Author(s): Karen Blignault
Karin Blignault has combined theory and experimentation to develop a system of training (and teaching) that is straightforward, fast and brings real results. The methods described in this book teach riders to achieve rhythm, balance, suppleness and the round flexor frame in their horses - and quickly. Most riding books, including those by classical masters, focus on 'what to do' rather than 'how to do'. This book is different. For example, Karin explains how you can apply your body in riding, rather than focusing primarily on your body position, and thus your riding position automatically becomes correct. She believes that riders should learn to control the whole horse as soon as possible and uses four exercises to teach riders control of the horse's head, his shoulders, his ribcage and his hindquarters. The results are immediate. These exercises are the building blocks of the shoulder-in and the half halt, which are the cornerstones of balanced riding. They are used to improve every movement in dressage and jumping.
Four Steps to Riding Success is the last of Karin Blignault's trilogy on training horses and riders. Successful Schooling teaches the rider how to train the horse, Equine Biomechanics for Riders explains how the horse's body works, which knowledge enables us to school him logically and Four Steps to Riding Success teaches feel and the body use needed for clear communication with the horse. She lives in Cape Town and is in great as a trainer at home and abroad.