Rider & Horse Back to Back: Establishing a Mobile, Stable Core in the Saddle is geared at achieving a healthier experience for both rider and horse. The book focuses on the back and its importance in riding techniques. It explains how a rider’s back—in constant motion when seated on a horse—becomes one of the main channels of communication between horse and rider. There are plenty of anatomical lessons and exercises, and it also teaches riders how to build stability by positioning their backs in the center of the horse. Rider & Horse Back to Back explains how to improve mobility and control of the back in motion and includes detailed training plans showing how to achieve a more effective and attractive riding position while deepening the connection between horse and rider.
As an advanced rider and riding instructor, I really enjoyed the book and the information. Rider & Horse Back to Back has information that will benefit every level of rider, but the tone of the book seemed to be geared toward a more experienced rider. That being said, all levels of riders will find things that will help their riding and their partnership with their horses.
Rider & Horse Back to Back will help riders learn skills that will reduce pain and increase core stability for both the rider and the horse. This alone will improve people’s experiences riding and may help them be more competitive if they choose to go that route.
The book recommends working on exercises like biking, swimming, and gymnastics to help riders become more fit, and that in turn helps their horses perform to a higher level.
Rider & Horse Back to Back is highly recommended for all levels of riders and their instructors too.