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 Analysing  Movement, as an element of the full course of Performance Preparation of the Horse Saddle Rider Combination.  

Beginning with an overview of muscle conditioning, the focus will be on exercise prescription, applying the correct sequence of the phases of training and optimising training. Aspects  of the challenges to muscle conditioning will be covered, together with nutrition, homeostasis, immunity and scar tissue.  This format was created to help the learner develop their eye for identifying muscle development strengths and weaknesses. Lecture content is highly applied so that the learner will soon be evaluating  aspects of muscle development so that they may ultimately apply this knowledge to static and dynamic postural assessment. 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 six lecture presentations together with a short knowledge test and downloadable notes for reference

This presentation is the fourth module in a series under development to progress learners towards performance preparation of the 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 18 years' professional experience combining manual and electrotherapy techniques with rehabilitative exercise programmes, she is also an MSFC qualified Saddle Fitter with a special interest in saddle fitting for the horse in rehabilitation and related problems.   Caroline is also a qualified Veterinary Physiotherapy trainer and has mentored post graduate Veterinary Physiotherapy students to exam success.  She teaches equine assessment and saddle fit checking on the MSFC course in France.  She also runs regular Continued Professional Development (CPD) courses for equine professionals, frequently selling out within an hour of publicising them.  Her full biography can be found on her website CarolineLindsay.comCaroline LindsayMSFC  BSc(hons)  PGCert  AdvCertVPhys  CertEdVPT  MIRVAP  MRAMP

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    User Guide

    • How To Navigate This Course

  • 2

    Let's get started!

    • Thinking Ahead #1

    • Muscle Conditioning

    • Quiz - Muscle Conditioning

    • Muscle Conditioning Download

    • Thinking Ahead #2

    • Muscle Conditioning Phases

    • Quiz - Muscle Conditioning Phases

    • Muscle Conditioning Phases Download

    • Independent Study (Optional)

    • Optimising Muscle Conditioning: Exercise Prescription

    • Quiz - Exercise Prescription

    • Exercise Prescription Download

    • Independent Study (Optional)

    • Thinking Ahead #3

    • Optimising Muscle Conditioning: Acute Fatigue & Rest

    • Quiz - Fatigue & Rest

    • Acute Fatigue & Rest Download

    • Thinking Ahead #4

    • Conditioning Challenges Nutrition

    • Quiz - Nutrition

    • Nutrition Download

    • Rider BMI Download

    • Thinking Ahead #5

    • Conditioning Challenges Homeostasis Inflammation Scar Tissue

    • Quiz - Homeostasis, Inflammation & Scar Tissue

    • Homeostasis, Inflammation, Scar Tissue Download

  • 3

    Next Steps...

    • Congrats! Here's what's next...

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