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Balancing Act

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."
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Gerd Heuschmann trained as a Bereiter (master rider) in Germany and is a veterinarian with a research interest in the training of horses in equestrian sports. He is the author of "Tug of War: Classical Versus Modern Dressage" and a coauthor of "Classical Schooling with the Horse in Mind."


"In this new book, [Dr. Gerd Heuschmann] explores what it means to be a responsible rider and provides a detailed horse-friendly training method. The 23 chapters are handsomely illustrated with 150 color photos and anatomical instructions." --"Lone Star Horse Report" "The gist of this dense read is that good old-fashioned horsemen have died out, to be replaced by riders who go for maximum wow factor with minimal consideration for horse welfare. Most horses' problems stem from rider error and ignorance, but Heuschmann argues that modern (incorrect) methods are encouraged by today's competition guidelines and young horse licensing requirements." --"Horse and Hound" "Using photographs and anatomical illustrations, Heuschmann explains the classical training ideals, how modern judging (not only in dressage) has deviated from these ideals, and how they may be brought together once again." --"USDF Connection" "Through his education and experience, much that Heuschmann has to offer is a fresh or more acute angle on old knowledge. His training principles are biomechanically based and supported .... Myriad quotes from classical masters lend credence to his views." --Mary Daniels, "Dressage Today"

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