Nevzorov Haute Ecole
Nevzorov Haute Ecole (NHE)- is a modern horse-school created by Alexander Nevzorov and his wife Lydia Nevzorova. The school is based on the ancient principles of Antoine de Pluvinel. According to the school principles the horse is viewed not as a means of transport nor tool for entertainment, but as an equal and astonishing living being. The school presents a new form of training and living with horses, but they reject riding for the benefit of the horse.
All pupils of NHE study equine anatomy and horse management. The aim of the school is to teach their horses elements of haute ecole and school jumps without a rider. They do this with a free horse. While working with a horse the use of bits, spurs or other helping reins is forbidden because of the negative effect it has on the horse's health. Only a loose band around the horse`s neck (called cordeo) is allowed. The school thinks that the horse is capable of expressing its feelings and physical needs.
The school of Nevzorov places special importance on the physical and mental health of the horses. Mutual understanding and communication is learned during playing and the physical power, with several incremental exercises. The individuality of every horse is supported and personality can develop. Grooming and physical contact with the horse is desirable.
Background and theory
Founded in Russia in 2004, the school of Nevzorov claims to have followers all around the world (USA, Australia, Europe).
It works on mutual understanding and is based on friendship. The school was involved into the production of different DVDs, which describe a new way of training/educating horses. You do not have to be dominant, to teach your horse new exercises and have fun together.
But some of the difficult figures are not allowed to perform before the horse is physically developed. The horse`s health is always the focus. As a consequence the school opposes horseshoes because they restrict the mechanism of the sane hoof. The timetable also includes horse behaviour/communication, horse-keeping, nutrition/food, horse`s health/illness and the physical development of horses.
Alexander Nevzorov has tried different classical dressage- trainings, before he found this way of communication with a horse. For the benefit of the horse, the school gave up riding in 2010. Lydia Nevzorova is a specialist in hippology and Equine Thermographist (musculoskeletal system). Her research with the University of Saint Petersburg showed that the rider`s weight destroys the back muscles of the horse and irritates the nerves inside the spinal column.
Criticism of equestrian sport
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The school claim to have the science proof that a Curb bit in the horses`mouth causes pain and "neurocranialis shocks". On part of the school the "Horse Revolution" created an international-project, where they campaign for the horses`rights worldwide. They insinuate that jumping competitions and especially horse racing are brutal and cruel. More than 370 horses die yearly during or as a result of injuries from a race. Not only for its criticism of equestrian sport, the "Horse Revolution" is known, they also discriminate the horse-industry for producing slaughter horses.
Together with some international scientist, Nevzorov Haute Ecole Research Center tested the cruel and brutal effect of a simple whip like it is used in horse-races. The damage which is done on the musculature are proven by obduction of horses.
The preceptor of the school, Nevzorov published in 2012 that the school had managed to teach horses to read and understand the human language. It was recorded that a horse can write in letters, in the language he was taught (Latin), his physical needs and term objects. Similar "skills" of a horse were already used around 1900, with the counting horse Clever Hans, except that Clever Hans was discredited, as the horse was reading the subtle body language cues of his trainer, even when the trainer did not intend to be cueing the horse.
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- Beyond the Dream Horse - A Revealing Perspective on Attaining a True Relationship [Kindle Edition]author:Michael Bevilacqua ISBN 1453725261
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