Fascia is the connecting fabric of the body, stringing muscles together like sausage skins string sausages. It forms long chains that become ‘guy ropes’ for the spine and other bones. We are only stable and in balance when these chains have equal tension and are taut. Just think: would you stabilise a tent pole by lengthening the tighter guy ropes? No! This would make the whole structure collapse! You would have to tighten the long lose ones, because only tight guy ropes transmit force. Many practical exercises along with copious illustrations teach the reader how to tighten and rebalance her guy ropes, enabling her to match (and potentially redirect) the forces of the horse’s movement. It’s important to breathe – but you can forget about relaxing!
Learn how taught guy ropes increase your feel and magnify your ability to influence the equivalent guy ropes in your horse! ‘Rider Biomechanics’ draws on the seminal work of Thomas W. Myers and his ‘Anatomy Trains’ schema, and also on veterinary research into the fascial chains in the horse.