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Report on Evening Lecture Demonstration 2014

Peter Fenton Veterinary Practice Client Evening

Date: Thursday 31st July
Venue: Croft End Equestrian Centre Accrington Lancashire.

Horses Inside OutAfter a typically early Horses Inside Out Start, and a beautiful drive over the Pennines via the highest motorway in England we arrived at Croft End Equestrian. Waiting for us were two lovely horses. Paplo, a gorgeous retired 19 year old black dressage horse owned and ridden by Alex Topham and Terry, an 11 year old chestnut show jumper owned and ridden by Christine Bowdler.

Gillian HigginsAfter a brief rehearsal in the morning we got down to work, painting.

We had the most wonderful enthusiastic team of helpers who acted as assistant painters during the afternoon and the arena party during the evening performance.




The first part of the demonstration looked at the musculo skeletal system and its relevance to movement, posture and suppleness. After the break where the audience had the opportunity to look at the specimens and ask the vets questions about their horses, it was time to look at the movement. The horses behaved impeccably. HIO

We looked at pole work – a must for everyone whether you jump or not - it’s a fantastic way to keep the horse’s backs supple! Terry jumped both on the lunge and ridden. You can see from the photographs how efficient aGillian Higginsnd proficient he was.

The aim if these demonstrations are to show people how the horse uses himself  and how by being ridden from the anatomical perspective and cared for with back health in mind, he can be happy, healthy, straight  and supple.

HIOPablo then demonstrated how to collect and extend and the importance of various school movements.

Gillian HigginsAlex wore our skeleton body suit. Very brave as it really does emphasise every move and highlights the rider’s symmetry and position.

The evening ended with a wonderful dressage to music exhibition, beautifully choreographed and accurately executed. It incorporated changes in rhythm and tempo,  lateral work and a series of 2 time changes. The audience were riveted and you could have heard a pin drop!

Horses Inside OutIf you would like to read any comments do havea look at the Horses Inside Out facebook page. Thank you to everyone involved -  the venue owners, riders,  students, helpers, Diane and Peter Fenton, the other vets from the practice and most of all the audience.

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It certainly was a ‘night to remember’.


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