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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
About the Author
DR GERD HEUSCHMANN trained as a Bereiter (master rider) in Germany before qualifying for veterinary study at Munich University. There he specialized in equine orthopaedics for two years before accepting a post as the head of the breeding department at the German FN, which he eventually left to start his own practice in Warendorf. Along with Klaus Balkenhol and other prominent figures in the dressage community, Dr Heuschmann is a founding member of 'Xenophon', an organization dedicated to 'fighting hard against serious mistakes in equestrian sport' (www.xenophon-classical-riding.org).
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On the cover it states that it is 'written for the good of the horse' and I believe it is.
It belongs in the home of every, owner, trainer, groom, instructor, etc
The author covers his subject in detail (but not too much). I found that while was reading the text I had to refer back to some of the sections on anatomy but don't be put off by that - if you ride you need to know! The author's point of view is compelling and the information you gain from reading this book makes your toes curl just thinking about the last last riding club dressage competition you were involved with (let alone the higher level competitions). What are our dressage judges doing rewarding this awful riding and training?
As a novice I had an instructor whose mantra was "the head must be in". It felt instinctively wrong to me then - unkind to the horse and impossibly uncomfortable for me. Kicked instructor into touch. I still have the same horse but have a kind, knowledgeable teacher. Horse is supple and happy but no Totilas. If you love your horse: read this book, assess your training and trainer, ditch if necessary.