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Biomechanics of Transitions - On-Demand Webinar

Whether upward, downward, direct, progressive, between or within the pace, riding correct transitions are far from easy – yet they are worth practising and perfecting.


Performed well, transitions are a good strengthening exercise, particularly for the carrying, controlling and ‘sitting’ ability of the hindlimbs. 


Having the ability to ride correct transitions is a key skill for improving the horse's balance, suppleness, understanding of aids, harmony and ultimately collection. Understanding how the horse makes transitions from a biomechanical point of view is crucial in acheiving this. 


In this on-demand webinar Gillian explains and illustrates, with her signature anatomically painted horses in high-definition slow-motion video, the biomechanics of the limb sequence and balance transfer that are both key to achieving a quality transition. She also addresses causes of problems within transitions and how to solve them.


Gillian gives you the knowledge and skills you need to ride effortless harmonious transitions that will improve engagement, strength, balance, body control and posture. You’ll also learn in-hand and ridden exercises, and mobilisation techniques as well as Pilates exercises, that will all help you improve transitions whether you’re a trainer, rider or therapist.

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Price: £10
Running Time: 2 hours, 30 mins
Approved CPD training (2 points) with the British Horse Society
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This on-demand webinar was originally recorded on the

 2nd November 2022 and is episode 2 of series 4.

Course Structure

Following an introduction this on-demand webinar covers:-


  • Defining Transitions

  • Benefits of Transitions

  • Transitions In Hand

  • Head and Neck Contribution to Transitions

  • Thoracic Sling Contribution to Transitions

  • Hindlimb Contribution and Action

  • Pole work Exercises to Improve Transitions

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