Accessible to international learners, in this course, the horses have their postures prepared for saddle fitting for more efficient carrying of a rider and their riders will be prepared for being a more stable and balanced load for the horse to carry. Successful completion of this award grants learners with the option to apply for voluntary professional registration with the Institute of Registered Animal and Veterinary Physiotherapists (IRVAP) in the Manual Techniques category. Successful completion of the foundation Applied Kinetic Anatomy, Biomechanics and Evaluation of the Horse Saddle Rider Combination, is a prerequisite for this award.
Having covered the foundation theory of evaluating the horse, saddle and rider as a combination in an earlier course, this programme focuses on a hands-on approach to improve all three elements of that combination. Manual techniques and ground schooling methods are applied to the horse to help supple and strengthen their backs, riders are stabilised both on and off the horse applying suggestions as to how they might improve their equitation postures by addressing their rotational asymmetry and their saddles are assessed for fit both for the rider and the horse.
This course has been developed by an equine veterinary physiotherapist for equestrian professionals and established competition riders that recognise the importance of addressing the horse, saddle and rider as a combination. It is held over a series of three 2-day practical teaching sessions at monthly intervals and is assessed by assignment and case study portfolio, a longitudinal case study and a short online presentation of the case study.
Therapists, trainers, coaches, horse dealers and behaviourists.
- Performance Saddle Fit Checking
- Rider Evaluation & Stabilisation Methods
- Equine Back & Postural Strengthening Methods for Saddle Fitting
- Saddle Flocking & Adjustment
- Minor saddlery repairs