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.
About the Author
- 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
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.
'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