The New Anatomy of Rider Connection
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Tom says, “Mary Wanless, author of Riding With Your Mind and long a fan of the Anatomy Trains, has accomplished a great feat – putting the Anatomy Trains of the equestrian together with the Anatomy Trains on the horse itself. Mary has extensive experience training every kind of rider from the hopeless (that’s me) to the Olympic champion. I was very pleased to collaborate with her on getting the lines right (and to all the horse anatomists who contributed to getting the horse lines right, which largely but not wholly correspond to ours).
To see Mary work with the rider-horse whole is to see the subtle but exacting dance between horse and rider – so many of the horse’s supposed ‘problems’ are really faults in the rider which, once corrected, miraculously ‘cure’ the horse of those miscues.
Developing, maintaining, and deepening an awareness of the myofascial lines in both the horse and rider will pay dividends to the rider herself, but also to the riding trainer and bodyworkers who work with horses. This book is recommended to all three groups – riders, trainers, and animal therapists.”
Modern rider biomechanics begins by explaining fascia – the “Cinderella” of body tissues. Until recently, fascia was ignored by science, consigned to its apparent role as the body’s “packing material.” However, research now shows that, in reality, this biological fabric is what links muscles into functional chains. In this eye-opening book, rider bio-mechanics pioneer Mary Wanless explores the characteristics of the body’s fascia and why understanding how it works not only improves a rider’s balance and coordination, but also enhances “feel,” since fascia contains many more sensory nerves than muscles. These register the forces that pull on an area, and thus a “fascial net” under tension creates a wellspring of strength and sensation. By learning to access and rebalance your own fascial net, your stability, skill, and feel will be significantly improved, helping you become a quieter, more effective rider while simultaneously addressing the same imbalances in your horse.