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  • Postural assessment of the unmounted rider.
  • The effects of good and poor saddle fit on the horse and rider combination.
  • Equine gait evaluation.
  • How individual horse structure relates to saddle and bridle fit and equitation.
  • Saddle and bridle fit checking.
  • Preparing a horse for carrying a rider.
  • Equine manual techniques and groundschooling methods to optimise range of motion in the relation to basic equitation in the sport horse or pony.
  • Rider stabilisation methods on the moving horse in walk, trot and canter in a riding arena.

The finer details

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.

Delivery method

Classroom and practical observation and assessment

Recognised by

Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists

Who should attend?

Therapists, trainers, coaches, horse dealers and behaviourists.

What will be covered?

  • Postural assessment of the unmounted rider.
  • The effects of good and poor saddle fit on the horse and rider combination.
  • Equine gait evaluation.
  • How individual horse structure relates to saddle and bridle fit and equitation.
  • Saddle and bridle fit checking.
  • Preparing a horse for carrying a rider.
  • Equine manual techniques and groundschooling methods to optimise range of motion in the relation to basic equitation in the sport horse or pony.
  • Rider stabilisation methods on the moving horse in walk, trot and canter in a riding arena.

Other areas of interest

  • Performance Saddle Fit Checking
  • Rider Evaluation & Stabilisation Methods
  • Equine Back & Postural Strengthening Methods for Saddle Fitting
  • Saddle Flocking & Adjustment
  • Minor saddlery repairs
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