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It is extremely funny to watch the way equestrian world moves and develops. It strains under its own unsustainable codes of practice. It has been harsh for the equestrian community to learn that all the 'progress' and changes made are equally fatal for it. Even the attempts of the most humble and harmless reforms all lead somehow to failure within their competitive world. There's nothing surprising. That world is a dead and false one...a very fragile one it seems. It is enough that someone raises some doubt, questions something such as rollkur for instance, and the result is an enormous schism between the ones who see the truth, and those who refuse to see at all.
At first sight, a sportswoman is still victoriously grinning, shaking her latest-won medal presented for her talent in expertly and subtly torturing her horse. However, no one here can applaud. In almost completely breathless, perplexed silence she is shaking this medal, which now is evoking not admiration, but bitter and difficult questions for the sport and its methods.
In looking at the overall picture, perhaps equestrian sport isn't yet close to its very end, but it is steadily moving right in that direction.
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It is said that when the Persian satrap Hydarnes came to King Leonidas of Sparta to hold parley after the first day of the Battle of Thermopylae, he looked around the pass, strewn with the bodies of the Persians and through clenched teeth said: "My king Xerxes is delighted with your fortitude and dexterity in fighting." Leonidas answered, "Tell your King, that tomorrow we'll deserve yet more delight."
Editor-in-Chief Lydia Nevzorova
Review of the latest news of the School and the whole horse world.
Tractate on a School mount. Part 2. The blue back.
"The fact, which is delicately not announced by the School - which doesn't want to pile on the pressure -, is clearly described by the veterinary sports textbooks. What I refer to is strong necrosis of skeletal muscles". Alexander Nevzorov continues introducing the Tractate, which is one of the official manuals of Nevzorov Haute Ecole School, to readers.
The School mount is not only the exact knowing of allowable.
It is also an exact understanding of impermissible.
Chevalier de Nestier
Actually, it isn't "blue"; the colour is closer to "turquoise". However, out of consideration for the international thermographic term "Venet Dorsum" we may continue calling it "blue" Only the "blue back" can serve as a real and definitive sign that a horse has no discomfort, pain or soreness, whether it be new, chronic, local or global. The "blue back" is an absolute ideal and should be considered an absolute norm.
Only the presence of the "blue back" can offer us this assurance.
Only when there is "Venet Dorsum" can the weight of the rider, or any pressures (the saddle and the rider) not be considered a torture to the horse......
...The equestrian sport practice uses "the traumatic calm" of a horse, however strange it may sound.
Brazenfaced, Salomon de la Brove wrote honestly about it. A couple of century's later, Prussian and German theorists of cavalry repeat after de la Brove, "Only after something hurts the horse - he becomes truly obedient". In fact, usually only serious inner injuries and pathologies give complete power to a rider.
The nature of every trauma and of every pathology is that its chronic, smoldering state is less painful than the outbreak of pain that is unavoidable while opposing the rider.
Only when the pain itself becomes excessive and reaches a lasting apogee in the so-called work, does the horse decide to commit mutiny, physiologically realizing that the highest point of pain has already been reached, and although there is little hope to escape the creature who is torturing
him, hope exists and it is worth chancing...
...Important condition of the School mount is MAGNITUDO, which means the power of the horse who is correctly prepared for the rider's weight with the help of special exercises. MAGNITUDO has a natural enemy, a mortal and pitiless one... it is so-called "training".
Training is a system that cripples the horse while preparing it for competitions.
All ratios of the so-called training of all the disciplines of the equestrian sport and other ignorant forms of horse usage, sadly, are created in such a way that the horse has no chance.
Forcibly training for long periods will produce movements contradicting the horse's natural biomechanics. Training breaks and hurts his mycological system, destroys joints and destroys his mental state.
What is "training" and what's the difference between training and the School term "MAGNITUDO".
MAGNITUDO is a very honorable desire to give a horse the full value of his myological condition, to exercise him, to develop his muscles just how they were designed by nature to work.
Training is an aspiration to adapt the horses' myology to the sport standards, which is based on the painful distortion of natural biomechanics and mind.
