top of page

Understanding the Horse's Lower Leg

Anatomy and Biomechanics of Tendons and Ligaments
Tendinopathy Management and Rehabilitation

with Gillian Higgins and Dr Seth O'Neill


In this on-demand seminar we 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 seminar gives 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 beautifully illustrates the anatomy of the tendons and ligaments of the lower limb, and how to feel and assess them with the help of anatomical models and live horse legs. Also, with the help of her signature anatomically painted horses and slow motion videos, study the biomechanics, movement and function of tendons and ligaments in different gaits and movements as well as jumping.

Seth describes what we know about tendinopathy and the factors that lead to its development.  This draws on the latest knowledge and cutting edge understanding of human and equine disorders. Seth covers how we should use this knowledge in order to prevent and treat tendinopathy in the elite equine athlete and challenges current equestrian practises.

IMGQ3959 (1).jpg
Anchor 1

What's Included

Video Lecture Presentations:-

  • Tendon Anatomy, Palpation and Biomechanics
    with Gillian Higgins (
    1hr 15mins)

  • Tendon Injury and Tendinopathy Management with Dr Seth O'Neill (1hr 45mins)

Question and Answer Sessions

Certificate of Participation

Lifetime Access

Approved CPD training (2 points) with the BHS



To get the most out of this seminar read the chapter on connective tissue in

Horse Anatomy for Performance.

Horse Anatomy for Performance book by Gillian Higgins.jpg

Buy Now

buy now

Tendons & Ligaments



Anchor 2

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.

Seth .jpg

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:

dr andrew hemmings giving a talk

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.


bottom of page