Tug of War: Classical Versus "Modern" Dressage: Classical Versus "Modern" Dressage Hardcover – 31 Oct 2007
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'I strongly recommend this book for all. So much so that it will be added to the recommended reading list for BHS examination students'
-- BHS Chairman Patrick Print FBHS, British Horse Magazine, January 2008
'Should be given as compulsory reading to ALL judges, trainers, riders and breeders . . . Absolutely worth it, for the sake of our horses'
-- Classical Riding Club Magazine, Autumn 2007
German rider and veterinary surgeon Dr Gerd Heuschmann is known for his plain speaking regarding what he deems the incorrect and damaging training methods commonly employed by riders and trainers involved in dressage competition today. Here, he presents an intelligent and thought-provoking exploration of both classical and 'modern' training methods against a practical backdrop of the horse's basic anatomy and physiology.He then outlines his ideal 'physiological education' of the horse: one where training and riding mirror the mental and physical development of the horse, fulfilling 'classical' requirements - such as regularity of the three basic gaits, suppleness, and acceptance of the bit - rather than disregarding time-tested values for quick fixes that could lead to the degradation of the horse's well-being. Dr Heuschmann's assertion that the true objectives of dressage schooling must never be eclipsed by simple 'mechanical perfection' is certain to inspire riders at all levels to examine their riding, their riding goals, and the techniques they employ while pursuing them.See all Product description
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If Im training a horse that at any point results in tension,my job is to correct & resolve this,not to carry on regardless because "it looks pretty!" Sadly many of our "top" dressage horses are subject to what can only be described as contortions,not classical or "true" in their movements,which are causing all kinds of "headaches" to the poor horse,who,lets face it,does not understand why hes not allowed to move effectively,use his neck as intended,or relax through his back. This book puts the science behind the facts,and is a great illustrative guide to even the "lay person" as to what to look for in terms of "correct,classical" movements resulting in a beautiful symphony between horse & rider,and those methods that result in an awful picture of brutality & exploitation of such a giving animal.
Please for the sake of horses everywhere,buy this book & spread the word,many many animals will thank you for it!