In his latest book, Philippe Karl, one of the most outspoken critics of the modern dressage world, reveals some disturbing facts about the physical, anatomical and mental effects on the horse resulting from the official dressage guidelines as issued by the German Equestrian Federation (FN).

By comparing these with philosophies of masters of classical riding such as La Guérinière and Baucher, he shows possible solutions to the challenging situation of modern competitive dressage. This book explores key problems of modern dressage: physical aspects, straightness, balance, exercises. It describes the effects of modern dressage, breeding and business, and suggests a classical alternative: the philosophy of Légèreté (lightness).

German & English: Cadmos Verlag
French: Editions Belin