Originally Posted by Scoutrider
Please forgive any misspelling in the title, lol.
I must be dreadfully behind the times, but I have heard on other posts and online allusions to Anky van Grunsven and something called Rollkur. I'm not terribly well versed in the technicalities of advanced dressage training, and I was wondering if someone could please clarify what Rollkur is, and the story behind the allusions and snippets I've heard in various places.
The only knowledge I have of Anky is a secondhand VHS tape of the '96 Atlanta Olympics Dressage (With lots of Anky and Bonfire), and the Anky dressage saddles in SLT catalogs. Not much dressage on RFDTV, at least not when I'm watching, lol.
Thanks for explaining and clarifying!
Now I am not a fan of Anky's riding nor of rollkur or what it is now called hyperflexion but rollkur has been around LONG before Anky. I believe because Anky practiced it in the open is why she is getting the bad rep as if she invented it but German Nicole Uphoff was using the same techniques on Rembrant, however because it was behind closed doors it was all hush hush.
In short Hyperflexion is when the horse is driven hard from behind, with the rider holding the horse to the point of it going behind the vertical and even having the face parallel to the ground, or into his chest. This means that the top muscle along the back is being stretched forward , with the muscles behind are being pushed under causing huge stress on the sacro-iliac region.