Course: Learn about Equine Biomechanics

Learn about Equine Biomechanics - the study of how horses move

In this course you will:

  • Learn about the gaits, phases of movement, steps and loading patterns of the horse’s stride
  • Review functional anatomy
  • Understand the differences in horses traveling when ridden or not ridden
  • Recognize ridden movement patterns that can be detrimental to the horse
  • Understand the effects of conformation and shoeing/trimming on the way the horse travels
  • Understand the unique styles of movement asked for in various sport disciplines
  • Learn about the science and current state of research of equine biomechanics
Basic Biomechanics Courses Syllabus

Pre-Requisites: none

While prior study in equine anatomy is very helpful, there is enough anatomy presented within the texts for this course to support the material that is discussed.

Required books:

Horse Gaits, Balance, and Movement.  Susan Harris. 2016
The Horse’s Muscles in Motion. Sara Wyche. 2002


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Competition can be harsh on both horse and rider, so stressful that we loose site of the joy we could have with our horses.  Trainers focus on training horses, we are grateful for the job they do. There’s so much they would like to say to riders that might not be well received.  If we have a better understanding of the pressure we are putting on our trainers and horses, we can develop more patience and make better informed choices that are in balance for everyone.


The best horsemen will tell you they never stop learning.  The saying is true that the more we learn, the more we understand how little we really know.  We encourage you to enjoy the journey.


Train your eye to see the horse more accurately, developing confidence in your decision-making based on sound information.


Take time from riding to learn more about how the horse is built and functions in order to make horse purchases with eyes wide open.


Presenting comprehensive information presented in an easy to understand format to suit various learning styles.


Greater understanding of the issues the horse faces can lead to thoughtful adjustments to the program bringing greater ease and enjoyment.


Competing or not, we all love to excel at what we do and would like to be known as horsemen and women.  We respect that and your investment in your program.