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Joint Mobilisations and Musculoskeletal Testing

2 Day CPD Course for Professional Equine Therapists

with Gillian Higgins

Thursday 12th and Friday 13th September 2024

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


'If you don't use it you lose it!' 

Active and passive joint movement is key to maintaining range of movement and joint health.

Because muscles move joints by pulling on tendons, it is important to understand the anatomically normal range of movement before we can recognise an impaired range of movement.

In this course, we will examine how to assess subtle changes and recognise abnormalities in soft tissues and joints.

We can then follow a course of musculoskeletal testing before performing appropriate mobilisation techniques.

Course Trailer

This course is ideal for qualified therapists from all disciplines wishing to revise mobilisation techniques or explore new ones to add to their toolbox.

It is a mix of theory, practical demonstrations and small group hands-on practical sessions.

It also provides the opportunity to network, share information and discuss interesting or challenging cases with other practitioners in a relaxed and supportive environment.

This course is a useful sequel to the Interactive Applied Anatomy Course

If you would like to read another therapists review of the day check out this blog article.

Key Points

During this course, Gillian will systematically examine joint anatomy, mobility and range of movement, assess flexibility versus stability, consider how practitioners can best protect their own musculoskeletal system and demonstrate a variety of advanced techniques to include:-

  • Passive and active joint mobilisations

  • Translations

  • The use of reflexes

  • Passive and active stretches

  • Rhythmic over pressure techniques

  • Stability tests and techniques

Provisional Timetable



09.00: Registration and Coffee

09.30: Introduction

09.45: Theory of Joint Movement and
Musculoskeletal Testing

11.00: Break

11.30: Techniques for the Head and Neck
Demonstration and Practical Session

13.00: Lunch

14.00: Techniques for the Thoracic Limb
Demonstration and Practical Session​

15.00: Break

15.30: Techniques for the Back
Demonstration and Practical Session

16.30: Close


09.00: Coffee​

09.30: Questions and Discussion

10.00: Techniques for the Back
Demonstration and Practical Session

11.00: Break

11.30: Pelvis and Sacroiliac Techniques
Demonstration and Practical Session

12.30: Lunch

13.30: Hindlimb Techniques

14.30: Break

15.00: Whole Horse Techniques

16.00: Discussion

16.30: Close


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

Certificates of Participation (CPD) will be emailed after the course. Course notes will be provided.

Tea, coffee, home-made cakes and a light lunch of sandwiches, crisps and fruit is included.

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 14 people to ensure small groups and individual attention.


All participants must provide proof of professional equine therapy qualification and current professional indemnity insurance.

Recommended Viewing

It is recommended that you watch these on-demand presentations before the course:

Understanding and Assessing Posture

Understanding the Horse's Back

Understanding the Horse's Neck



Prices include VAT

Joint Mobilisations and Musculoskeletal Testing Course

12th and 13th September 2024


Course Leader


Gillian Higgins

Gillian 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 posture. She specialises in assessing the musculoskeletal systems and designing exercise programmes for improving posture and performance as well as assessing and addressing individual horses’ weaknesses. 

Gillian has studied a variety of equine and human modalities both traditional and holistic.


As well as 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 with horses from all disciplines and levels from leisure to Olympic.


Venue and Horses

Marvin pony skeleton head and neck

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.


Also on the day of the course, you will have access to Gillian's large collection of bones and anatomical models.


This ensures that you will be better able to visualise the structures we discuss on this course.

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! 

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