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12 Days of Christmas - Day 5: Bumper Learning

Updated: Jun 23, 2022

For day five we have an absolute corker of a gift idea for you. This video collection is aimed at horse owners, trainers, and therapists. It allows you to learn from the comfort of your own home.

This complete collection of series 1 and 2 webinars is available at a special price of just £80.

This comprehensive video courses comprises of over 19 hours of learning. Once purchased you will have lifetime access so you can watch the videos anytime and as many times as you like.

gillian higgins horses inside out montage photographs series 1 and 2

Just a Little Taster....

These webinars are full of great information and to give you an idea, here's a little snippet from the Understanding your Horse's Back video.

Whatever we do with our horses, we want them to have a strong, supple and healthy back. In modern day sport, horses are often pushed to their physiological limits and the back is exposed to a lot of stress and strain.

The horses back has evolved to carry weight, but not the weight of the rider - the weight of the heavy digestive system and it also connects the forehand and the hindquarters. Back movement is affected by the movement of the limbs, the head, neck and ribcage. So, if there's asymmetry or discomfort in the limbs this is transferred to the back.

gillian higgins horses inside out panited horse skeleton cantering loose schooling

We ask our horses to perform incredible feats, very often with an asymmetrical and sometimes unbalanced load on their backs - the rider and even sometimes with restricting tack too. As riders we want to do everything we possibly can to keep our horses backs comfortable and performing well.

There are four types of movement available within the spine:

gillian higgins horses inside out painted horse overhead view lateral flexion
  1. Lateral flexion - side to side movement .

  2. Rotation - a twisting movement.

  3. Flexion - rounding of the horse's back, the head goes down, the tail tucks under and the pelvis tilts a little bit.

  4. Extension - where the head and tail goes up, and the back goes down.

This package includes nine videos:-

Understanding Your Horse's Back

A two -part video that’s packed with information, tips and exercises related to the anatomy, biomechanics, structure and function of the horse’s back.

You’ll learn that good back posture is key to good performance as well as a happy healthy horse.

Pilates for Horses

Gillian explains how this equine based conditioning system can increase core stability, strength, flexibility, coordination, and body awareness.

You’ll learn how to perform specific exercises correctly, so you can help keep your horse strong supple and injury free.

Poles for Posture

Polework is excellent for maintaining and improving posture and contributing to a healthy, mobile, fully functioning musculoskeletal system.

Gillian demonstrates a variety of different exercises, pole configurations and explains how polework can develop balance, flexibility, coordination, lateral flexion, strength and control.

Understanding Muscles and Fascia

When our muscles are stiff, overworked, or sore, we know we cannot perform at our best. It is the same for the horse. Discover how the different types of muscle contractions affect your horse’s way of going and learn practical ways you can care for the myofascial unit for enhanced comfort, wellbeing, and performance.

Understanding Your Horse's Neck

This thought-provoking lecture reveals how the position of your horse’s head and neck influences back position, outline, movement, performance, comfort, welfare and way of going.

It also looks at the anatomy and location of the cervical vertebrae, spinal cord, cervical nerves, muscles, fascia and ligaments within the neck and explains how these structures have an enormous anatomical and biomechanical influence on your horse’s movement.

Understanding and Assessing Posture

Learn how good posture minimises the risk of muscular problems, back pain, muscle fatigue and injury. Understand what good or bad posture is and how good management, in-hand exercises and correct riding will improve your horse’s musculoskeletal comfort, longevity, flexibility, and efficiency.

Skeletal Maturity and Exercises for Young Horses

This lecture takes a fascinating look at how youngsters, regardless of conformation or type, develop both muscularly and skeletally.

Gillian compares skeletons with both open and closed growth plates and looks at different activities and exercises to help prepare young horses for future ridden work. The exercises demonstrated are useful for horses of all ages and particularly for those coming back into work after injury.

Polework and Gymnastic Jumping

Prepare to be inspired and motivated as Gillian explains the biomechanics of how the horse jumps and helps you assess your own horse and which exercises will benefit him the most.

It begins by looking at the biomechanics of how the horse canters and then focusses on canter poles, bounces and gymnastic jumping.

A host of polework and jumping configurations are demonstrated, so you’ll learn how to ride them and how they benefit your horse.

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