines of pull'. Where the horse is concerned, these lines of pull are what we as riders, need to be aware of... Sounds simple here, but whether you tip forward, tip back, round your back or hollow it, draw your leg upwards, forwards or too far back, there is a complete explanation and reasoning behind it, through it and then working towards correcting it. With disciplined training - we can all edge towards riding and looking as it we're sitting elegantly, not doing a lot! -- Wendy Parsons * Essex Rider *

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