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Horses Inside Out Demonstration
Friday 15 September 2017, 19:00 - 21:30

Ever wondered what’s really going on inside your horse? What really makes them tick? How the bones, muscles, organs and sinews arrange themselves to make one of the fastest creatures on earth? Well, Devon charity the Mare & Foal Sanctuary may have the answer with the chance to get a unique insight into the biomechanics of the horse.

On Friday, September 15th renowned equine anatomist Gillian Higgins will be travelling down from the Midlands to give a thrilling demonstration – using body art. By drawing on her horses she can perfectly illustrate the workings of their musculoskeletal system, allowing equestrians to ride, train and manage their animals more efficiently and effectively.

Gillian said "Keeping this system in optimum condition and appreciating how it functions leads to a supple, comfortable horse able to maximise his range of movement and perform at his best. With a rider in a skeleton body suit, it is also possible to see clearly the interaction between horse and rider."

The results are fascinating, with every bone and muscle group drawn on the outside giving a unique perspective on what is happening inside. Gillian, a British Horse Society Senior Coach and professional sports therapist who has evented at International level, added: "They are such beautiful animals on the outside, but very few of us really knows what is going on under the skin. They are big and complex creatures and we expect to be able to jump on board without knowing what is going on to their bodies every time we do. By learning more about their anatomy and how the muscles, bones and ligaments work we can make sure we are doing everything we can to minimise the wear and tear riding, jumping, racing, eventing and hunting can cause. It’s also great fun because you can really see the horse in action – right down to its tendons."

The demonstration at the Mare & Foal Sanctuary’s Coombe Park Visitor Centre is ideal for all horse owners and riders, trainers, saddlers, therapists and farriers. Coombe Park manager Tracy Gray said "Gillian’s demos are always really popular. The horses are beautifully painted and watching them move gives a really good insight into how their bodies work. We love it when Gillian comes to Coombe Park. It’s always great fun and it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been around horse, you always learn something."

Tickets for the demonstration – which starts at 7pm at the Mare & Foal Sanctuary’s giant Coombe Park indoor arena – cost £25 for adults and £12.50 for children and the visitor centre café will be serving refreshments.

Contact - Mare and Foal Sanctuary or 01803 866615

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