The Equine Athlete

Functional anatomy of the back

How does the course work?

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; and
  • which muscles groups are important for sustainably carrying a rider’s weight.

Course format



Dr Marie Dittmann

Dr Isabel Imboden