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Live Painted Horse Demonstrations

Applied Biomechanics Courses

Horse Owner Massage & Pilates Courses

Annual Conference

Video Based Lectures

Equine Dissection Workshops

Vet Practice Client Evenings

Anatomical Painting Workshops

One to One or Small Group Training

Courses for Therapy Professionals

Ponies Inside Out

Bespoke Courses and Events

Educational Resources

Musculoskeletal Assessments

Live Painted Horse Demonstrations

Horses Inside Out DemonstrationGillian explains how understanding and caring for the horse's body allows us to ride, train and manage horses efficiently and effectively. She demonstrates exercises that develop a supple, strong, comfortable horse able to maximise his range of movement and perform at his best. With a rider in a skeleton body suit, it is also possible to see clearly the interaction between horse and rider.
Run as evening lecture-demos or day seminars, these events are tailor made to suit the horses and auidence involved. Ideal for horse owners, riders and trainers can be tailored for novice to advanced groups, colleges, clubs, therapists, farriers, artists, administrative bodies or conferences at home or across the world.

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Applied Anatomy and Biomechanics Courses

Hind legsLed by Gillian, these 2 day Courses are of interest to coaches, riders, therapists, instructors, farriers, barefoot trimmers, podiatrists, saddlers and horse owners. Using a mix of video based theory and practical sessions, Gillian explains the practical application of anatomy and biomechanics to how we ride and care for our horses.

Biomechanics courseTopics can include: joint movement, muscles and myofascial chains, posture, tendons and ligament biomechanics, the mechanics of dressage, polework and jumping, training aids, the effect of asymmetry and compensation patterns.

This course can be adapted for specific interested groups such as saddlers, coaches, therapists or riding clubs.

Report from Biomechanics Course 2011
Report from Biomechanics Course 2012
Report from Biomechanics Course 2013

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dates and details in the UK

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Horse Owner Massage Course
Day Courses for Horse Owners

Massage for Horses
Stretching for Horses
'Pilates' for Horses
Assessing Posture and Movement
and more...

Techniques demonstrated by Gillian on these courses can be useful for physical and mental relaxation, improving performance, reducing muscle tension and stiffness, preparing for exercise or competition, reducing the risk of injury and are all excellent ways to develop a stronger bond between horse and handler. These practical 'hands on' course with some theory. 
Held at our base in the midlands or at your yard or an equestrian centre near you, these courses are very popular and great fun.

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or call us on + 44 (0)1159212648

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Annual Conference

Each year we organise a high quality conference focussing on a specific theme with world renowned speakers who are experts in their field. Our conference is aimed at all those with an interest in improving horse wellbeing and performance. CPD points are available for professional attendees.

Discussing HorsesClick here for details of the 2018 Conference:
Structure and Function

Reports on Previous Conferences:

2012 All Systems Go Report
2013 Assessment and Asymmetry Report
2013 Does Asymmetry Exist?
2014 The Back and Beyond Report
2015 Training, Therapy and Performance
2016 Backs, Balance and Biomechanics Report
017 Assessment, Evaluation and Action

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Video Based Lectures: Evening Talks or Day Seminars

Video Based TalksSlow motion video footage allows the audience to see extra and specific details and to understand what is happening as the horse moves. These talks are particularly suitable for in depth study of movement and detailed biomechanical observations. These talks can be run all year round but are particularly suited to indoor winter talks.

Topics include:

Understanding the horses’ back,
Not Quite Right
Dressage Dissected
Polework and Gymnastic Jumping
Posture and Performance
Pilates for Horses
Asymmetry and Compensation Patterns
and much more....

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HIO Dissections
Equine Dissection Workshop Series

These hands on dissection workshops provide a rare and unique opportunity to study the anatomy of the horse and apply the acquired knowledge to movement, training or therapy. They are led by Gillian Higgins and either Kirsty Lesniak or Linda Greening from Hartpury College. Come along to 1,2 or 3 days in the series. These days are very popular and fill quickly.

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Vet Client eventing
Vet Practice Client Evenings

If you are a veterinary practices or other organisations wishing to say thank you to clients and to promote your business or practice, this is an ideal and popular choice.

To discuss your requirements please e-mail or call + 44 (0)1159212648

Anatomical Painting
Anatomical Painting Workshops

These unique, innovative and practical days are an excellent way to learn about the musculoskeletal system in detail and how horses work. Ideal for groups, (ideal maximum 24). These days are particularly popular for riding clubs, students, exam groups, livery yards and riding school groups. This course combines well with a ‘Pilates’ or massage for horse owners course.

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One to One or Small Group TrainingMassage

If you would like to learn more about anatomy, biomechanics, therapy or movement with Gillian in a relaxed and personal atmosphere this is for you - whether you are a professional therapist, student, saddler, coach, rider, equine professional or an interested horse owner.

Ideal for revision, learning or for personal CPD. Arrange a half or full day at Gillian's yard, Wavendon Grange, Old Dalby, Leicestershire.

More details on Personalised Training

Contact Gillian directly: +44(0)7947242262

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Technique Courses for Therapy Professionals

These advanced technique courses are led by GILLIAN, for qualified equine therapy practitioners. Days include:-

  • Assessing Posture and Movement,
  • Myofascial Chains and Myofascial Release Techniques
  • Developing Palpation and Advanced Soft Tissue Techniques
  • Joint Mobilisations and Musculoskeletal Testing

If you have any specific topics you would like to cover please contact us.

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Ponies Inside Out

Ponies Inside Out is the children’s extension of Horses Inside Out. Anatomical Painting workshops are ideal for Pony Clubs and Equestrian Youth Groups, Suitable for children 10 years and older. They are an interactive way to learn about anatomy and how it can help riding. Children have the opportunity to paint anatomical structures on the sides of ponies. Just like Horses Inside Out, Ponies Inside Out tailors the activities that suit the age and stage of the children and group.

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Bespoke courses Bespoke Courses and Events

Whether a large organisation, club, small centre or group or individual. We always try to meet your needs.

Just call us to describe and discuss your requirements. We will then suggest various options that may be of interest.


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Educational Resources
Educational Resources

We offer a range of educational resources including:-


Video Clips

Books, DVDs, Photographs, Prints

Anatomical Models and More!

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Musculoskeletal AssessmentsEquine Therapy

As a Sports and Remedial Therapist and BHS Senior Coach, Gillian can assess the posture, asymmetries, musculature and strengths and weaknesses of both horse and rider. She will look at way of going and movement in hand, ridden and on the lunge. Following her assessment, which may include a remedial massage and musculoskeletal mobilisation and manipulation, she will recommend a 4-6 week exercise programme to improve posture, muscular performance and balance.

Bring your horse to us at Wavendon Grange in Leicestershire.

Horse and Rider Musculo-Skeletal Assessments

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