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Interactive Applied Anatomy

A Practical Course for Equestrian Professionals

Next Date TBA

Horses Inside Out, Wavendon Grange, Lawn Lane, Old Dalby,

Leicestershire, LE14 3LW


Whether you’re fascinated by the equine skeleton or need to improve your knowledge of anatomy then this course is for you. Learn all about the bones and anatomical models and investigate how the skeleton is put together.

Then apply this knowledge to how the horse moves and discover how it can help you manage, train, and where appropriate rehabilitate horses effectively.


We will look at:-

  • The range and degree of joint movement

  • The position, function, relevance and far-reaching effect of the hyoid apparatus

  • Structures of the head including the TMJ

  • How the atlas joins on to the skull and how the atlas and axis influence head position

  • The complexities of the vertebral joints

  • The intricacies of the sacroiliac joint, sacroiliac ligaments and joint

  • The lumbosacral junction

  • The bones and joints of the carpus and tarsus

  • The connexions and levers of the long bones and muscle, tendon and ligament attachment points

  • Anomalies within the spine including transitional vertebrae

  • Bony changes including kissing spine

  • Growth plates and immature skeletons

Course Trailer

During this course, we may compare the bones and models to the living horse but will mainly use anatomical models and the bones of both the appendicular skeleton (the legs) and the axial skeleton (the skull, vertebral column, sternum, and ribs) to aid your learning of this subject.

“If you like a puzzle, you’ll love the hands-on style of learning anatomy on this course”

"Study the bones of a horse well and they will tell you a story because anatomy reflects function"

Gillian Higgins

Course Details



08.45: Registration and Coffee

09.00: Welcome and Introduction

09.15: The Head and Neck

11.00: Break

11.30: The Back and Pelvis

13.00: Lunch

14:00: The Forelimbs

15.30: Break

16.00: The Hindlimbs

17.00: Close


We envisage this course to be very popular so early booking is advised.

Certificates of Participation will be issued for 8 hours a day

Tea, coffee, home-made cakes are included but please bring a packed lunch.

This course is held both inside and out so please bring appropriate warm clothes for a day out on the yard.

This course is limited to 10 people to ensure small groups, individual attention and hands-on time with the bones and models.


Course Price


Prices include VAT

Interactive Anatomy Course


Course Leader

Illustrated equine anatomy horse colouring book by Gillian Higgins.jpg

Gillian Higgins

As an anatomist with a fascination for applied musculoskeletal anatomy and biomechanics, Gillian takes every opportunity to further develop her skills and knowledge which she applies to riding, training and the management of horses.

Studying bones and leading dissection workshops have played a huge role in her understanding and growth.

Gillian has created a number of fascinating anatomical models as excellent practical teaching resources.

Gillian Higgins, equine anatomy, muscles,
Iliopsoas muscles

All of Gillian's courses are supported by a wealth of photographs and video footage taken from years worth of work including footage of her anatomically painted horses and from her dissections. 


This ensures that you will be better able to visualise the anatomy in relation to the horse. 

This course is run at the Horses Inside Out headquarters, Wavendon Grange near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire.


The facilities at this central UK location include a small yard with a variety of horses, arenas and a classroom complete with audiovisual facilities.


This is a comfortable and professional space for learning where you are always guaranteed a friendly welcome.

​Gillian has many bones, skeletons and anatomical models in the teaching barn for you to view and handle.


Being able to bring horses into the teaching barn alongside the anatomical models really helps to combine the theory and the practice! 

Venue and Horses

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