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Editor-in-chief's word

The third volume of the NHE Equine Anthology. Deathly silence of the opponents. Winter.

To tell the truth, it is amusing to see the commotion of people who have learned such simple and obvious facts about the horse and about the relations of horses and humans through the NHE Equine Anthology.

Now, when most of the "i"'s have been dotted, when new evidence of the barbaric entertainment's essence are being published, equestrian sport will have more and more difficulties. As we know, written words aren't for burning, they are for being read and understood - in this way, they will never burn away. They will incite revolutions in the hearts and minds of people.

Equestrian sport will fight back, finding more and more excuses. It doesn't have any yet. Yet it hasn't become aware of its own contradictions. This is its problem. There can't be any compromise here, nor any dialogues. In the past, when an opponent asked a rider and grand master of Haute Ecole for "negotiations", he used to answer: "Sirs, with you I am ready to negotiate nothing but the eulogy for you funeral".

Editor-in-Chief Lydia Nevzorova 

 

Tractate on a School mount. Part 3. Superbia. Cordeo. Pesada.

"The skill to honestly disagree with those who do not hold a School-related point of view, the skill of not even considering them to deserve any attention, not even giving any respect for, or analysis of the opposing view - is a great skill that always gives beautiful results. By the School's logic, the point of view of any opponent - is a priori considered to be idiocy. And this is very correct." Alexander Nevzorov continues introducing the Tractate, which is one of the official manuals of Nevzorov Haute Ecole School, to readers.

 

There is an old half of a manuscript, half a book that, for the sake of brevity in the speech of the initiate is referred to as "PRAECEPTIO PRECEPTOR IBUS". The name of this very important treatise is actually much longer, "The manual for preceptors that contain the secret of teaching of horses according to the wisdom of the School, and dogma about the importance of keeping this knowledge a secret and also of learning the science of superciliousness that is the best attitude for the master of the School".

This amazing and extremely rare half-manuscript was begun by an unknown author in the beginning of the 17th century. It contains very mysterious and from time to time very ingenious instructions for teaching horses difficult elements, cabalistic mysteries and revelations, prophecies about the destiny of the horse and thoughts about the destiny of the earth after the death of the School masters.

...For instance, there are several paragraphs in PRAECEPTIO PRECEPTORIBUS regarding a rider's seat. The most expressive of them is paragraph 83; in short it states, "the practice of dull riding, or repetitious exercises astride a horse's back, is extremely harmful to the strength and lightness of a true seat". This postulate is not proved or discussed any further. The School superciliously designates the RULE. It is assumed that it will be followed without discussion.

From the view of a "horse-lover" in our days this rule is contrary from the beginning. Lets look into it and once again collect evidence about the constructiveness of the School's superciliousness. The point of view that a good seat can only be formed by long "schooling" sessions, by hours spent in saddle, by long years of horseback riding exists today.

At some stage in time this standard point of view was proclaimed by the rider Fillis, and has successfully been canonized and is universally recognized in these days. Externally, this point of view looks logical and convincing. As it seems, there is nothing to argue about, but a simple and natural question arises: Why do those sportsmen (the very ones that work on their seat all the time) always fall off horses? Everyone falls, not only the beginners -sport champions, students of sport champions, simple weekend riders and those that have their top degrees in riding. They fall, traumatize, cripple, injure themselves and die. Sometimes they fall without any consequences,

but everyone falls. During competition and trainings, in fields and parks, in deserts and riding arenas. They fall on expensive, well-drained footing, fall into ungroomed ravines, into pools and puddles and onto their own painted bars. Show jumpers fall, dressage riders fall, eventing riders fall, jockeys fall etc. Falls off a horse and equestrian sports are two undividable concepts - this concept does not require any proof.

Why?...

...The School only allows for one auxiliary piece of equipment and that is the CORDEO - a belt or rope tightly sewn into a ring. I have said a lot about it in the film "Nevzorov Haute Ecole Principles". At the same time we have to remember that the CORDEO is not and cannot be a means of controlling or restraining a horse.

Now that self-made imitators of the School have appeared, in the photo we can notice the typically primitive and ridiculous way the cordeo is being used.. There are no relations with a horse here. A human is trying to turn the cordeo into a means of control, affecting the rings of the trachea, without knowledge that in this position they are absolutely invulnerable and that the "lassoing" of a horse is based on a completely different principle, which is inapplicable in any situation with a cordeo...

 

Maurizio Patti

"Every single moment shared with a horse is a moment of growing and learning. We should only allow horses to teach us all there is to know". Story by NHE Official Representative in Italy Maurizio Patti, about two marvelous students in the School: Mr. Cypro and Mrs. Lency. Who are they? Read and learn.

Equestrian Sport: "Secrets of Art". Part 2. Beatings

"Strictly speaking, equestrian sport (ES) stands on two principal methods, as on two pillars. Apart from these, there are many tricks and methods, but these two pillars are the foundation for everything. Any "trick" is interchangeable with any other, any of these inconsequential "methods" can be distorted or removed from use - nothing in essence will change." Alexander Nevzorov speaks about cordeo usage, pesades and suberbia, a mysterious psychological tool, which would be used by School masters at all times. This article is a material of Nevzorov Haute Ecole Research Center.

Strictly speaking, equestrian sport (ES) stands on two principal methods, as on two pillars. Apart from these, there are many tricks and methods, but these two pillars are the foundation for everything. Any "trick" is interchangeable with any other, any of these inconsequential "methods" can be distorted or removed from use - nothing in essence will change. However, the two principal methods of ES are eternal, they are fundamental and basic. If either of them is removed, equestrian sport will cease to exist. All of its standards will become unachievable.

