Joint Mobilisations and Musculoskeletal Testing

2 Day CPD Course for Professional Equine Therapists

Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th September 2022

Wavendon Grange, Lawn Lane, Old Dalby, Leicestershire. LE14 3LW

'If you don't use it you lose it!' Active and passive joint movement is key to maintaining range of movement and joint health.


Because muscles move joints by pulling on tendons, it is important to understand the anatomically normal range of movement before we can recognise an impaired range of movement. In this course we will examine how to assess subtle changes and recognise abnormalities in soft tissues and joints.  We can then follow a course of musculoskeletal testing before performing appropriate mobilisation techniques.

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This course is ideal for qualified therapists from all disciplines wishing to revise mobilisation techniques or explore new ones to add to their toolbox.


It is a mix of theory, practical demonstrations and small group hands-on practical sessions.


It also provides the opportunity to network, share information and discuss interesting or challenging cases with other practitioners in a relaxed and supportive environment.

During this course, Gillian will systematically examine joint anatomy, mobility and range of movement, assess flexibility versus stability, consider how practitioners can best protect their own musculoskeletal system and demonstrate a variety of advanced techniques to include...

Passive and active joint mobilisations


The use of reflexes

Passive and active stretches

Rhythmic over pressure techniques

Stability tests and techniques

This course is a useful sequel to the Interactive Applied Anatomy Course​​

If you would like to read another therapists review of the day check out this blog article:

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All courses are supported by a wealth of photographs and video footage from dissections and anatomically painted horse photoshoots.


Also on the day of the course you will have access to Gillian's large collection of bones and anatomical models. This ensures that you will be better able to visualise the structures we influence with the techniques on this course.

Provisional Timetable



09.00:  Registration and Coffee

09.30:  Introduction

09.45:  Theory of Joint Movement and
             Musculoskeletal Testing

11.00:    Break 

11.30:    Techniques for the Head and Neck

             Demonstration and Practical Session

13.00:   Lunch

14.00:   Techniques for the Thoracic Limb

             Demonstration and Practical Session

15.00:   Break

15.30:   Techniques for the Back

             Demonstration and Practical Session

16.30:   Close


09.00:  Coffee

09.30:  Questions and Discussion

10.00:   Techniques for the Back

             Demonstration and Practical Session


11.00:    Break

11.30:    Pelvis and Sacroiliac Techniques

             Demonstration and Practical Session

12.30:   Lunch

13.30:   Hindlimb Techniques

14.30:   Break

15.00:   Whole Horse Techniques

16.00:   Discussion

16.30:   Close


All participants must provide proof of professional equine therapy qualification and current professional indemnity insurance.

Recommended Reading

It is recommended that you read 
Posture and Performance

and watch the recorded webinar: Understanding and Assessing Posture


Certificates of Participation (CPD) will be emailed after the course. Course notes will be provided.

Tea, coffee, home-made cakes and a light lunch of sandwiches, crisps and fruit is included.

This course is held both inside and out so please bring appropriate warm clothes for a day out on the yard.

This course is limited to 14 people to ensure small groups and individual attention.

Course Price


Recommended Reading

Prices include VAT


Early Bird Ticket

Purchase before 30th April to take advantage of the discount



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This course is run at the Horses Inside Out headquarters, Wavendon Grange near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire. The facilities at this central UK location include a small yard with a variety of horses, arenas and classroom complete with audio visual facilities. This is a comfortable and professional space for learning where you are always guaranteed a friendly welcome.

​Gillian has many bones, skeletons and anatomical models in the teaching barn for you to view and handle. Being able to bring horses into the teaching barn along side the anatomical models really helps to combine the theory and the practice!