International Association of Animal Therapists


Horses Inside Out : Anatomy In Action

Friday 21st February saw me heading north to Loughborough in readiness for the Horses Inside Out Conference that was due to begin early the following morning.

As this was my first year in attendance to this event I was unsure exactly what to expect. Needless to say I was not disappointed! On walking down from the hotel on campus to the conference centre we were warmly welcomed and presented with a very comprehensive welcome pack. With tea, coffee biscuits and freshly baked cookies in abundance we settled in to the introduction for the day and the weekend. Having been on one of Gillian’s training courses last year I was not surprised by the cheerful and enthusiastic introduction to the conference. 

The speakers for the event were from a range of industries within the equine world (and human!) and covered such a range of topics – these included myofascial connections, the thoracic sling connection, tendons and tendinopathy management, training the brain, hoof anatomy in action, what’s new in lameness diagnosis, “how to ride a horse” and two talks revolving around the horses performance. Each topic was presented, with some being slightly more controversial than others, but what really stuck out was just how important it is for the different professions, i.e. therapists, vets, saddle fitters, farriers etc., to work together if they want the best out of their animals. Each day was then finished with a panel session welcoming back the speakers from that day enabling questions to be asked on their relevant subjects.

Each day saw a delicious lunch served, all provided as part of the conference package – I certainly was well fed and watered all weekend!!! There was also a fantastic exhibition of some of Gillian’s models alongside a number of companies exhibiting their products, including Indiba, Neue Schule, Wow saddles and more!

Saturday evening we were also lucky enough to have a 3 course dinner followed by a very amusing talk from Mark Atkinson all about his life training horses for various roles from TV (including Poldark and Peaky Blinders) and re-enactments. 

So big thanks must go to Gillian Higgins (and her team) for a fantastic weekend! Also thanks must go to all the speakers – Dr Vibreke Elbrond, David Kempsell, Dr Seth O’Neil, Dr Andrew Hemmings, Dr Sue Dyson, Mark Johnson, Richard Hepburn and Celeste Wilkins.
I will definitely be going back!!!!!!


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