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"This is a School journal; this means, practically all of its articles are the official educational manual of Nevzorov Haute Ecole. According to tradition, everything that is directly related to Haute Ecole – the High School of horsemanship – is called School.
Times have changed. Today the methods of the old School appear as absurdity, stupidity and primitive barbarity. Nowadays mastery in the direct meaning of the word is work with a horse without any tools of control. Nevzorov Haute Ecole doesn’t tolerate any punishments, bridles, halters and other paralyzers of the horse’s head, which destroy the horse’s natural balance and whose action is based on causing pain and fear in the horse.
Nevzorov Haute Ecole – the School - regards the horse as an exact science, and as such it is still the School with its everlasting aspiration for development and perfection. In order to understand a horse as an “exact science” one needs in-depth knowledge in history, anatomy, physiology, veterinary, management, and biomechanics."
Editor-in-Chief Lydia Nevzorova
Tractate on a School mount. Part 1. A man on the back.
Alexander Nevzorov introduces the Tractate, which is one of the official manuals of Nevzorov Haute Ecole School, to readers.
"The School mount of a rider, which is the topic of our conversation, is developed from an exact knowledge of a horses' feelings about a man being on its back, and from a desire to minimize the harm and discomfort that a rider always brings to the horse.
I'll explain now that presence of a man on the horse's back never gives a horse any pleasant feelings. Without any regard to whom that human is. It makes no difference. It may be a refined riding master of the Royal Riding School of Vienna, who has been polishing his mount for 30 years, a thoughtless person who rents a horse, a show-jump rider who finds a special pleasure in torturing a horse, or a conscientious Natural Horsemanship student who consciously doesn't want to "abuse a horse". I reiterate that this doesn't matter. The physiological feelings stemming from the myological system of the horse's back, dermis and epidermis, are nearly all the same. It sounds paradoxical, but I will further clarify and explain this postulate.
The way to calculate a horse's feelings is quite simple. In all cases the same laws of physiology apply, according to which the soft tissues of the back, main skeletal and subdermal muscles - undergo compression and this always causes physiologically-based negative feelings or sensations, from discomfort to pain.
Feeling pleasure from discomfort or pain isn't an attribute of any living being. If riding on horseback gave the rider all the painful feelings that the rider brings to the horse, I can tell you that horseback riding as a historical entity wouldn't exist. Man would just anathematize the horse.
Any talk about "love" that a horse has for being ridden, "trail rides", or "pleasure riding", or in general, to the presence of a man on its back, is a very funny dilettantism"
"Statements like "horses love equestrian sport" sound even funnier, or the thought that the horse is "happy" under the rider. In order to prove such statements a whole set of complicated experiments would be needed to show that some horses must be masochists, which means they gain pleasure from physiological discomfort or pain.
Such experiments haven't been conducted; there are no scientific proofs that a horse with a masochistic mind exists.
The concept that a person sitting on a horse's back brings with it some kind of "pleasure" is a dense misunderstanding of the main principles of a horse's myology and physiology and all the principles of elementary physiology of mammals in general. It is an absolute and PRINCIPAL ignorance of the horse.
If you put any man on a horse without a saddle, you will always get approximately the same seat. It can vary a bit due to some anatomical peculiarities of the individual man or horse, but its principle will stay the same. It will be a very deep seat with absolutely relaxed leg, with the toes pulled down and out a bit with fixed thighs.
This seat will appear without any effort on the person's part. The back of the horse itself, its form, the construction of the whole horse, will distribute a man's body exactly like this, no other way.
This will be the most natural seat. This will be the rider's position on a horse, which is naturally dictated by the features of the horse's body, a man's body and the necessity of a man to sit in comfortable balance on the horse."
"Surprisingly, if we look at old engravings in the works of Pluvinel, Gaspar Sonie, Dupatie du Clamme, closely enough we'll see an illustration of this seat.
