I’ve spent a quiet afternoon browsing through Sally Swift’s Centered Riding. I would love to be able to take CR lessons. I had the opportunity four years ago to semi-audit and sit in on one of Becky Hart’s clinics, and some of the things I picked up from that experience are still with me today. She’s a CR-certified instructor and uses those principles to apply specifically to endurance riders.
I’d love to further expand on the few bits I gleaned from that clinic.
Unfortunately, the nearest CR instructor in AZ is in Cave Creek. That’s an hour and a half from the barn, minimum. Not. Going. To. Happen. Not even once a month, for as much good as a once a month lesson would do.
The only way this could possibly happen is if I find a place to keep the horses that’s close to home. Because then, the drive would more likely be 40-45 minutes. My ideal would probably be a lesson every two weeks.
But for now, best I can do is read the CR book, absorb what I can, and work through the principles on my own. Maybe I can get my father to pitch in with some photography and videoing so that I can then go back and review. it’s not an ideal world, but I will do my best to work with what I’ve got.