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Principles of Movement - Lecture Demonstration

This series of four online lecture demonstrations will take you on a fascinating journey exploring how equine anatomy and biomechanics can be applied to movement, riding, training and management. If you're interested in improving the comfort and performance of horses, understanding more about how horses move and to reduce the risk of injury this series is for you. Filmed in Gillian's arena at Horses Inside Out HQ it is as if you are there too but you can access all of this from the comfort of your own home from anywhere in the world!

We begin our journey with Episode 1: The Principles of Movement. This focuses on the basic anatomy of how the horse moves in walk, trot and canter and how his conformation can affect these gaits.

As you would expect from Horses Inside Out this subject is brought to life by Gillian and the team painting the skeleton on one side of Gillian's horse Artistic Flair (Arty) and the muscle chains on the other side. This online lecture demonstration is full of tips and in-hand exercises that you can do with your own horse to help improve his performance.

Although each lecture demonstration can be viewed as a stand-alone event. However as we progress through the series each episode builds on the last, and introduces more anatomical structures and principles of biomechanics.

S1 E1 Understanding the Horse's back recorded webinar Gillian Higgins Horses Inside

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Price: £20
Running Time: 1 hour, 30 mins
Approved CPD training (2 points) with the British Horse Society

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This on-demand lecture demonstration was originally published on 15th September 2021 and is the 1st episode in the lecture demonstration series.

Course Structure

The Anatomy

The first half delves into the anatomy of the horse and demonstrates connections by doing some in-hand movements and exercises. To add another exciting element and to boost your learning of this fascinating subject Gillian uses real bones to illustrate their position and range of movement.

The Paces

In the second half you’ll see Arty on the lunge and Gillian discusses gait assessment and the biomechanics of how the horse creates movement.


Arty loves polework and demonstrates this beautifully. See the effect of poles on skeletal  and muscular movement, posture and way of going.


To finish Arty jumps on the lunge to demonstrate joint range of movement, biomechanical connections and athleticism.


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