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Two Brains, One Aim :: A Riding Coach’s Key Concepts for Bringing Horse and Rider Together (and Ending in Success!)

By Eric Smiley with Ellie Hughes

Riding well can be a puzzle. This book puts together the pieces, including:

  • How humans and horses learn.

  • Striving for partnership vs. dictatorship.

  • Early training and developing skills.

  • Demystifying equestrian-speak.

  • Dressage outside the arena.

  • Ground poles for the rest of us.

  • Jumping and cross-country tips.

  • Solving problems, wherever you ride.

  • Competition psychology.

  • Being coached and being a coach.


This book is aimed at riders, coaches, and anyone interested in learning more about how humans and horses interact. I have tried to harness my own experiences when I cover the three main disciplines—dressage, show jumping, and eventing—and how they relate to one another. I look at how those in a coaching position can guide riders to perform better by making their lives less complicated and more fulfilling, and I examine how riders can apply the same principles to training their horses and become self-sufficient.” —Eric Smiley

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