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Riding from the Anatomical Perspective - Lecture Demonstration

As soon as we sit on our horse's backs we compromise his posture and ability to move and balance, and increase the strain on his joints, tendons and ligaments. It is vital that we recognise how the horse supports posture and musculoskeletal system. From there we can look at ways to strengthen his body in preparation for a rider and performance whatever the discipline.


Improving our equine partner's fitness, posture, strength and suppleness are key to preparing and future proofing the body. There are many ways we as rider's can help to reduce the burden we place on our horse's backs and this is something we explore in much greater detail in this lecture demonstration.


This jam-packed lecture demonstration appeals to all riders whatever the level or discipline and will help improve your riding and ensure your horse is happy and healthy.


There are 3 horses involved in this lecture demonstration. Event rider Fiona Davidson rides one of her young horses, Gillian's horse, Arty, helps to illustrate the role of the thoracic sling muscles and also, the newest member of the Horses Inside Out team, Toby makes his first appearance, helping to illustrate the role of the breathing muscles.

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Price: £20
Running Time: 1 hour, 10 mins
Approved CPD training (2 points) with the British Horse Society
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This on-demand lecture demonstration was originally published on 6th October 2021 and is the 2nd episode in the lecture demonstration series.

Course Structure

Good Back Posture

You'll learn what it is and the four main ways the horse maintains and supports good back posture:

  1. Positioning of the head

  2. The recruitment of muscles – which muscles need to be well toned

  3. The thoracic sling muscles

  4. Positioning of the hindleg

Learn exercises and techniques riders can do to strengthen the body and improve posture. These exercises are suitable for all horses whatever their age.


Gain techniques and understanding to ride in better harmony with your horse. Gillian also discusses tack, the good and the bad, the anatomy underneath it, the rider’s position and balance and how that can effect the horse in a positive or negative way.

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