Tug of War Classical Versus Modern Dressage - Why Classical Training Works and How Incorrect Modern Riding Negatively Affects Horses' Health

ISBN-10: 1570763755

ISBN-13: 9781570763755

Edition: 2007

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Describing the basic anatomy and physiology of the horse, this book by an experienced veterinarian identifies widely-used incorrect training methods--especially in dressage--that can undermine a horse's health and well-being. Starting with the question "Who is responsible for this? "the book looks at breeders, breed associations, instructors, judges, riders, spectators, and the governing bodies of horse sports. The hyperflexion issue, the discussion shows, is that training affects horses both for good and for ill, and riders should reject any methods that cause pain or fail to respect the mental habits and physiological needs of their animals.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books
Publication date: 9/1/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 143
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Dr Gerd Heuschmann is a veterinarian with a research interest in the training of horses in equestrian sports.

About the Author
Who's Responsible for Today's Training Problems?
Instructors and Trainers
Riding According to Classical Principles: What Does It Mean?
Basic Equine Anatomy
The Horse, the "Unknown" Creature
"The Head Must Be Down!"
The Skeleton
The "Upper Contraction System"
The Nuchal Ligament
The Supraspinous Ligament
The Muscles
The Long Back Muscle
The "Lower Contraction System"
The Neck Muscles
The Muscles of the Croup and Hind Limbs
Functional Connections-and Their Importance in Correct Training
Passive Ligament System of the Trunk and the Cervical Spine
The Effect of This Posture on the Spine
Stretching Forward and Downward
Why Is It So Important to Have a Loose Back with Supple Muscles?
The Horse's Basic Gaits
The Head-Neck Axis
Relative Elevation: A "Carried" Back
Absolute Elevation: A "Hollow" Back
Hyperflexion aka Rollkur: An "Overstretched" Back
A "Broken" Neckline
Correct Physiological Training
The Young Horse
Lateral Movements
Using Draw Reins
Ride Outdoors!
Developing "Pushing Power" and Collection
Anatomical Preconditions of the Horse
Correct Collection-Is it Still in Demand?
Training from a Veterinary Point of View
Treatment and Correction
Closing Words
The Great Importance of Looseness
The Nine Ethical Principles of the True Horseman
Bibliography and Recommended Reading
Photo Credits
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