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About Gillian and The Team
Gillian | Shirley | David | Freddie | Artistic Flair

Gillian Higgins BSc (Hons) First Class,BHS Senior Coach, Dip (RM) MSM, ITEC(equine), MCAM, MRAC, MESMA, MIAS, METAA, MRAMP.

Gillian HigginsGillian is an equine anatomist, biomechanist, BHS Senior Coach, professional Sports and Remedial Therapist and author with a first class honours degree in Equine Science and Business Management. Gillian is passionate about horses and anatomy and sharing all she knows for the good of the horse. She specialises in assessing posture and movement, devising exercises for improving performance and educating horse owners. She is well known for her anatomical painting on live horses which she uses for her teaching.Gillian Higgins


Gillian has ridden and competed up to Advanced level British Eventing. Noteable events include: winning and best rider under 25 rider at Gatcombe in 2007, representing GB at Necarne CCI** in 2004. Ridden Team Chasing, British Dressage and British Showjumping. Riding for Great Britain at the Student Rider’s Nations Cup in Austria 2004 and Canada 2006 where she achieved Individual Gold for dressage. Gillian currently owns 2 horses including the legend Freddie Fox and Artistic Flair, a youngster which she has started and is beginning to event.

Gillian Higgins

With a bubbly, engaging presentation style, a deep knowledge, a passion for anatomy and biomechanics and with the welfare and comfort of the horse in mind, she gives lectures all over the world to riders, therapists, saddlers, farriers, vet schools, artists in fact anyone keen to learn more about horse anatomy or biomechanics or who is looking to ride and train successfully in harmony.

She has given demonstrations at and with the:-Gillian Higgins

- World Equestrian Games in Kentucky and Normandy,
- Global Dressage Forum in Holland,
- World Arabian Horse Organisation in Qatar,
- Horse University in Brazil,
- Horse Expo in South Africa,
- Equine Therapy Association of Australia
- British Horse Society,
- British Dressage,
- British Eventing,
- World Class Start Programme,
- Equitana in Germany,
- Hartpury and other Equestrian Colleges
- Society of Master Saddlers,
- Professional therapy organisations and schools,
- Veterinary groups and pracitces,
- And More...

Posture and PerformancePublications:

Gillian has written several popular books and DVDs. These are included in many university and other training course book lists. They have been translated into 14 different languages. There are more books in the pipeline. She also writes regularly for equestrian magazines (see published articles here).

As well as her own books Gillian is writing the anatomy chapters for the new Stage 2, Stage 3 and Stage 4 British Horse Society exam guide books.


Therapy:Horse Therapy

As well as the conventional training, Gillian has studied Equine Therapies in America, France, Germany and Sweden and is committed to giving our equine partners the best possible levels of care and consideration. Gillian works mostly with sport horses from pleasure horses through to competition horses at Olympic level. Gillian has worked with Bettina Hoy and regularly attends Dr Bechtolshiemer's yard.

Qualifications and Training:

First Class Honours Degree in Equine Science & Business Management from the Royal Agricultural University,

British Horse Society Senoir Coach and Stable Managers

Diploma in Sports and Remedial Massage and Manipulation from MMSM Nottingham

Gillian HigginsITEC Diploma in Sports Massage from Mary Bromiley

    Post Graduate Diploma in McTimoney-Corley Manipulation from the Oxford College of Equine Physical Therapy,

    Body Master Training from Peak Sporting Performance

    The Masterson Method

    Equine Biomechanics from Equine Energy

    Myofascial Release Techniques with Sport Ex.

    Introductory Course in Saddle Fitting with the Society of Master Saddlers

    Anatomy Trains

    Human and Equine Kinesio -Taping Practitioner Qualifications

    Electrotherapy with Dr Tim Watson

Gillian HigginsGillian is continually updating her knowledge and qualifications, she regularly attends courses in all her fields of interest. She works closely with Vets and regularly attends veterinary seminars and conferences. Gillian has represented the BHS in Sweden as part of the Leonardo Exchange programme designed to share knowledge with our European Counterparts. This has given her valuable insight into alternative methods of training and treatments, the best of which she incorporates into her own practices.

Register of Anaimal Musculoskeletal PractionersEquine Sports Massage Association

Gillian is also a member of the
Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP), Equine Sports Massage Association (ESMA),
the British Horse Society (BHS)
and the Society of Equestrian Artists (SEA).


Awards in Recognition of Her Work:Gillian Higgins

Membership to the Institute of Anatomical Sciences in 2016

Honorary lifetime membership to the International Association of Equine Biomechanics in 2016

Honorary international lifetime membership to the Equine Therapies Association of Australia for contribution to the horse industry in Australia 2014

Finalist for the Equine Social Media Awards in 2012

Knowledge West’s Best Business Award in 2008

Eqvalan Duo Thesis of the Year Award Finalist in 2005

Bentley Jennison Award for Best Equine Dissertation 2005

Anatomical Artwork:Gillian Higgins

As well as painting on horses, for which Gillian is renowned, She has also painted a number of large models for companies and charities so far raising £14K.

Gillian also produces quirky equine anatomical drawings and prints perfect as learning tools or to decorate your centre or home.


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Shirley will be the first point of contact if you are considering arranging a Horses Inside Out Demonstration.

Whether you are a club, college, equestrian centre, or individual, she will help you decide on the best demonstration for your requirements and ensure everything is in place to make your demonstration a success.

All our demonstrations are unique and are tailor made to suit your circumstances. Shirley will go through all aspects of arranging your demonstration, assist with marketing and generally be there to provide support and answer any questions you may have.

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David is the technical arm of the organisation. David manages the website, mailing list and online shop.

David is also the official Horses Inside Out Camera Man and has collected the majority of the material for Gillian's video-based talks and DVDs.

At the demonstrations David looks after the audio visual equipment, and makes sure everything runs smoothly on the day.

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Freddie Fox

Freddie is a 16.2h twenty two year old ex-intermediate event horse. He has a wonderful character, is very inquisitive and loves to be the centre of attention at demonstrations. He is one of the main models in Gillian's books and DVDs. He has now retired from competition and enjoys hacking.

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Artistic Flair

Artistic Flair is a 17hh seven year old Irish Sports Horse. Arty is the newest member of the team having joined us in July 2015. He has just started his eventing and Horses Inside Out modelling career! We are all very excited about his development and progress.

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