About Gillian

BSc First Class Honours Degree, BHS Senior Coach, Dip (RM) MSM, ITEC (equine), MCAM, MIAS, MRAMP.

 

Gillian is passionate about horses, 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.

Anatomist

"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 and she is now proud to run annual dissection workshops through the aptly named ‘Horses Inside Out’.

 
 

Coach

& 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.

 

 

She 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.

Presenter

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 visited the U.S. and Australia as well as many European countries.

 

Nearer home she has presented at Hartpury and other Equestrian Colleges, Veterinary groups, equine centres, livery yards and riding clubs.

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.

 

She specialises in assessing the musculo skeletal systems 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.

 
 

Education

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.

Training & Qualifications

  • British Horse Society Senior Coach and Stable Managers 

  • 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

 

Anatomical Artist

Gillian’s work is characterised by her signature paintings of anatomical systems on live horses.

 

She has also painted a number of large models for organisations and charities as well as  producing some quirky equine anatomical drawings and prints.

 

Following a partnership with the sculptor Judy Boyt, Gillian and Judy now run anatomical courses for sculptors as well as  producing anatomical models for teaching and as  pieces of art in their own right. 

Author

Gillian has written 7 books. ‘How Your Horse Moves’,

‘Anatomy for Performance’ and ‘Posture for Performance' have been published by international publishing houses and are available in several languages.

 

The remainder are self published by Horses Inside Out. Gillian has also produced two DVDs: Movement from the Anatomical Perspective and Pilates for Horses.

 

In 2018 Gillian was commissioned to write the anatomy chapters for the new Stage 2, 3 and 4 British Horse Society training manuals.

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horses inside out on the BBC

Awards

British Horse Society Merit Award 2018

 

Society of Master Saddlers Membership 2018
 

 Membership of the Institute of Anatomical Sciences 2016

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Honorary Lifetime Membership to the International Association of Equine Biomechanics 2016

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Honorary Lifetime Membership to the Equine Therapies Association of Australia for contribution to the horse industry 2014

Finalist for the Equine Social Media Awards in 2012

Knowledge West’s Best Business Award in 2008

 

Rider

Having ridden and competed up to Advanced level British Eventing, Gillian is currently concentrating on bringing on her youngster, Artistic Flair.

 

She has also competed in Team Chasing, British Dressage and British Show jumping.

 

As a student she represented Great Britain at the Student Rider’s Nations Cup in Austria and in Canada 2006 where she achieved Individual Gold for dressage.

 

Gillian currently owns 2 horses, Freddie Fox and Artistic Flair.

 

Charity Work

We are always particularly delighted to be booked by charities wishing to raise money for their organisations.

These have included Riding for the Disabled, World Horse Welfare, individuals raising money for the Air Ambulance, the Hippotherapy Centre at Clwyd North Wales and the Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy where young people learn to communicate, travel independently, manage money, and gain a better understanding of numeracy and literacy through riding and caring for horses.

Gillian has also painted a number of large anatomical models which have then been auctioned for charity. These have included The Cirencester Hare project – a scheme supporting conservation in the Cotswolds.

 

The Sheffield Elephant trail supporting The Children’s Hospital Trust and pony for the World Horse Welfare’s Invisible Horse Project.

 
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