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Assessing Posture and Movement

2 Day Course for Horse Owners, Riders and Equestrian Professionals

with Gillian Higgins

Next Date TBA

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


Good posture is vital for the health, comfort and performance of every horse. Posture is influenced by many things including exercise, training, musculoskeletal comfort, management, hoof balance, pain, behaviour and of course the rider!


Movement is affected by his posture, asymmetry, comfort and conformation.


As a professional, having the ability to recognise postural weaknesses and movement irregularities early on can help prevent problems from occurring. To do this accurately you need a thorough understanding of the principles of anatomy, biomechanics, conformation, and posture.

Course Trailer

This course will give you the necessary skills to systematically assess horse posture and movement. It is ideal for equine therapists, therapy students, coaches, instructors, farriers, and judges wishing to hone their skills and better understand posture, biomechanics and movement.


Through her work as a professional equine therapist assessing the posture of hundreds of horses and as an educator, Gillian has devised a clear system for assessing both equine posture and movement which she will share with you on this course.


Using a mix of theory, observation, practical demonstrations and small group sessions this course will boost your knowledge of this subject. There is also the opportunity to share information and discuss interesting or challenging cases with other practitioners in a relaxed and supportive environment.

Key Points

The course will evaluate and consider:

  • Postural weaknesses

  • Methods of assessment 

  • Muscle development

  • Muscular strengths and weaknesses

  • Stability versus flexibility

  • Movement & compensation patterns

  • Balance, strength and stability

  • Asymmetry

  • Gait irregularities

  • Subtle lameness