Developing Palpation

CPD Course for Professional Equine Therapists

Thursday and Friday 9th and 10th June 2022

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

CPD course for professional equine therapists, anatomy, palpation, location feeling

 Good palpation skills require a sound knowledge of anatomy, the ability to visualise what is under the skin and an understanding of how and what to feel.

Only once we can appreciate the norm, is it possible to detect subtle changes and abnormalities in the horse. Detecting changes early is key to preventing further problems. Accurate palpation enables us to deliver the best therapy techniques in each situation.

On this course we evaluate the muscle, fascia, bones, tendons, attachment points and membranes that you can actually feel on the horse and with the help of bones, skeletons, anatomy models, anatomical paintings, dissection photos and videos enable you to clearly visualise what is happening under the skin.

You will also learn how to improve your sensory and intuitive palpation capability.

This course is ideal for qualified therapists from all disciplines wishing to revise anatomy, improve palpation skills and develop palpation techniques.


This course 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 examine the importance of anatomy, bones, joints, muscle, myofascial chains, fascial connections, compensation patterns and demonstrate methods for palpating structures.

Developing and refining palpation awareness


Improving anatomical palpation of bony landmarks


Improving anatomical palpation of muscular structures

Developing intuitive palpation skills

Palpation and Testing Fascia

Dynamic Palpation Techniques

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This course is supported by a wealth of photographs and video footage from dissections and photoshoots.


Also during 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 anatomical structures palpated.

And with so many bones and anatomy models to hand Gillian has examples of almost all structures, problems and abnormalities!

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


Provisional Timetable


Day 1

0830:  Registration and Coffee

0900:  Welcome, Introduction and Theory

0930:  The Importance of Anatomy in Therapy

            Classroom Session


1100:    Break

1130:    Developing Intuitive Palpation Skills

            Practical Session


1300:   Lunch

1400:   Skeletal Anatomy Palpation - Spine

            Practical Session

1500:   Break

1530:   Skeletal Anatomy Palpation - Limbs

            Practical Session

1630:   Discussion

1700:   Close

Day 2

0845:  Coffee

0900:  Muscular Anatomy of the Spine

            Classroom session

0930:  Muscular Anatomy Palpation - Neck

            and forelimbs - Practical Session

1100:    Break

1130:    Muscular Anatomy Palpation - Back

            Practical Session


1300:   Lunch

1400:   Muscular Anatomy Palpation - Hindend

            Practical Session

1500:   Break

1530:   Recognising Pain and tension

            Practical Session


1630:   Discussion

1700:   Close


This course is designed for professional equine therapists as it requires a knowledge of soft tissue anatomy. However therapy students will be considered on a case by case basis so please email to enquire if you would like to attend.

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

Revision of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and joints is useful for this course.

Recommended Reading:


Anatomy and Myofascial Chapters of Posture and Performance


Certificates of Participation will be issued for 16 hours.

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



Prices include VAT


Developing Palpation and Advanced Soft Tissue Techniques

CPD for Professional Therapists



Course Leader


Gillian is an equine anatomist, biomechanist, BHS Senior Coach, professional Sports and Remedial Therapist and author with a first class honours degree in Equine Science and Business Management.


Gillian is passionate about anatomy. She believes knowledge of what you are working with and being able to accurately feel and palpate anatomical structures in the horse helps make a great therapist. 

Gillian Higgins, professional therapist, CPD courses for professionals

Gillian has studied a variety of equine and human modalities both traditional and holistic.

As well as conventional training, Gillian has studied Equine Therapies in America, France, Germany and Sweden and is committed to giving our equine partners the best possible levels of care and consideration.


Gillian works with horses from all disciplines and levels from leisure to Olympic and they all benefit from her honed anatomical palpation skills.

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