Can you recognize it? This is the very "School seat" by its classical description. This is how a "school seat" was pictured in folios of the XVII-XVIII centuries, in the works of School masters. Although the riders in old engravings sit on saddles, they sit as if there are no saddles and they just take the natural position, which is taken by a man on a horse's bare back."
Crushing out. Anatomy of a hippodrome.
The article of Sophya Spartanceva is a valuable hippological material, because it is accompanied by unique relentless documentary photographs, taken by the author on one of the central European hippodromes.
"This can (and must) happen because of the enormous overloading of the horse's organism due to the speed and panic, and also because of a tiny stumble. It is (in this particular case) the tearing of the hind limb, in the jockeys' slang, "crushing out"".
"This article can be considered valuable equine scientific material, because it has unique documenting photographs. Of course, these photos are ruthless but the racecourse reality, which tortures and kills thousands of horses, hypocritically smiling and shaking with prize cups and rugs, is even more ruthless."
"Europe. Standard racecourse. The presentation of the summer horseracing season. Of course, all of these horses are very young. Of course, they’re panicking. Their death has already started for them. Loving horse owners, following the strict and accepted horseracing practice, tie down the horses’ tongues to the lower jaw with pieces of stockings or nylon ropes. (With this idiotic practice they prevent the horse from any chance of using tongue movement to resist the painful and paralyzing action of the bit and other specific kinds of iron.)""
Equestrian sport: secrets of "art". Part 1. Neurocranialis shock.
In this article, that has an official Nevzorov Haute Ecole manual status, Alexander Nevzorov scientifically proves the purpose of the primitive painful sleights that are the basis of the so-called equestrian sport; pays attention to the consistency of horse tortures; shows that pulling the mouth open, conscious sudden impact on teeth, soft issues of the mouth, on the whole nervous system of the head is not an abuse of a single sportsman or a "caught moment".
"Are there any special tricks or basic methods that work which have been developed and thoroughly tested? Does their "correct" application guarantee the success in ES business? Such a set of methods does exist. ES success lies ONLY in mastering these methods, their constant improvement, and in extremely ruthless application of them".
Photos and descriptions of the bits dated from the III-V centuries BC.
"Here we introduce to you a list of rare and ancient things which were not known to hippological history or were completely forgotten. In this cartularium there will be forgotten things and texts, which are vital for attainment of Equine History." "Greek Bit with icheni III–V centuries B.C. Bronze with a sophisticated combination of metals, some distinct iron stains can be seen all over the bit. The patina is of very light colour without “malachite”. The mouthpiece is adorned with 32 raised studs and palate-cutting discs, which were characteristic of the ancient world. Unfortunately, this appliance was widely used in the time of Xenophon."
Colloquium. Nevzorov Haute Ecole: the highest and most unique.
"Though we would achieve the formal mutual understanding much simpler, we choose another way. Not for its difficulty or its oneness, we just can't do it otherwise. When it becomes better not to do it at all than to do it in another way, everything will come. Sooner or later". Alexander Nevzorov speaks about himself, his family, his School, students and horses - in the interview by Maria Sotnikova.
"Alexander Nevzorov's "The Horse Encyclopedia", is a film and a book about the horse's main secrets, surprising generosity, intellect, its possibility to love and be a friend and also its main unhappiness - its closeness to mankind. Since being published in 2003, "The Horse Encyclopedia" has amazed and changed the world - after 30 centuries of lies, foolishness and cruelty."
"After several hours of video and a more than 400 page book, Alexander's work was found to be a shattering bomb. "The Horse Encyclopedia" was not only a truthful story about so called "trust" between horses and people, "trust" which in fact is ignorance, incomprehension and man's sadism and a horse's pain. It was a sincere demonstration of another way. A mysterious, magical, and honest way for horse and his man. This way was found by man, who was blamed for cruelty and immorality too often, who was associated in his nationals mind with perestroika, black PR, political rowdiness, wars in Chechnya and so and so on. But not with an academic, rigorous system of horse education, full of love and patience. The world was cut into two parts."