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Horses Inside Out Annual Conference 2014


Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd February 2014

The Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester. GL7 6JS

Conference Overview
Understanding the structure, composition, complexity and strength of a horse's back is critical to his usefulness, ability to perform, and wellbeing. Equitation problems, poor performance, discomfort or challenging behavioural issues can all be back related and, as all structures in the equine body are interdependent, the cause of back problems can be diverse and seemingly unrelated. This conference aims to provide a deeper understanding into the complexity of back related issues and shed some light onto training the back sympathetically and effectively.

Who is the conference aimed at?
This conference is of interest to riders, therapists, coaches, equine professionals, sadde fitters, hoof care professionals, instructors, equine/animal/veterinary/BHS students, competitors and anyone with an interest in horses.

Why attend?
This is an excellent opportunity to hear world leading speakers in the field of research into the equine back and to learn how a top trainer approaches training horses whilst maintaining a strong and healthy back. The Royal Agricultural University is a superb venue with excellent facilities. Horses Inside Out Annual Conferences are gaining an international reputation for attracting top quality speakers and exceptional customer service.

Provisional Timetable

Saturday 22nd February 2014

0800 – 0845


Coffee and Pastries

0850 – 0900

Gillian Higgins


0900 – 0945

Gillian Higgins

Biomechanics, Posture, Anatomical Training and Compensation Patterns.

0945 – 1045

Dr Andrew Hemmings

Understanding the Relevance of the Evolution of the Back and the spinal cord: Anatomy, Behaviour, Problems and Therapy.

1045 - 1100 Dr Andrew Hemmings; Gillian Higgins Questions and Discussion

1100 – 1140


Tea, Coffee and Biscuits

1140 – 1225

Dr Wilfried Bechtolsheimer

An Olympic Trainer’s Approach to Training Horses and Maintaining Good Back Health.

1225 - 1245 Dr Wilfried Bechtolsheimer Questions and Discussion

1245 – 1400


Dining Hall

1400 – 1445

Dr Richard Hepburn

Is it Actually in the Abdomen..... Not the Back?

1445 - 1500 Dr Richard Hepburn Questions and Discussion

1500 – 1540


Tea, Coffee and Biscuits

1540 – 1625

Dr Theresia Licka

The Influence of Lameness and Reduced Vertebral Movement on the Function of the Back

1625 – 1645

David Kempsell Understanding Horse and Rider Asymmetry and Corrective Saddlery Methods

1645 – 1715

All Speakers

Panel Session

1715 - 1730 Gillian Higgins Summary and Close



Conference Dinner

After Dinner Speaker: Haydn Price

Sunday 23rd February 2014

0800 – 0850


Coffee and Pastries

0850 – 0900

Gillian Higgins


0900 – 0950

Dr Sue Dyson

How do we Diagnose Primary Back or Sacroiliac Joint Region Pain?

0950 - 1000 Dr Sue Dyson Questions and Discussion

1000 – 1050

Dr Theresia Licka

Pressures Under the Saddle: The Sandwich of Muscle Contraction and Spinal Movement and Saddle “Software” (flocking, pads)

1050 - 1100 Dr Theresia Licka Questions and Discussion

1100 – 1140


Tea, Coffee and Biscuits

1140 – 1230

Dr Sue Dyson

Why Does Saddle Slip Occur?

1230 - 1245 Dr Sue Dyson Questions and Discussion

1245 – 1400


Dining Hall

1400 – 1430

Louise Broom

Core Stability for Riders: Establishing Definitions and Challenging Assumptions

1430 – 1450

Vicki Walker

Research Presentation: The Effects of Pace, Surface and Muscle Development on the Backs of Dressage Horses

1450 - 1500

Louise Broom
Vicki Walker

Questions and Discussion

1500 – 1540


Tea, Coffee and Biscuits

1540 – 1620

Dr Sue Dyson

Lameness can Masquerade as a Back Problem

1620 – 1630

Gillian Higgins

Summary and Close


  • Tea, coffee and lunch is included.
  • Trade and presentation stands.
  • Scientific poster presentation area.
  • The Tythe Barn Bar will be open following the conference on Saturday from 5pm onwards.
  • The conference dinner on Saturday evening will be held at the university.
  • Certificates of participation will be issued.


Ticket Price:
NB: No Day 1 only tickets available

Day 2 only

£ 195

Both days

£ 350

Saturday Evening Dinner


Prices include VAT

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The Speakers

Wilfried BetchtolsheimerDr Wilfried Bechtolsheimer owns a training and competition yard inGloucestershire. He was born in Germany but moved to the UK and became a British Citizen in 1995. He is principal trainer to his daughter, successful Olympic Dressage rider Laura Bechtolsheimer. He has also supported and trained many other top dressage riders including Carl Hester. Dr Bechtolsheimer has competed at top level eventing and dressage representing the UK at the European Championships in 1995. His philosophy, shared with another leading dressage trainer Klaus Balkenhol is to to ride in a way that is good for the horse physically and fair to him mentally. Harmony is the goal.

Louise BroomLouise Broom is a chartered physiotherapist. Following her work with top athletes at the Institute of Sport and as team physio to the England Womens rugby team, she set up ‘Personal Best Rider Physiotherapy and Performance Analysis’. Using riding simulators, realtime visual feedback, and hands on physiotherapy techniques Louise offers rehabilitation to riders from all disciplines.

