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JUNE 2006 • VOLUME 10 • ©HORSES For LIFE™ Magazine

Horst Weiler Interview Translation from Bit Magazine

The Bend

The attitude dressage horses adopt for their training leads to chronic overstraining of the anchoring where the neck tendon is attached at the back of the skull. This is the conclusion reached by horst Weiler of the free Universitet in Berlin in a scientific publication which earned him the title of hoogleraar. A conclusion which can put the sport of dressage on its head.
Throughout centuries horses have shown that they are very good at adapting to the circumstances they live with. From a small animal horses developed into flight animals living in the steppe, and then finally into the large animals now used under saddle. Nowadays, with the very high demands through sport that we place on very young horses, we ask more of them than they are able to adapt to. And bare the consequences thereof. That was the conclusion of the research of professor doctor Horst Weiler at the free Universitet Berlin.

examined more than a thousand horses

The veterinary surgeon and pathologist examined more than a thousand live and dead horses. He looked thereby at the overloading of the ligaments and tendons of the anchoring of and links to the bone and the impact of it in legs and especially to the bit between the neck and skull.

Weiler's answer to the question of what is overloading is rather shocking for dressage riders.


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