Developing Palpation

CPD Course for Professional Equine Therapists

1st and 2nd July 2021

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

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

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


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


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


Certificates of Participation will be issued for 16 hours.

Course notes will be provided.

Tea, coffee, home-made cakes and a light lunch is included.


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.


Course Price



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 is a member of the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners and the Equine Sports Massage Association.

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