This 5 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, Analysing Movement and Muscle Conditioning programmes, 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 pain and stress, the focus is on postural asymmetry.   Aspects of poor performance, common back pathologies, core strength and motor control, progress to analysis of static images examples of static posture and evaluation of the rider's posture.  This format was created to help the learner develop their eye for analysing posture when represented in a single image of the horse and practical evaluation of the rider.  Lecture content is highly applied so that the learner will soon be pinpointing postural weaknesses in the static horse and rider so that they can begin to ultimately apply this knowledge to improving individual combinations by referring them on to the relevant professionals for resolution.   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 seven lecture presentations, together with a short knowledge test.  

This presentation is the fifth 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 train 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

    Course Navigation

    • How to use this course

  • 2

    PAIN & STRESS

    • Thinking Ahead #1

    • Pain & Stress

    • Quiz - Pain & Stress

    • Pain & Stress Download

    • Independent Study (Optional)

  • 3

    BACK PATHOLOGIES

    • Thinking Ahead #2

    • Back Pathologies 1

    • Quiz - Back Pathologies 1.

    • Back Pathologies 1. Download

    • Thinking Ahead #3

    • Back Pathologies 2

    • Quiz - Back Pathologies 2.

    • Back Pathologies 2. Download

    • Independent Study (Optional)

  • 4

    POSTURE

    • Thinking Ahead # 4

    • Core Strength

    • Quiz - Core Strength

    • Core Strength Download

    • Thinking Ahead # 5

    • Motor Control

    • Quiz - Motor Control

    • Motor Control Download

    • Thinking Ahead # 6

    • The Rider - Asymmetry

    • Quiz - Rider Asymmetry

    • Rider Asymmetry Download

    • Thinking Ahead # 7

    • The Rider - Evaluation

    • Quiz - Rider Evaluation

    • Rider Evaluation Download

    • Independent Study (Optional)

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