Centered Riding
Method Sally Swift - Intensive Courses

The centered riding is a focused method of mounting a horse which is based on the concept of having a rider seated in the most effective position."

"Riding through the basic senses of the body to improve the effectiveness of the rider."

The basic components of the system are centered riding "soft eyes", breathing, balance or building blocks and centralization..

The Four Basics of Centered Riding are:

  • "Soft Eyes"

    Encourage visual and physical awareness, better peripheral vision, and improved “feel".

  • "Breathing"

    Using the diaphragm and breathing correctly for better posture, relaxation, and energy.

  • "Balance or Building Blocks"

    Aligns the riders body for improved balance, straightness, and ease of movement.

  • "Centering"

    Using the center of balance, movement and control, located deep in the body, gives quiet strength, harmony and power, as in the oriental martial arts.

Source: Centered Riding Inc

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Alentejo Horse Riding by Natasha
Monte de Barbanxa - São Luís - Odemira
Alentejo - Portugal

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The Sally Swift method increases confidence, self esteem and security.

To achieve the best results we recommend conducting two intensive periods per year, lasting 4-6 days.


  • Quiet, tamed and accustomed to all sorts of people horses;
  • Horses with many years of experience and work;
  • Compulsory helmet use (we have to borrow);;
  • Maximum weight: 90kg;
  • We have insurance;
  • All lessons must be booked in advance

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