The first method is NCS (inflicting the pain of neurocranial shock to the horse by use of an iron instrument fixed in its mouth).

The second is the beating of a horse...

This method of equestrian sport, second only to NCS in its importance to achieving sport standards, and a very relative obedience of the horse, is called by many names.

They can only be called "names" with great reserve; rather, they are euphemisms, which are shamefacedly covering the essence of the method. The true name of the method frightens reporters and children, and sounds too unpleasant. In the special language of sportsmen, this method is called "negative reinforcement", "to drive", "to make a correction", "moving off the whip", "punishment", "teaching the horse a lesson", etc., etc.

But the truth of this method is simply, the beating of a horse.Though the word "simple" is not fully appropriate here. This is not simply beating. Those who beat "simply", without an idea, without drilling to achieve the special skill of a sport - stay forever patrolling in muddy riding schools or chasing flies in the rooms of others' stables. Effective beatings require skills, competence, calculation, and have many nuances and aspects of application.

Here we have the same kind of story as with iron. If a snaffle bit or a curb, tucked into a horses' mouth could make anyone become an Olympic champion, then everybody would become a champion. But only a few become "winners", people with special moral, educational educational and character features, those who learned accurately, and callously to inflict neurocranial shock to a horse by a blow with an iron instrument fixed in the horse's mouth. Those who have mastered this method correctly (by the standards of ES) use it.

But as we know, 99.9 % of sportsmen spend all of their lives mutilating the horse and its mouth, but remain unknowns even in equestrian sport, even in spite of having the main characteristic, which helps achieve success in ES, total insensitivity to the horses' feelings...

 

Cartularium

Photos and descriptions of the "Military" and "School" spurs (XV-XVII centuries).
АR (an absolute rarity)

I have great doubts about the heel band, which bears diamond-shaped decorations characteristic of the late Gothic period. The supposition that the shank was attached later to the older heel band has already been disproved...

 

The Horse Crucified and Risen (Horse Encyclopaedia) by Alexander Nevzorov

From this issue onwards, not waiting for the printed version, we have started publishing the book "The Horse Crucified and Risen (Horse Encyclopaedia)" by Alexander Nevzorov. Five years ago this book, together with the film of the same name, changed Russian readers' minds, altering forever the march of the horses' history in the humans' world. Now you can examine this book in English.

 

Prologue

 

...This book about the relationship of man and horse. It is about the horse's cardinal secrets: his phenomenal nobility, intellect, ability to love and to be friends, and about his primary misfortune - his association with man.

I, perhaps, more competently than anyone, can speak about these traits, having trained without any coercion, without any crudeness, without straps, iron and crops a sufficient number of horses. When I fasten my eyes for the first time on a horse I intend to train in the most complicated of elements and figures for the Haute Ecole, train in a spirit of friendship yet with the horse recognizing my right of seniority, I, as a rule and as is the custom of the school to which I belong, silently say to myself: "Shunka-wakan kile nagi-ki uachi elo," which translated from the Lakota means, "I need the soul of this horse." Just the soul, and if I win it - everything will turn out alright.

Then this horse - without any bridle, without any coercion - will be obedient and favorably disposed. He will do incredible things: lie down when I knit my brows, sit and remain seated, do the Spanish walk, the piaff or the capriole. At the same time, the right to train this being is based by no means on the fact that I am a human, but on the fact that he is a horse.

Not one horse recognizes "seniority" according this extremely farfetched principle...

...Relationships with such a striking being as the horse show just how stupid, ruthless and cruel man can be.Or, conversely, how noble, kind and inspiring...

 

Colloquium. Interview with Peter Laidely

The conversation with Australian hoof-trimmer Peter Laidely about horse health, human politeness and who will win in "hoof wars".

...I first saw what we now call "Barefooting "over fifty years ago. I was a "real little kid" and my brother, who is a lot older that I, worked at a racing, breeding and training farm. Several of the older men including one very old bloke used to do the hoof work as part of the normal husbandry and care...

I cannot say that I learned hoof care from these men (I was under ten years old) although my brother did, however I do remember the oldest man, who must have been born well before the beginning of the twentieth century, saying, probably in answer to my youthful annoying questioning: "If I trim it right it'll grow right"... they could have taught me a lot more but that was all I remembered Ten years later, when I got my own horse - that was all the teaching I had. But it was what I used and it worked! If the hoof was growing wrong it was because I was doing something wrong. Many years later (about twenty years ago) someone asked me to bury a horse, but after discussing the meaning of existence with the horse I decided to take her home and bring her back to life. She actually died a few years ago at 32 and I paid someone else to bury her.

This horse had been left, alone and uncared for in a paddock for over five years, she was extremely head-shy and even ten years later she could never understand the rebuke of a flat handed smack. I am not saying that she was senselessly beaten, but she was the worst psychological recovery project I have ever taken on (and I have done a few). Her feet were classic Egyptian slippers with splits and I spent a long time finding the right shape that allowed them to not deform. Although the feet never fully recovered, I did manage to keep her almost entirely sound for nearly fifteen years.

Some time later my wife bought me a 16-week-old colt for Christmas. She has actually found the perfect murder weapon for a mature age husband because when I fall out of a gum tree, which Shasta climbs to protect us from carnivorous butterflies, my wife will have a perfect alibi. Other than that he loves me passionately and has taught me more about horses in ten years than I learned in the previous fifty.

Among other things he taught me that without lots of natural abrasion perfect little Arab feet fall apart and get hoof wall separations. When we had a particularly wet year, his feet started to deteriorate, so I read, and reassessed all of the "old theory" and started to study as much of the current material as was available...

 

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