From: Amanda Doucet
Dear Jessica, After reading your definition of Holistic Horsemanship, which sounds like an essential and wonderful approach to horsemanship, I realized that I'm not sure that I know what a classical seat is. Could you please explain exactly what it is and how to make sure it has been obtained? Thank you for horse-sense and for all the help you give. It has become invaluable to me and my fellas. (Shine and Linx)
Thanks again, Amanda Doucet
There are many books out that explain the ins and outs of classical riding, but two books are absolutely brilliant and stand out above the rest: these would be the ones you would want with you on that hypothetical desert island.... ;-)
Probably the single most useful item you can acquire right now is a copy of THE CLASSICAL SEAT by Sylvia Loch. This small paperback book is packed with good information, and it's clear, correct, logical, effective, and easy to understand -- much like the classical seat itself. ;-)
If you find yourself fascinated, as I expect you will, look for Sylvia's new book THE CLASSICAL RIDER. This one is a large hardback, and it, too, will be a book that you keep next to your bed and dip into whenever you have a spare moment.
Get these books and study them, discuss them with your instructor, put the principles into practice, and believe that you can acquire a classical seat -- YOU CAN, and you and your horse will both be the better for it. ;-)
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