The Basics of Classical Riding: Achieving Balance through Rhythm, Suppleness & Contact with Gerd Heuschmann




In this course Dr Gerd Heuschmann – world renowned veterinarian, author and master rider examines the basics of classical riding, focusing on the first three steps of the training scale: rhythm, suppleness and contact

Through videos, quizzes, discussions, and practical exercises, this course will give you the tools you need to understand the components of true self carriage. 

The course will be useful for equine professionals who want to learn how correct training can impact, either negatively or positively, the overall health and welfare of the horse. It will be of high value to trainers who feel that they have done all of the right things – foot balance, saddle fit, rider posture etc., BUT still feel some resistance or question whether their horse is truly lifted in the back and light and elastic in the contact. If you are a horse owner, it can help you to evaluate if you are on the right track to achieving balance in the basic gaits.

This course has been developed with Dr Heuschmann based on a lifetime of study and experience – working with thousands of horses, trainers, horse owners and equine professionals all round the world. 

Capturing Dr Heuschmann’s extensive knowledge and sharing it through this course has been an absolute privilege for everyone at Equitopia. We strongly encourage everyone who cares about compassionate equestrianism to take this course –  it will surely be a gift to your horse that will bring you both to a whole new level in your sport.


  • Discuss the philosophies behind the evolution of classical riding
  • Discuss the basic goals of the classically-trained horse and rider
  • Compare modern dressage and classical dressage
  • Recognize the characteristics of a healthy and happy horse
  • Recognize a horse that has been properly trained in the classical tradition
  • Differentiate between a supple horse and a stiff horse
  • Identify behaviors of a horse moving with/without rhythm
  • Compare the use of soft and heavy hands in establishing contact
  • Discuss the importance of achieving a balanced horse