Classical Schooling with the Horse in Mind: Gentle Gymnastic Training Techniques (Hardcover)

Classical Schooling with the Horse in Mind: Gentle Gymnastic Training Techniques By Anja Beran, Gerd Heuschmann (Notes by) Cover Image

Classical Schooling with the Horse in Mind: Gentle Gymnastic Training Techniques (Hardcover)

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With the training of the horse in the classical artistic form first taught by Xenophon over 2,500 years ago at its heart, this honest examination of horsemanship--past, present, and future--stands alone today in its power of consciousness-raising. Anja Beran's gentle, but insistent, demand that every rider and trainer, beginner or expert, turn a critical eye toward his or her own methods urges readers to never forego their principle responsibilities in terms of their horse's development and welfare. Meticulous, conscientious attention to the physical evolution of the horse during training and patient, correct progression through levels of learning should always trump ribbons, prize money, and fame. Within these pages Beran provides readers a twenty-first-century classical riding how-to guide. The beginning of the book is devoted to developing the rider's mind, physical condition, seat on the horse, and instruction. Then readers learn how to choose a horse and manage him properly. Finally, Beran explains the complete training of the horse in the classical ideal. Throughout, gorgeous color photographs demonstrate movements and lessons on horses at various stages of schooling. In addition, a final chapter on basic equine anatomy by the renowned German veterinarian Dr. Gerd Heuschmann, author of the groundbreaking book Tug of War: Classical versus Modern Dressage affirms Beran's methods with science. Whether a novice rider with limited experience, or an expert equestrian; whether training a green youngster or polishing an advanced competitor, this lovely, thoughtful book provides the ultimate modern reference in classical training technique.
Anja Beran is a professional horsewoman trained in the Iberian riding style. She owns and operates Gut Rosenhof, a training school in Germany. She is also the author of The Dressage Seat. Dr. Gerd Heuschmann is a veterinarian with a research interest in the training of horses in equestrian sports. His books include Tug of War: Classical versus Modern Dressage, Balancing Act, and Collection or Contortion.
Product Details ISBN: 9781570763748
ISBN-10: 1570763747
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books
Publication Date: October 28th, 2007
Pages: 192
Language: English

"For a long time now there has been a requirement for such a bookunreservedly dedicated to the well-being of the horse, despite training to the very highest level. It should become standard reading for every dedicated horse lover."  Klaus Balkenhol, Olympic gold medalist and coach to the U.S. dressage team

"Beran provides readers a twenty-first-century classical riding how-to guide. Throughout, gorgeous color photographs demonstrate movements and lessons on horses at various stages of schooling."  Equine Journal



"You'll get some great advice on training your horse in a sensitive and time-tested way. Beran effectively brings classical principles into the 21st century."  Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar