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Wed, 05 May



Skeletal Maturity and Exercises for Young Horses

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Skeletal Maturity and Exercises for Young Horses
Skeletal Maturity and Exercises for Young Horses

Time & Location

05 May 2021, 19:30 – 23:30


About This Event

Skeletal Maturity has always been one of our most popular topics. Understanding this aspect of anatomy has a very important bearing on how and at what age do we start our horses. For how long do we ride them at first? How much weight can they carry? At what age do the growth plates fuse? Does the skeleton mature at the same rate across all breeds and types? Do we consider skeletal maturity when we ‘start’ our horses for their good or to fulfil our aspirations as riders, owners, therapists? When can the skeletons of event horses take the strain of landing from a high drop fence? At what age is a dressage horse mature enough to carry his weight as he ‘sits’ behind? The answers to these and numerous more questions are many and varied and can spark lively debate. Join us to take part.

In this webinar we will be looking at the facts that surround skeletal maturity and consider how we as riders, owners, coaches, trainers and therapists, can prepare our youngsters for the best possible start to their career. We will look at groundwork exercises and ways to prepare their musculoskeletal system for action; how to develop strength, how to set him on the road to a life with good posture and how to minimise the risk of injury as he matures. Although the exercises demonstrated in this webinar are essentially for young horses, they are also useful for horses returning to work following injury. We look forward to seeing you.


For just £10 you can watch the webinar live, ask questions and interact with the Q&A session.

On the the Tuesday preceding the event you will receive an email inviting you to register for the event - just follow the instructions!

We will open the webinar 30 minutes before it starts to give you plenty of time to log on.

The day after the webinar, we will send you a link which enables you to watch the recording for the next 7 days. 

If you would prefer to purchase a life time recording, also £10, and useful if you live in a different time zone, you can do so here:

Certificates of Participation will be issued after the webinar. If you would like this webinar to contribute to your BHS CPD please email with your request and your BHS membership number the day before the webinar.


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