This 6 hour study programme with free preview lessons  has been created for equine paraprofessionals and competition riders that want to ultimately address the horse saddle and rider as a combination. It has been created as a progression from the free Equine Vocational Skills programme, as an element of the full course of Performance Preparation of the Horse Saddle Rider Combination. There is an option to attend a two day practical session to consolidate the topics covered in this module.

Beginning with descriptions and demonstrations of the components of the horse and rider kinetic musculoskeletal system, lecture content is highly applied so that the learner will soon be practising horse and rider saddle fit checking principles, with relevant knowledge of the living bodies that lie above and beneath the saddle.   All presentations form a spiral learning experience towards the ultimate goal of proficient professional reasoning in the assessment and preparation of the modern sport horse and pony, together with their saddles and riders, for sustainability of the competition partnership.

This module consists of fifteen lecture presentations, each with downloadable diagrams for the learner to keep as memory aids, together with a short knowledge test.  Learners are directed to also complete the 3 hour Equine Vocational Study Skills module which is free to participate in.

Where suggestions for independent study have been put forward, it is assumed that the learner is competent at handling a variety of horses and ponies and that they take full responsibility for selecting compliant horses to work on, implementing protocol to keep themselves safe from injury risk throughout the suggested task.

This presentation is the second module in a series under development to progress learners towards performance preparation of horse, saddle and rider combinations.  Manual techniques combined with ground schooling, rider stabilisation and saddle fit checking methods will qualify learners to make a practical contribution to the sustainability of horse, saddle and rider combinations. This will lead to professional registration of graduates.  It will be ready in the Spring of 2020.  Anyone successfully completing elements of the proposed course before enrolment will be given credit for recognition of prior learning. Contact us for further information.  

The next module in succession is Analysing Movement: Seeing Muscle Action In Static Images.

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About the instructor

Certified Clinical Educator Veterinary Physiotherapy

Caroline Lindsay

Caroline is a UK based RAMP (Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners) registered Veterinary Physiotherapist whose training is underpinned by a First Class Honours Degree that qualified her to treat human patients first. Now with 23 years' professional experience combining manual and electrotherapy techniques with rehabilitative exercise programmes, she is also a certified Saddle Fitter with a special interest in saddle fit checking for the horse in rehabilitation and with related problems.   Caroline is also a qualified Veterinary Physiotherapy trainer and has mentored post graduate Veterinary Physiotherapy students to exam success.  She also runs regular Continued Professional Development (CPD) courses for equine professionals, predominantly online.  Her full biography can be found on her website Caroline Lindsay BSc(hons)  PGCert  AdvCertVPhys  CertEdVPT  MPSFA MRAMP

Course Content

  • 1

    User Guidelines

    • How To Navigate This Course

  • 2


  • 3


    • Thinking Ahead #3

    • Condition Scoring

    • Quiz - Condition Scoring

    • Conditon Scoring Diagram

    • Thinking Ahead #4

    • Passive Tissue Components of Movement

    • Quiz - Passive Tissue Components of Movement

    • Dynamic Tissue Components of Movement

    • Quiz - Dynamic Tissue Components of Movement

    • Tissue Components Of Movement PDF

    • Thinking Ahead #5

    • Nerve Tissue Components of Movement

    • Quiz - Nerve Tissue Components of Movement

    • Nervous System Diagrams

    • Independent Study (Optional)

  • 4


    • Head & Upper Neck

    • Quiz - Head & Upper Neck

    • Head & Upper Neck Diagrams

    • TMJ & Hyoid

    • Quiz - TMJ & Hyoid

    • TMJ & Hyoid Diagrams

    • Neck & Scapula

    • Quiz - Neck & Scapula

    • Neck & Scapula Diagrams

    • The Back

    • Quiz - The Back

    • Back Diagrams

    • Available Saddle Contact Area

    • Quiz - Available Saddle Contact Area

    • Saddle Contact Area Diagrams

    • Pelvic Limbs

    • Quiz - Pelvic Limbs

    • Pelvic Limb Muscle Diagrams

    • Thoracic Limbs

    • Quiz - Thoracic Limbs

    • Thoracic Limb Diagrams

    • Independent Study (Optional)

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