Gillian Higgins – Books & DVDs

Educating Horse Lovers Everywhere

Horses Inside Out – Available Books

Scroll down to explore Gillian’s colourful world of equine related books.

Anatomy Poster Book Vol.1

The Musculo-Skeletal System

This ring bound, gloss laminated poster book consists of an extensive series of labelled photographs including the skin, skeleton and musculature. In addition to the more conventional views from the side, images are also portrayed from the front, back and above. This poster book is a useful and unique resource for riders, trainers, therapists as well as students.

Anatomy Poster Book Vol.2

The Internal Organs

Another beautifully presented poster book. Again using the horse as a living canvas, this book consists of an extensive series of labelled photographs, including; the digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic, urinary, reproductive systems and much more. 

The Full Series

Anatomy, Pilates and Performance

Gillian Higgins has produced a series of beautiful and colourfully illustrated books (and DVDs), covering equine anatomy, equine pilates and performance. For horse lovers everywhere. Suited to a wide audience, from professionals to diligent owners. And especially for those who value visual learning.

Pilates for Horses – The DVD

This DVD explores relevant aspects of anatomy and the principles and benefits of ‘’Pilates’ type exercises as applied to horses. It demonstrates exactly how, why, when and where to perform the exercises. This practical, visual guide for riders will help; improve performance, range of movement, core stability, balance, posture, co-ordination and flexibility, develop relationship between horse and handler and much more!

Horses Inside Out – The DVD

This DVD is a unique guide to improving performance. Using many anatomical paintings on live dressage, jumping, western and stunt horses, together with effective use of slow motion footage, it cleverly shows the anatomy during movement. For anyone thirsty for knowledge and with the welfare and comfort of their horse in mind, this DVD is not to be missed. 

Horse Anatomy for Performance

This book examines the anatomy of all the 11 systems of the horse and explains how anatomy influences the way we manage, ride and train our horses. Beautifully illustrated it brings anatomy to life and explains the importance, relevance and interaction between each of the anatomical systems in a practical, clear easy to understand format. Of interest to riders, therapists and students and indeed anyone with the best interest of the horse at heart.

How your horse moves.

Take a fresh look at equine anatomy and biomechanics with this graphic guide to how horses move, presented from the inside out. Understand how bones and muscles work together to produce movement by seeing the musculoskeletal system painted on real horses. Discover how correct riding and training can bring out the best in your horse. Practical tips, exercises and stretches demonstrate how you can improve strength, suppleness, performance and reduce the risk of injury with your horse.

Pilates and Stretching

Human athletes have long understood the benefits of stretching and core strength. Beautifully illustrated, this step by step guide to provides exercises for maintaining suppleness, flexibility, range of movement and core stability for your horse. Well organised and clearly explained the 26 exercises are easy to follow. The guide explains exactly ‘how to do the exercises’, which areas of the body will benefit and gives tips to ensure maximum benefit.

Posture and Performance

This beautifully illustrated book provides all the ingredients for riders to make informed decisions to maximise their own and their horse’s potential, gain more enjoyment, satisfaction and improve their skills. Based on the principles of anatomy and biomechanics with welfare in mind, learn about: skeletal maturity; how to achieve good back posture; how stresses and strains create compensation. Why some muscles become long and weak and others short and tight; how to reduce strain on ligaments and tendons; movements to strengthen and condition muscles; exercises for suppleness and core stability; why pole work and gymnastic jumping benefits horses for all disciplines.


Knowledge is power