GERMAN rider, author and equine veterinary surgeon, Dr Gerd Heuschmann, a lifelong advocate of classical training methods, provided an insight into correct training, particularly with young horses, and also the crucial foundation of a good seat in riding.

The first two years of the horse’s experience under saddle are the most vital in his vast experience of riding over 12,000 horses. “The younger the horse, the more careful you have to be,” he informed the rapt audience at Cavan Equestrian.