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  1. #1
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    Default Sally Swift, 95, died today

    Sally Swift, who wrote the huge best selling riding book Centered Riding, died today at the Brattleboro, Vt Hospital, at age 95.

    Sally was the epitome of positive, upbeat energy, and was a great friend to hundreds of us who ride and deal with horses.



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    RIP Sally and I hope you are riding away and will meet up with all of your horses who went before you.
    What a great horse person Sally was. I loved her books on Centered Riding, and all her videos.
    She will be missed.



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    Godspeed, Ms. Swift. You gave so much to the sport! I'll forever remember to 'grow like a tree' and ride corners like a barber's pole.
    "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right." -Henry Ford



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    Godspeed. Her imaginative and descriptive ways of explaining things helped many a rider.


    \"For all those men who say, \"Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free,\" here\'s an update for you: Nowadays 80% of women are against marriage. Why? Because women realize it\'s not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage.\"-



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    What a loss for the horse world

    I always loved her books, and rather more frequently than I'd like to admit, I call to mind several of the images from them in an attempt to improve my riding.

    She was a treasure, for sure.

    My condolences to her family and friends...
    "smile a lot can let us ride happy,it is good thing"

    My CANTER blog.



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    Unhappy

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    Centered Riding is a fantastic book, and I've gotten so may good tips from it. RIP, Sally.
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    Wow she lived to be old!

    I love Centered Riding.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiramit View Post
    Godspeed, Ms. Swift. You gave so much to the sport! I'll forever remember to 'grow like a tree' and ride corners like a barber's pole.
    The two images I always think of are the rider all "tied up in knots" and this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:50...rit-esmall.jpg

    "smile a lot can let us ride happy,it is good thing"

    My CANTER blog.



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    I taught a 'soft eyes' lesson today... RIP to one of the all time greats.
    "Lighten up, Francis." -Stripes



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    I am sorry to hear that!

    RIP Sally



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    Fabulous book. I had no idea she had lived such a long life- happy trails beyond Ms. Swift!



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    RIP . I learnt under a centered riding instructor for a while and really enjoyed all the imagery-she lived a great life..



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    she lived a good life
    Nothing says "I love you" like a tractor. (Clydejumper)

    The reports states, “Elizabeth reported that she accidently put down this pony, ........, at the show.”



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    A great teacher and a great thinker about riding. I am always re-reading bits of her book.

    I also have a comical t-shirt. There's a thelwell pony, with a rider hanging off the side, as the saddle has slipped... the caption is "Uncentered Riding". It always gets a laugh....

    http://www.touchedbyahorse.com/zen-c...3aeac7a828327f
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    I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09




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    I am so sorry to hear that. I, too have greatly benefited from Centered Riding. Godspeed Sally.
    I saw the angel in the marble and I set him free. - Michaelangelo



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    Can't tell you how much her book helped me....still use her images. She will be missed!
    Gallop on, Miss Sally!



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    Godspeed, Sally Swift. She gave so much to the equestrian community.



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    Godspeed Sally! What a gentle voice of reason. She will be missed...
    Foxwin Farm
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    and other fine Morgan Sporthorses



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    I never got the soft eyes thing but Godpseed to you Sally! You were one of a kind!
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    RIP Barbaro, you were my hero!



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    She was one of the greats, truly. Her first "Centered Riding" book helped me immeasurably in my riding. Her images were--and are--so clear and useful.

    I only wish I could have met her. God bless her.

    Kim
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