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Dissection coursesDissection Courses  


Hartpury College, Hartpury, Gloucester GL19 3BE

Led By Gillian Higgins, Linda Greening and Kirsty Lesniak


About the Dissection Courses:
These hands-on day courses offer an insight into the anatomy of the horse and provide a rare and invaluable opportunity to look at the structures we influence by training and therapy.

Head and Neck AnatomyThe Head and Neck Dissection Day will look at aspects of the head and poll area including the mouth, teeth, hyoid apparatus. Gillian Higgins will lead a dissection focussing on cervical joint and TMJ movement and the musculature of the head, neck, poll and jaw areas including the connections to the tongue. Understanding this anatomy helps to explain about neck positions and outline. Linda Greening will lead an examination of the brain will also examine behaviour patterns and how malfunction can give rise to repetitive stereotypic behaviours such as crib-biting and weaving. It can also explain responses to outside stimuli - of real interest to both therapists and riders.Muscles of the horses back

The Spine Dissection Day will focus on joint mechanics from the poll to the tail. Gillian Higgins will lead a dissection looking at the spinal ligaments and musculature and their effect on movement, performance and posture. Kirsty Lesniak will lead a dissection focussing on the spinal cord and major nerves. This dissection day is of special interest to all equine therapists, saddlers, coaches and all riders. This is our most popular dissection day course so book early to avoid disspointment.
Forelimb bones

horse pelvisThe Entire Fore and Hind Limb Dissection Day will include a focussed look at the entire fore and hind limb. Gillian Higgins will lead a dissection focussing on the muscles, tendons and ligaments mainly above the knee and hock. The forelimb dissection will include scapula, the stay apparatus of the forelimb and some of the thoracic sling muscles.The Hindlimb dissection will include the entire limb from the pelvis enabling an in depth study of the superficial and deep muscles of the hind quarters, the stay apparatus, and the joints in the hind leg including the sacroiliac Joint.

Kirsty Lesniak will lead dissections of limbs below the knee and hock, focussing on the mechanics, loading and injury of the tendons and ligaments of the the lower limb and inner structures of hte hoof.


09.00: Registration
Introductions and Explanations
Led Dissections and Practical Sessions
12.30: Lun
13.30: Led Dissections and Practical Sessions
15.30: End of Dissection, Discussion and Collect Certificates of Participation
16.00: Close

Please Note:

  • Certificates of Participation suitable for CPD will be issued.
  • Disposable gloves, lab coats and safety equiptment will be provided.
  • Tea and Coffee will be available throughout the day from the college canteen.
  • Lunch is available from the college or bring your own.
  • Directions and a location map will be sent with your receipt.
  • For accommodation nearby we suggest you use
  • ***These courses are popular and places are limited so book early.***

    November/December 2016 TBA : The Spine
    November/December 2016 TBA
    : Head and Neck
    Saturday 12th December 2015 : The Limbs

    *** Download Application Form Word.doc or .pdf ***

    Ticket Prices:

    £175.00 +  £35  VAT  =  £210

    If paying by cheque, we are happy to take two equal cheques for these courses,
    the second, sent with the first and dated one month prior the chosen course.

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    To book, simply download an application form then follow the instructions.

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    About the Dissection Leaders:

    Linda GreeningLinda Greening joined the lecturing team at Hartpury College in 2006 and was promoted to a senior lecture role, then Subject Manager, to the current day where she is Head of Department (HE Equine). Linda’s research interests lie within the field of equine behaviour, considering both feral and domestic equine populations. She has collaborated with researchers from different HE Institutions to generate student projects which have been presented at international conferences.  Prior to joining the College Linda worked for a variety of national and international race and competition yards, and DEFRA and is currently Assistant Secretary for the International Society of Equitation Science. Linda's teaching areas are predominantly equine behaviour (domestic and feral), ethics and welfare. Linda's research interestes include stereotypic behaviour, learning behaviour, laterality and nocturnal behaviour.

    Gillian HigginsGillian Higgins is an equine physical therapist, functional anatomist, biomechanist, author and anatomical artist with a special interest in assessing movement, compensation patterns and designing exercise programmes for rehabilitation and maintenance. In 2006 Gillian founded Horses Inside Out to bring the latest scientific research to riders, trainers, therapists and other equine professionals to show how understanding equine anatomy and biomechanics can improve welfare, performance and reduce the risk of injury. Gillian has been leading equine dissections since 2006 and has a particular interest in myofascial connections and compensation patterns.

    Kirsty LesniakKirsty Lesniak is currently the Programme Manager for all of the equine postgraduate provision at Hartpury College. Prior to this Kirsty programme managed the BSc (Hons) Equine Science for eight years and has also programme managed the Equestrian Sports Science provision and developed and managed the BSc (Hons) Equine Management (Top-up) programme. Kirsty’s teaching areas are predominantly within equine functional anatomy, exercise physiology and sports medicine. She has also been actively involved in teaching the areas of neonatal medicine, performance horse management and equestrian sport analysis as well as supervising dissertations at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Kirsty’s research interests include investigating the links between equine conformation, injury and career longevity. Her work particularly focusses on the anatomical symmetry of the hoof and the limb and its relationship with performance, and the relationship between laterality and asymmetry. Kirsty is currently collating work towards a DPhil interlinking these subject areas.



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