This 3 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 developed as a progression from Kinetic Anatomy: Musculoskeletal Structure programme, as an element of the full course of Performance Preparation of the Horse Saddle Rider Combination.   There is an option to attend a one day practical session to consolidate the topics covered in this module.

Beginning with an overview of planes & axes and the laws of physics applied to equitation, the focus will be on muscle action.   Aspects of muscle strength, muscle contraction types and roles, together with description of muscle action in a single stride, progress to analysis of static images of four phases of a jump stride over an obstacle.  This format was created to help the learner develop their eye for analysing movement when represented in a single image.  Lecture content is highly applied so that the learner will soon be pinpointing which muscles are activated by the horse and rider in a variety of equitation movements so that they can begin to ultimately apply this knowledge to both static and dynamic posture.   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 four lecture presentations, together with a short knowledge test.  

This presentation is the third 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.  

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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
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