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Applied Anatomy and Biomechanics

2 Day Course for Riders and Coaches

with Gillian Higgins

Next Date TBA

Wavendon Grange, Lawn Lane, Old Dalby, Leicestershire, LE14 3LW


The key to effective and sympathetic training requires a thorough understanding of anatomy, biomechanics and posture.

With a greater knowledge of biomechanics and posture it will further enhance your understanding of training and riding – taking your skills to a whole new level.

This course is of interest to coaches, professional equestrians and riders, in fact, anyone who would like to appreciate the relevance of applied anatomy and biomechanics to improve riding, training and how the horse moves.

Course Trailer

Using slow-motion video of painted horses, you will see exactly what’s happening under the skin. This will help your understanding of this complex subject.

The course also looks at practical aspects of applied biomechanics and anatomical principles of movement related to the horse. Plus, we’ll take an in-depth look at the structure and function of the equine body and relate it to the way of going.

There will be plenty of discussion and hands-on participation – using a mix of theory and practical observation. Also, the unique facilities at Wavendon, allow horses to come into the classroom to join us and help bring the topic to life.

Key Points

In this course we will look in detail at:

  • Joint range of movement

  • Postural problems and how to avoid them

  • How to assess the gaits and spot irregularities

  • Myofascial connections related to training and posture

  • Skeletal maturity and appropriate exercises for young horses

  • Assessing dynamic posture and asymmetry

  • Ridden exercises to improve performance