The Equine Athlete

Functional anatomy of the back

How does the course work?

Online Course duration

1 h 35
Online learning

What you will learn

The horse’s back plays a central role in almost every aspect of equine biomechanics. The interactions between muscles of the neck, back, trunk and pelvis play a crucial role in making horses the superb athletes that they are. In this course you will learn about:

  • The various functions of the horse’s back
  • Which muscles, ligaments and fascia move and stabilise the spine
  • How posture affects movement of the back and the horse as a whole
  • Which muscles groups are important for sustainably carrying a rider’s weight

Course format



Marie Dittmann

Dr Isabel Imboden