Dr Sue DysonDr Sue Dyson is a world-renowned expert in equine orthopaedics, with a particular interest in lameness and poor performance in sports horses. She has co-authored several veterinary textbooks and having trained horses and competed at top national level in both eventing and showjumping, has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of performance problems in horses from all disciplines. Highly skilled in the diagnosis of subtle and complex lameness, Sue is also an expert in diagnostic imaging, radiography, ultrasonography, scintigraphy and magnetic resonance imaging. She lectures internationally and has published more than 200 papers in scientific journals. In 2000 Sue was awarded the British Equine Veterinary Association John Hickman Orthopaedic Award for outstanding contributions to equine orthopaedics. In 2005 she was made an Honorary Member of the British Equine Veterinary Association. In 2007 Sue was awarded the Tierklinik Hochmoor Award for outstanding, innovative and lasting contributions to equine veterinary medicine world-wide. In 2013 Sue was awarded a place in the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame, in recognition of her contribution to hoof care. Dr Dyson is currently researching the association between hind limb lameness and saddle slip.

Andrew HemmingsDr Andrew Hemmings is an Equine Neuroanatomist and Senior Lecturer in Animal Science at theRoyal Agricultural University, Cirencester. His main expertise and interest is in brain function in relation to stereotypy performance and in relation to learning and the genetic factors underlying horse behaviour. This paves the way for a deeper insight into the functioning of other anatomical structures and their influence on performance.Richard Hepburn

Dr Richard Hepburn is a vet and specialist in internal medicine at the BW Equine Vet Hospital Group, Gloucestershire. Richard is highly competent in all aspects of equine medicine, including neonatology, with specific interests in gastric and duodenal ulcers and poor performance in horses.

Gillian HigginsGillian Higgins is a Sports and Remedial Therapist, BHS Senior Coach, Anatomist, Rider and Founder of Horses Inside Out. Using painted horses, Gillian performs demonstrations and runs courses worldwide explaining to professionals and amateurs how understanding Equine Anatomy and Biomechanics can improve performance and reduce the risk of injury. Gillian has produced several popular books and DVDs available in several languages.

David KempsellDavid Kempsell is a Saddler and Managing Director of First Thought Equine Ltd which bases its products on scientific research and has revolutionised the saddle industry. David has a fascination with ‘how things work’. Owning a show jumper who consistently had ‘saddle problems’, was the catalyst that made David look closely into saddlery and its effect on the horse’s movement. Being at the forefront of the industry David is in constant demand to give presentations and lectures throughout the world. He holds regular seminars and training days in the U.K. for saddle fitters, who attend from every corner of the globe.

Theresia LickaDr Theresia Licka graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna in 1992. She spent a year in general practice in southern Austria before returning to Vienna where she completed her doctoral thesis in equine motion analysis as well as acupuncture for treatment of back pain in horses. Dr Licka has worked at the Clinic of Orthopaedics within the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, and as a senior lecturer in Equine Orthopaedic Surgery at Edinburgh University. She is now a Professor of Orthopaedics in Vienna. Her principal research interests involve movement analysis in horses.

Haydn PriceHaydn Price is consultant farrier to the BEF and Team Farrier to the British Dressage and Show Jumping Teams. With a particular interest in performance horses, he has developed a specialist Equine Referral Centre. In 2004 Haydn developed the Equinalysis Gait Analysis system, now used by World Class Performance to assess locomotion. Haydn is a regular contributor to publications and research programmes, he also lectures internationally within Europe, America and Mexico.

Vicki WalkerVicki Walker is a research assistant at the Centre for Equine Studies at the Animal Health Trust. Her main research focus is gait analysis of sport horses. Her current work includes; investigating gait patterns of ridden horses, the effect of rehabilitation aids on kinematics, and how arena maintenance changes surface characteristics and the gait of the horse.


About Cirencester

Cirencester is a beautiful market town well worth a visit. The town contains many interesting buildings spanning several centuries. With no high rise buildings, the highest is the cathedral-like St. John Baptist church which dominates the market square where on Fridays and Mondays there is a traditional market. Within walking distance of the town centre there is access to the fantastic Bathurst Estate and Cirencester Park.

The Royal Agricultural University was founded by Henry, 4th Earl Bathurst in 1845. Housed in beautiful traditional buildings with excellent facilities it is the perfect location for the sixth Horses Inside Out Conference.

If you are considering coming to the conference and would like to bring friends or family, this is an ideal location for a weekend away.

Places to stay

Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester. GL7 6JS. 01285 652531

Stratton House Hotel, Gloucester Road, Cirencester. GL7 2LE 01285 651 761

Four Pillars Hotel. Cirencester Water Park, Spine Road East, South Cerney,Glos. GL7 5FP. 01285 864 000

Travelodge, Hare Bushes, A429 Burford Road, Cirencester. GL7 5DS. 0871 984 6233

Corinium Hotel, 12 Gloucester Street, Cirencester. GL7 2DG. 01285 659 711

There are numerous bed and breakfasts available in Cirencester. Information can be found at, or by ringing 01285 654 180


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