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About Gillian

Gillian Higgins, with her horses Freddie Fox and Artistic Flair. Gillian is an anatomist, therapist, BHS Senior Coach, anatomical artist and author

BSc First Class Honours Degree, BHS Senior Coach, Dip (RM) MSM, ITEC (equine), MCAM, MIAS, MRAMP.
Gillian is passionate about horses, equine anatomy and sharing all she knows for the good of the horse.
An authority in equine anatomy and biomechanics, a British Horse Society Senior Coach, professional sports and remedial therapist, author and with a first-class honours degree in Equine Science and Business Management.

Gillian specialises in assessing posture and movement, devising exercises for improving performance and educating horse owners.
She is well known for her anatomical painting on live horses which she uses for her teaching.

Gillian Higgins, founder of Horses Inside Out, anatomist, therapist, BHS Senior Coach, Anatomical artist, author and rider
Gillian explaining about the anatomy of the sacroiliac region of the horse. This lumbosacral region is a common location for pain, discomfort, injury and trauma in horses


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

With a fascination for applied 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 anatomy and attending dissection workshops have played a huge role in her understanding and growth. She is now proud to run annual dissection workshops through the aptly named ‘Horses Inside Out’.

Horse Skeleton cranial view

& Lecturer

As a British Horse Society Senior Coach with a bubbly, engaging presentation style, a passion for anatomy and biomechanics and with the welfare and comfort of the horse in mind, Gillian teaches, lectures and presents to groups large and small all over the world.
Gillian is in demand for conferences and courses for riders, therapists, saddlers, farriers, vet schools, artists, in fact, anyone keen to learn more about horse anatomy or biomechanics or who is looking to ride and train successfully in harmony.

In recent months Gillian has taken her lecturing online and now as well as live webinars, Gillian has produced a number of online video lectures which are available in our Academy.

Gillian Higgins, presents at a the Horses Inside Out Annual conference


Gillian is a popular presenter at conferences and with equine organisations.
 Amongst others, she has given demonstrations for the Household Cavalry, the British Horse Society, British Dressage, British Eventing, the Global Dressage Forum, the World Equestrian Games and the World Arabian Horse Organisation in Qatar.
She has also visited the United States and Australia as well as many European countries.
Nearer home she has presented at Hartpury College, the Royal Agricultural University and other equestrian colleges, veterinary groups, equine centres, livery yards and riding clubs.

Gillian has also presented a skeletally painted horse to Her Majesty The Queen

Gillian Higgins assesses equine movement and posture

Equine Therapist

Gillian has studied a variety of equine and human modalities both traditional and holistic.
As well as conventional training, Gillian has studied the equine therapy industry in America, France, Germany and Sweden and is committed to giving our equine partners the best possible levels of care and consideration.
Gillian specialises in assessing the musculoskeletal system and designing exercise programmes for improving posture and performances as well as assessing and addressing individual horses’ weaknesses. 
Gillian works with horses from all disciplines and levels from leisure to Olympic and is a member of the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners and the Equine Sports Massage Association.

Gillian Higgins is a professionally qualified Equine therapist. Here she is treating a horse with myofascial release techniques.


Gillian is continually updating her knowledge and qualifications, she regularly attends courses in all her fields of interest.
She works closely with Vets and regularly attends veterinary seminars and conferences. Gillian has represented the BHS in Sweden as part of the Leonardo Exchange programme designed to share knowledge with our European Counterparts.
This has given her valuable insight into alternative methods of training and treatments, the best of which she incorporates into her own practices.

Gillian is also a member of the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners, Equine Sports Massage Association, the Institute of Anatomical Sciences, the Association of McTimoney-Corley Spinal Therapists, the British Horse Society and the Society of Equestrian Artists.

Gillian Higgins, founder of Horses Inside Out with her horse Freddie Fox

Training & Qualifications

  • British Horse Society Senior Coach and Stable Manager 

  • First Class Honours Degree in Equine Science & Business Management from the Royal Agricultural University

  • Diploma in Sports and Remedial Massage and Manipulation from MMSM Nottingham

  • ITEC Diploma in Sports Massage from Mary Bromiley

  • Post Graduate Diploma in McTimoney-Corley Manipulation from the Oxford College of Equine Physical Therapy

  • Human and Equine KinesioTaping Practitioner Qualifications

  • Equine Biomechanics with Equine Energy

  • Myofascial Release Techniques

  • Body Master Training from Peak Sporting Performance

  • Anatomy Trains

  • Electrotherapy with Dr Tim Watson