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"