We run webinars on the first Wednesday of the month.

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(Series 4)

the biomechanics of lateral work with Gillian higgins. An educational webinar for equestrians. exercise to improve lateral stability and supplenss, improve performance in dressage and musculoskeletal health.

The Biomechanics of Lateral Work
Exercises to improve lateral expression and stability

7.30pm (BST) Wednesday 5th October 2022

Leg-yield, shoulder-in, travers - all exercises that you use each time you school your horse. When ridden correctly these lateral movements can be powerful suppling exercises for the back, pelvis, thorax, neck and body.


Lateral movements require the horse to move sideways and forwards, whilst maintaining lateral flexion through the neck and body towards or away from the direction of travel. To perform them well requires balance, rhythm, impulsion, strength and suppleness. They are also dependent on the degree and control of elongation of the myofascial chains.


Whether you’re riding these movements to improve your horse’s way of going or because they are required in competition having a thorough understanding of exactly how your horse creates sideways movement will help you ride them more effectively. It’s also important to learn the biomechanical variations of different lateral movements such as leg-yield v’s half-pass, shoulder-in v’s renvers and travers – as well as recognising factors that challenge lateral movement


In this webinar Gillian explains the biomechanics of lateral work, bringing it to life with her signature anatomical painted horses and slow-motion videos. This is a unique opportunity to study this subject in great detail.


Gillian will also suggest massage and mobilisation techniques as well as Pilates, in-hand and ridden exercises that will improve your horse’s lateral work.


A must watch for all riders, coaches and therapists. At the end of this webinar not only will you have a better understanding of the biomechanics of lateral movements but also techniques for assessing and improving them.

biomechanics of transitions. Transitions are good for developing strngth, collection and harmony between horse and rider. This educational webinar with Gillian higgins looks at the benefits of transitions as an exercise and what we can do to improve them.

The Biomechanics of Transitions
Exercises to improve strength and harmony

7.30pm (GMT) Wednesday 2nd November 2022

Put simply, transition means change. Whether upward, downward, direct, progressive, between or within the pace riding correct transitions are far from easy – yet they are something we’re all encouraged to do more of because they are so beneficial.


When transitions are performed well with the position of the withers in relation to the croup remaining constant, they’re a good strengthening exercise, particularly for the carrying, controlling and ‘sitting’ ability of the hindlimb. They are also easy to do badly.


Transitions are something that riders and trainers are constantly striving to improve, and they form an integral part of all horses training whatever their age and level of education. Having the ability to ride correct transitions is a key skill for improving the horse's balance, suppleness, obedience to the aids, and ultimately collection. Understanding how the horse makes transitions from a biomechanical point of view is crucial.


In this webinar Gillian will explain and illustrate, with her signature anatomically painted horses in high-definition slow-motion video, the biomechanics of the limb sequence and balance transfer that are both key to achieving a quality transition. She will also address causes of problems within transitions and how to solve them.


Gillian will give you the knowledge and skills you need to ride effortless harmonious transitions that will improve engagement, strength, balance, body control and posture.


You’ll also learn in-hand and ridden exercises, massage and mobilisation techniques as well as Pilates exercises, that will all help you improve transitions whether you’re a trainer, rider or therapist.

Equestrian webinar with Gillian Higgins, striving for straightness. Exercises to improve symmetry and straightness with horsese.

Striving for Straightness
Exercises to improve symmetry and straightness

7.30pm (GMT) Wednesday 7th December 2022

Straightness is an important pillar of your horse’s training. The ultimate aim is to have your horse as symmetrical and straight as possible. However, the reality is that no horse is completely symmetrical.


All is not lost – there’s plenty you can do to improve your horse’s straightness. Using the right exercises to train his muscles and straighten him it is possible to achieve better movement, performance and improved posture. A straight horse will be physical and mentally in balance, symmetrically and muscularly fit, supple, strong, able to round his back and carry the rider with ease.


To help you achieve this, having the ability to assess a horse’s straightness from in front and behind as well as the side is an effective method of evaluating symmetry and soundness. In this webinar Gillian will explain and illustrate the biomechanics of straightness – bringing this fascinating subject to life using her signature anatomically painted horses and slow-motion video.


As well as truly understanding what straightness is, you’ll also learn to recognise signs of asymmetry, core weakness and lateral instability which can challenge your horse’s musculoskeletal health as well as his performance.


Gillian will suggest a number of different exercises you can do with your horse as well as massage and mobilisation techniques that will all help improve your horse’s straightness.


Whether you’re a trainer, rider or therapist once you have a clearer understanding of the biomechanics of straightness and know what techniques to use to assess and improve it, you’ll be able to improve the horse’s training and way of going.

How it Works

Gillian Higgins educational webinars for equestrians, professionals, riders, coaches and therapists

  • Webinars are run using Zoom

  • Each webinar is approximately 2 hours long.

  • There will be opportunity to ask questions.


  • On booking you will receive a confirmation email.

  • By the Tuesday preceding the webinar 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, you will receive a link by email. This will enable you to watch the recording for the next 7 days. This can only be accessed via the email link we send you.​ 


  • Certificates of Participation will also be sent via email after the webinar. 


Purchasing Options


  • Watch Live

  • Ask Questions

  • Interact with Polls

  • Interact with the Q&A session

  • Receive a Certificate of Participation

  • Receive a link by email, the day after the live webinar, which enables you to watch it for the next 7 days. (This recording excludes the Q&A)




  • Only available after the live webinar

  • Watch anytime and as many times as you like

  • This option excludes the Q&A and the opportunity to ask questions

  • Link to download certificate of participation at the end of the video.


Previous Webinar Series

Equestrian Webinars with Gillian Higgins. Understanding Your Horse's back, pilates for Horses, Poles for posture, understanding your horse's neck, understanding and assessing posture, skeletal maturity and exercises for young horses, understanding muscles and fascia, polework and gymnastic jumping