Dr. Gerd Heuschmann burst onto the international equestrian scene with his startling expose Tug of War, in which he demonstrated with words and photographs the disturbing effects of the (then) popular “Rollkur” or “hyperflexion” technique in training dressage horses. In his long-awaited follow-up book, Dr. Heuschmann explores what it means to be a “responsible rider,” and asks whether, in today’s society, it is indeed possible for riders in any horse sport to put the good of the horse first and foremost—most pointedly above ambition and fame.
With fabulous art to help show the anatomy of the horse and how it is impacted by various riding techniques, as well as further proof that—although some steps have been taken to prevent the use of forceful and cruel techniques in the training of top horses—many sport horses still perform in pain and discomfort, this book is sure to follow in its bestselling predecessor’s footsteps. Dr. Heuschmann’s arguments are based in his experience as a veterinarian and his knowledge of the working equine’s body, and are certain to ring true with every serious rider who also claims to be an avid horse lover.
TheHorseStudio.com Copyrighted Review:-
Gerd Heuschmann is passionate about his regard for putting the horse first and this book shows some excellent research with great photos to educate every rider. "A physical solution is no solution," he says and I agree. There are lots of super detailed real work advice for the horse trainer here with excellent equine bio-mechanical diagrams and keenly explored and explained Dr. Gerd Heuschmann. Whether you are working with a horse with a stiff poll, learning how a horse actually chews and how this affects his work and frame, want to learn the correct use of the back of the horse and how to achieve it or pretty much any other issue that relates to riding and training of the horse that we have all seen and experienced, this book is full of answers. It is a shame that some of the photos have had the riders face blurred, and personally I would have simply cropped the top of the photo to remove the likeness. But the photos do detail the story. As a Grand Prix rider/trainer with some experience, there was plenty here for me to digest and learn and I thoroughly enjoyed this follow up book to Tug of War and the DVD If Horses Could Speak. I wish every rider would take the time to read it. It is truly a remarkable look at what we do to our horses and how we can be more responsible in our training with actually, ultimately, a sounder horse and probably a higher score.
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DR. GERD HEUSCHMANN trained as a Bereiter (master rider) in Germany before qualifying for veterinary study at Munich University. There he specialized in equine orthopedics 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. He has been an active member of the “hyperflexion” (previously referred to as Rollkur) debate, weighing in at the 2005 USDF National Symposium and the 2006 FEI Veterinary and Dressage Committees’ Workshop. His book Tug of War and his DVD If Horses Could Speak are international bestsellers.
Illustrations: 150 color photos & drawings
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