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.

His arguments have been featured in many magazines, including Dressage Today and Horse & Hound. 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”.

Visit his website at Gerd-Heuschmann.com.

By Gerd Heuschmann

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