Assessing Posture and Movement

CPD Course for Equestrian Professionals

Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th May 2022

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

Good posture is vital for the health, comfort and performance of every horse. Posture is influenced by many things including exercise, training, musculoskeletal comfort, management, hoof balance, pain, behaviour and of course the rider!


Movement is affected by his posture, asymmetry, comfort and conformation.


As a professional, having the ability to recognise postural weaknesses and movement irregularities early on can help prevent problems occurring. To do this accurately you need a thorough understanding of the principles of anatomy, biomechanics, conformation, and posture.

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This course will give you the necessary skills to systematically assess horse posture and movement. It is ideal for equine therapists, therapy students, coaches, instructors, farriers, and judges wishing to hone their skills and better understand posture, biomechanics and movement.


Through her work as a professional equine therapist assessing the posture of hundreds of horses and as an educator, Gillian has devised a clear system for assessing both equine posture and movement which she will share with you on this course.


Using a mix of theory, observation, practical demonstrations and small group sessions this course will boost your knowledge of this subject. There is also the opportunity to share information and discuss interesting or challenging cases with other practitioners in a relaxed and supportive environment.

The course will evaluate and consider:

  • Postural weaknesses

  • Methods of assessment 

  • Muscle development

  • Muscular strengths and weaknesses

  • Stability versus flexibility

  • Movement & compensation patterns

  • Balance, strength and stability

  • Asymmetry

  • Gait irregularities

  • Subtle lameness

There will be plenty of discussion and hands-on participation. The course truly is a mix of theory and practical observation as the facilities at Wavendon, allow horses to come into the classroom to join us.

This helps to bring the theory to life!

This course is a brilliant follow on from the
Online webinar: Understanding and Assessing Posture

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

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Provisional Timetable



0900:  Registration and Coffee

0930:  Welcome and Introduction


09.45:  The Importance of Posture

Classroom Session

1100:    Break

1130:    A System for Assessing Posture

Classroom Session

1300:   Lunch

1400:   Assessing Posture

Practical Session

1500:   Break

1530:   Assessing Dynamic Posture

Practical Session

1600:   Discussion

1630:   Close


0930:  The Walk. Biomechanics, irregularities and improvement methods -Video Based Session

1030:  Assessing Walk - Practical Session

1100:    Break

1130:  The Trot and Canter. Biomechanics, irregularities and improvement methods -Video Based Session

1215:   Assessing Trot & Canter - Practical Session

1300:   Lunch

1400:   Bending, Backing up and Transitions

1500:   Break

1520:   The Ridden Horse - Practical Assessment Session

1615:   Discussion

1630:   Close


Certificates of Participation will be issued

(15 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.


All participants must provide proof of an professional equine qualification or relevant college attendance.

To get the most out of this course it is recommended you read: Posture and Performance

and watch the recorded webinar Understanding and Assessing Posture



Prices include VAT

Assessing Posture and Movement

CPD Course for Professionals


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 posture. She specialises in assessing the musculoskeletal systems and designing exercise programmes for improving posture and performance as well as assessing and addressing individual horses’ weaknesses. 

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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.


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! 

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All of Gillian's courses are supported by a wealth of photographs and video footage taken from years worth of work including footage of her anatomically painted horses and from her dissections.


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 discuss on this course.

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