Dr. Gerd Heuschmann trained 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" (www.xenophon-classical-riding.org).
"An excellent book not only for those involved with dressage, but for the hunter/jumper/combined training disciplines as well." --Today's Equestrian"I strongly recommend this book for all. This book is a must for anyone with any pretentions to riding." --British Horse"Should be given as compulsory reading to all judges, trainers, riders--both competitve and weekend--and breeders." --Nathalie Todd, member, The Classical Riding Club"Packed with provocative, inspiring information. Read this remarkable book." --The Aiken Horse"This is a very important book for riders because Heuschmann addresses the current tendency to derail classical dressage riding." --USDF Connection