Armidale, Australia (PressExposure) March 09, 2009 -- A book detailing the horse training secrets of a 3,300 year old horse training text discovered in the Turkish mountains has just been released. A 3300 year old fitness program for horses offers modern trainers the opportunity to improve horses' fitness while keeping them sound and happy. The program was named after its creator, the Mitannian Master Horse Trainer Kikkuli, whose horse conditioning techniques helped establish a military empire in around 1345 BC. By following the instructions laid down in the Kikkuli Text, trainers will be able to produce a superb equine athlete without the use of drugs or expensive feed additives.
Dr. A. Nyland translated the ancient Kikkuli Text, which was written on four clay tablets in Hittite cuneiform, into English. In 1991, Dr Nyland, then an academic of the University of New England in Australia, as well as Arabian horse breeder and long time endurance competitor, put Arabian horses through the entire program for the first time in 33 centuries. Her findings have significant implications for racehorse, trotter, endurance and eventer owners and trainers. The results suggest that Kikkuli's methods achieve a standard of fitness in mind and body in horses unmatched by modern techniques. Since 1991, the Kikkuli Method has been used on horses from racehorses through to endurance horses.
"The results have been astounding", says Dr. Nyland. "One New Zealand racehorse trainer got his first winner by following the Kikkuli Method. An endurance rider in Australia bought a broken down horse which, thanks to the Kikkuli Method, went on to win a National Title."