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Skeletal Maturity and Exercises for Youngsters - On-Demand Webinar

This on-demand webinar on skeletal maturity looks at how youngsters, regardless of conformation or type, develop both muscularly and skeletally. 


Gillian explains exactly what growth plates are, what they look like and how and when they close. The age at which the growth plates close follow a pattern with all horses. 


Understanding this pattern can help us to design appropriate programs for young horses.


Gillian compares skeletons with both open and closed growth plates one from a 9yo warmblood dressage horse and the other from a 3 yo pony.


Gillian discusses the age at which young horses should be started and looks at different activities and exercises to help prepare young horses for future ridden work. 


Understanding skeletal maturity is key to developing a happy, healthy, posturally strong horse. 


The exercises demonstrated are useful for horses of all ages and particularly for those coming back into work after injury.

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

5th May 2021 and is episode 4 of series 2.

Course Structure

This online lecture is divided into 2 parts: 


1. Skeletal Maturity 


2. Exercises for Young Horses


  • For lateral stability

  • For strengthening back muscles and posture

  • For proprioception

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