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Balancing Act: The Horse in Sport by Dr. Gerd Heuschmann
Xenophon Press

Balancing Act: The Horse in Sport by Dr. Gerd Heuschmann

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Balancing Act: The Horse in Sport - An Irreconcilable Conflict? by Dr.Gerd Heuschmann

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.

  1. GERD HEUSCHMANNtrained 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. 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 (

Author: Dr.Gerd Heuschmann
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Illustrations: 150 color photos & drawingsISBN13:: 978-1-908809-03-2

  • PAGES: 256
  • Item #: 208




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