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12 Days of Christmas - Day 6: Anatomy in Action - Transitions!

Updated: Jun 5

They say you shouldn't have favourites but it's a fact that here at Horses Inside Out we are all extremely proud of the book Anatomy in Action and quite rightly so.

The Anatomy in Action book and video course is the ultimate gift to give this Christmas. Whoever receives this as a gift will be able to immerse themselves in the beautiful and comprehensive study of horse movement from the anatomical perspective.


One key topic covered in this book is the role of good transitions. We all know when it comes to training horses using transitions regularly throughout each schooling session are extremely valuable.

Whether upward, downward, between, or within the pace transitions require an active change of footfall, limb sequence, speed, or gait. Performed well with the position of the withers in relation to the croup remaining constant, transitions are a good strengthening exercise, particularly for the carrying, controlling and sitting ability of the hindlimb.

Transitions require concentration from the rider, good preparation, and correct timing of the aids.

An effortless and harmonious transition is key to improving engagement, strength, balance, body control and posture of the horse.

gillian higgins horses inside out cover photograph book anatomy in action

Anatomy in Action will be of interest to trainers, coaches, therapists, vets, riders and equine professionals from all disciplines. ​Anatomy in Action is available as a beautiful, quality, hardback book, a detailed, high definition movement video course or both.

Illustrating the versatility, elegance, strength, beauty, and athletic prowess of the horse in motion, this is a resource to savour, scrutinise, analyse, interpret and relish for years to come.

Enjoy this large, striking, unique, fold-out anatomical catalogue of movements from Horses Inside Out. Compelling skeletal photographic images accompanied by concise explanations of each movement together with clever video links complete with the author's commentaries make this book a treasure trove of biomechanical insights for the amateur and professional alike.

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