Dr. Gerd Heuschmann is a founding member of Xenophon, an organization dedicated to fighting against serious mistakes in equestrian sport.
Collection or Contortion: The Anatomy and Biomechanics of Positioning and Bending by Gerd Heuschman DVM
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The well-known veterinarian, trainer and author of bestsellers "Tug of War" and "Balancing Act," Dr. Gerd Heuschmann, in his new work, devotes himself to a topic that is so important in the training of horses and riders and shows why there can be no true collection without correct positioning and bending. The only way to go from a horse in horizontal balance to a gathered (collected) horse is through the path of correct bending. The anatomical and bio-mechanical background of this important training component is explained here for the first time, and takes into account the horse's anatomy and the science of movement.
The necessity of riding in a specific and correct way, and the corresponding development have been known since the 19th century, however, the reasons "WHY we must use this method" has not been explained in depth, until now.
This work includes the following topics:
Why halt a horse, why bend it?
Position and bending in classical equestrian literature
The horse's natural crookedness
The correct positioning of the horse - another requirement for correct bending
The biomechanics of position and bending
A must have for every trainer and rider!
Though previously known as "Collection or Contortion," Xenophon Press, with this new edition, returns to the original German concept conceived by the author.
Dr. Gerd Heuschmann trained as a Bereiter (master rider) in Germany before attending veterinary school 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 (Rollkur) debate, weighing in at numerous symposiums and workshops around the world, as well as writing the bestselling books Tug of War, Balancing Act and creating the DVD If Horses Could Speak.
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 against serious mistakes in equestrian sport.