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Understanding the Horse's Lower Leg

Anatomy and Biomechanics of Tendons and Ligaments
Tendinopathy Management and Rehabilitation

Friday 24th March 2023
A Live Online Seminar
with Gillian Higgins and Dr Seth O'Neill

In this live online seminar we will study the anatomy and biomechanics of the lower leg in detail and focus on tendon injury and its prevention, early detection, management and rehabilitation.

This webinar will give you a better understanding of:-

  • your horse's lower leg

  • the tendons and ligaments of the lower limb

  • reducing the risk of injury

  • improving performance

  • designing appropriate training regimes

  • managing your horse's tendons and ligaments effectively

Understanding the anatomy and biomechanics of the tendons and ligaments of the lower limb is key for all riders, coaches and therapists wishing for the best equestrian performance and health. Gillian will illustrate the anatomy of the tendons and ligaments of the lower limb, and how to feel and assess them. Also, with the help of her signature anatomically painted horses and slow motion videos, you’ll study the biomechanics, movement and function of tendons and ligaments in different gaits and movements as well as jumping.

Seth will describe what we know about tendinopathy and the factors that lead to its development.  This will draw on the latest knowledge and cutting edge understanding of human and equine disorders. Seth will cover how we should use this knowledge in order to prevent and treat tendinopathy in the elite equine athlete.

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16.15:   Webinar Opens for Chat

16.45:   Introduction

17.00:   Tendon Biomechanics with Gillian Higgins

17.40:   Question and Answer Session

18.00:   Break

18.15:    Tendon Injury and Tendinopathy Management with Dr Seth O'Neill

19.00:   Question and Answer Session

19.30:   Close


What's included

This online event will be hosted via zoom.


The day before the event you will receive an email inviting you to register with zoom for the event.

Handouts will be sent via email the day before the event.

The webinar will open 30 minutes before lectures start at 16.45 to give you plenty of time to log on.

14-day access to the zoom recording is included in the ticket price and will be sent via email after the event.

Certificates of participation will be sent by email after the event.

Who is this course for?

Everyone is welcome!


This online seminar is aimed at professionals and students within the equine industry. Whether you are a vet, behaviourist, trainer, coach, rider, therapist, hoof care or saddlery professional this is a great course for you.


To get the most out of this online seminar it is recommended that you read the chapter on connective tissue in

Horse Anatomy for Performance.

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Ticket Price £35

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Dr Seth O'Neill

Seth is an associate Professor and research director in the school of healthcare at the University of Leicester. He is a physiotherapist by background and still clinically works consulting for elite sports, armed forces and regular people.  He has a PhD on tendinopathy, within this Seth has identified prevalence rates of tendinopathy in UK runners and developed a greater understanding of risk factors surrounding Achilles tendinopathy. His later work has completed a more in-depth analysis of how tendinopathy affects the Plantarflexors. This work has highlighted the involvement of the Soleus muscle in human Achilles tendinopathy. Seth has several PhD students at present examining Achilles tendinopathy in elite sports and Achilles Tendon Ruptures and Rehabilitation.

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Course Leaders

Andrew has presented at a number of our annual conferences over the years and he always delivers a fascinating lecture full of useful informations and usable techniques as well as his latest sceintific research with enthusiasm and an enthrauling and dynamic style.

Here is a blog article from a delegate on his presentation at our 2020 annual conference:

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Gillian Higgins

Gillian Higgins, founder and principal lecturer of Horses Inside Out, is an anatomist, biomechanist lecturer and author. Gillian is passionate about horses, anatomy and sharing all she knows for the good of the horse. Having competed up to advanced level eventing and achieved her BHS Senior Coach and completed multiple therapy qualifications.

Gillian is in a great place to apply anatomy to riding, training and therapy.


Over the years Gillian has created anatomical models and sculptures as well as a vast video and photo collection of anatomically painted horses moving and performing. This includes some fantastic close-up footage of lower limbs painted with the joints, tendons and ligaments in all 3 gaits and performing polework and a variety of jump size and type. These will be used to illustrate the biomechanics element of her presentation.


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