"Every single horse is exactly as special as Thunder is, if given a chance. Every horse can dazzle you with his brilliance - if he is educated, stimulated, and respected. It is that simple". NHE Official Representative in Canada, Dean of School, Cloé Lacroix speaks about her way in the horse world.
Equestrian sport: secrets of "art". Part 2. Dressage: let's dot the i's and cross the t's.
"It is the dissection that opens all the "secrets" of equestrian sport. That's why I'm saying: "Let us ask the carcasses of horses killed by dressage. They have nothing to hide but have something to say." In this article, Alexander Nevzorov doesn't give dressage defenders a chance to clear it of a charge.
...About 85% of the polled sportsmen candidly acknowledge that if equestrian sport was forbidden or eliminated in some other way, horses would become absolutely uninteresting for them...
Moreover, they debate in all seriousness the horse's right to exist in the case of prohibition of equestrian sport...
...The dilettante, who wants to believe in the myths of equestrian sport, cannot see the severe injuries. They are not obvious. Veterinarians stay silent in a cowardly manner. They make
a living serving sport. 99 % of their "client base", their profits, connections, and career opportunities come from sport. Yes, everything connected with show jumping and dressage is steady, painful torture for any horse.
Everyone who deals with a horse liberated from painful action knows that the horse with an ability to "vote", with belief that the torture is over forever, has nothing in common with the downhearted sports horse moving under the hypnosis of constant pain.
For many years sportsmen have been generating lots and lots of lies about horses. They consider the drilled, forced, obviously "painful" movements, which have nothing in common with natural biomechanics of a horse, "beautiful". They award medals to each other when the horse shows these movements. The more there is a "pain component" and marionettelike movements of a horse, the higher the mark. It is a concern for both so-called "sport" and so-called "classical" riding.
However, this again is sentimental talk. We have scientifically proven facts which dot the i's at last...
Photos and descriptions of the serreta-type nosebands.
Serreta-type noseband. Europe, XVI-XVII centuries A.D.
This Serreta-type noseband was widely used by the European riding schools over a long period. The
example shown is intended to be used exclusively with the curb while riding on horseback. The serreta-type noseband has a pressing and crushing effect on the horse's soft tissue and nasal bone with every slight movement of the reins....
Colloquium. Interview with Derry McCormick
Equine Sciences Academy differs from almost all hippological school, colleges and institute by it's main principles: to do everything not BY horse - but FOR horse. "We will not accept anyone who is self serving, does not work in the best interest of the horse, or those that cause harm by what they do". Derry McCormick, one of the ESA chancellors, speaks about the Academy, its history and principles.
Equine Sciences Academy - untypical phenomena in the world of hippological education.
It is untypical because representatives of different view on feeding,trimming and healing unite here to transform young novices into great professionals.
ESA differs from almost all hippological school, colleges and institutes by it's main principles: to do everything not BY horse - but FOR horse.
And it's Derry McCormick and Cindy Sullivan, who are untypical and absolutely remarkable chancellors of this Academy. Women, who believe deeply in main ESA's principle - the partnership between the human and the horse is an honor and trust that must not be broken.
With wondering calm insistence they make this principle not only statement but the real base for educational program in ESA.
...I have always been an animal lover and believed that trust and kindness were the basis for a relationship with any creature. I was always "gentle" with my horse as I understood it, but still did most of the traditional things as far as riding, boarding, feeding etc. When she was six, my mare was diagnosed with navicular and became progressively more lame. Riding was no longer an option, and I spent the next eight years or so trying all the different conventional treatments and protocols to help her. I finally pulled the shoes as there was nothing more we could think of to try, and was amazed when she became more sound and her feet started to improve. I started researching barefoot trimming, but couldn't find anyone to do what I wanted, so decided I had to learn to trim myself.
Once I became involved with people who taught and practiced this, I learned about diet, laminitis, hoof function and barefoot soundness. This opened the door to more and more information about all the other aspects of horse keeping, and the fact that everything in a horse's life affects his body, mind and spirit. The journey continued as I learned about a different kind of relationship with, and approach to horses, which has led me to where I am today. Although my love and affection for horses is much the same as it was, my philosophy, approach and understanding of what a horse needs to thrive physically and emotionally could not be more different from ten years ago...