About the Team

Our Horses

Freddie Fox and event rider Gillian Higgins

Freddie Fox

Freddie is a very special retired 24yo Hanovarian x TB event horse. The pinnacle of his career was an intermediate win at Gatcombe.


With a wonderful inquisitive, loving nature and as the original Horses Inside Out demonstration horse, Freddie travelled with us starring in demonstrations and always loving to be the centre of attention.


He has featured on television and is always a great favourite. You will see Freddie on the front cover of Gillian's books and DVDs.


Now retired, he enjoys a great life hacking and being thoroughly spoilt!



Freddie Fox with event rider Gillian Higgins at Gatcombe Park Intermediate
Horse Artistic Flair, Star of Anatomy in Action, anatomically painted horse for Horses Inside Out

Artistic Flair

Artistic Flair (Arty for short) is a playful 17hh 9yo Irish Sports Horse. 

Arty is a good allrounder. He does unnaffiliated, dressage, showjumping, eventing, hacking and fun rides.


He has a modelling career with Horses Inside Out and is a star in Gillian's latest book Anatomy in Action.

Arty is full of energy, loves to play and always entertains people that have met him on practical day courses.

Having bought him as a 3yo, Gillian has enjoyed the journey producing him.

Artistic Flair, the star of Horses Inside Out 2020. Anatomy in Action
adopted from the Blue Cross, Pumpernickel joined the Horses Inside Out team in 2019


Pumpernickel is a 5 year old 12.2hh cob.


Having joined us in September 2019, Pumpernickel is the newest member of the team. Adopted from the Blue Cross, Pumpernickel will be a companion for Freddie Fox and a familiar face on many of the practical Horses Inside Out courses held at Wavendon Grange.

Having had a rough start in life we are pleased to give this little chap a purpose and happy home. He is already demonstrating his skills at Pilates and polework.


Blue cross rescue pony, Pumpernickel was adopted and joined the Horses Inside Out team in 2019

Behind the Scenes


Shirley Higgins

Shirley is responsible for all bookings and course applications. If you are considering arranging a Horses Inside Out demonstration Shirley will be the first point of contact.


She will go through all aspects of arranging your demonstration, assist with marketing and generally be there to provide support and answer any questions you may have.

Shirley also has a valuable role in editing Gillian's books.

Shirley Higgins, administratory for Horses Inside Out

David Higgins

David is in charge of the bookshop. So if your order something in our online shop it will be David who lovingly packs it and sends it to you! 

David also assists at many of the live lecture demonstrations.

David rides Freddie. Although now long retired from competition, hacking him out once or twice a week helps to keep him mobile and mentally stimulated.

David Higgins, Horses Inside Out bookshop manager and rider


I am proud to be sponsored by and ride in a WOW saddle. As a rider, anatomist and biomechanist, saddle fit and design is really important to me.


Having ridden up to advanced level eventing I know how important it is to have a saddle that allows maximum freedom of movement through the back.


After the neck, tail and lumbosacral junction, the most flexible part of the spine is between the 13th thoracic and 1st lumbar vertebra. This is directly underneath where we sit which means our weight, together with the saddle, can hamper this movement.


This, added to the fact that horses continually change shape, presents a real problem for saddle makers and riders.


The flair system used by WOW together with the variable head plates and panels designed by David Kempsell, makes this system truly adjustable.


It is worth taking some time to look at all the design features on their website

rider in skeleton body suit, sponsored by Wow saddles

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The majority of the Horses Inside Out photos are taken by David and Gillian Higgins. We also work regularly with: