Assessing Posture and Movement

CPD Course for Professional Equine Therapists


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

assessing horse posture and movement

This course is ideal for qualified therapists wishing to hone their assessment skills and explore new ones to add to their toolbox.


It is a mix of theory, observation, practical demonstrations and small group 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.

To evaluate the horse effectively it is essential to have a thorough understanding of the principles of anatomy, biomechanics, conformation and posture.

With these principles in mind, the course will evaluate and consider:


Postural weaknesses

Assessment methods

Muscle development

Muscular strengths and weaknesses

Skeletal posture, CPD course for professional therapists

Stability versus flexibility


Movement & compensation patterns

Balance, strength and stability


Gait irregularities

Subtle lameness


0830:  Registration and Coffee

0900:  Welcome, Introduction and Theory

0930:  Postural Assessment: Classroom Session

1100:    Break

1130:    Assessing Movement: Video-based

            Classroom Session

1300:   Lunch

1345:   Assessing Posture and Movement in Hand:

            Practical Demonstration

1415:    Assessing Posture and Movement in Hand:

            Practical Session

1500:   Break

1530:   Assessing Movement on the Lunge:

            Practical Session

1630:   Discussion

1700:   Close


Certificates of Participation will be issued for 8 hours per day.

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.

Familiarity with and an understanding of the movement and the superficial muscles of the horse is useful for this course.




Assessing Posture and Movement

CPD Course for Professional Equine 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 posture. She specialises in assessing the musculo skeletal systems and designing exercise programmes for improving posture and performance as well as assessing and addressing individual horses’ weaknesses. 

Gillian Higgins, horse anatomy, therapist, coach, professional

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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