Lectures & Courses

As a life-long equestrian, Jillian’s passion has been shaped to focus on what is healthy for ridden horses. Jillian’s desire to understand horses at a deeper level took her on a learning journey to discover how the horse’s body functions biomechanically, and what it is that we are really asking from our horses in terms of collection and balance.

Education options include an introductory lecture series on equine biomechanics, three-day courses as a continuation of and practicum for the information in the lecture series, individual lessons locally and at course venues, weekend packages at Hy Court, consultations, and training at Hy Court Farm near Austin, Texas.

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Biomechanics Lecture Series:

***prerequisite for 3-day courses***

Understanding Equine Movement to Realize Your Horse’s Potential

 To strengthen and enhance equine well-being, it is important to ride and work horses in healthy postures. Throughout this course, students will connect the why and how of balance and collection to understand how a horse’s anatomy, muscular development, and movement patterns affect his performance under saddle.

The 2 ½ day lecture series explains healthy movement in depth and gives the learner the opportunity to develop their eye so they can see healthy and unhealthy postures. Students will:

  • Learn what to look for in healthy movement and muscular development.
  • Discover what creates healthy postures in riding horses.
  • Evaluate a horse’s posture and anatomy from a new perspective.
  • Add tools to develop horses’ postural strength.

Course Details

Five Lectures:

  • Introduction Lecture: Looking at Your Horse ~ A New Perspective
  • Examining Anatomy and Function of the Equine Head and Neck
  • Equine Forequarters, Back, and the Importance of the Abdominal and Psoas Musculature
  • Connection: The Hindquarters and the Significance of the Lumbo-Sacral Joint
  • Coming Full Circle: The Mechanics of Balance & Collection

Developing-Your-Eye’ Labs:

  • Evaluate horses’ anatomies and conformations.
  • Identify key palpation points of the horse.
  • Discuss observations of lab horses and make recommendations on how to support each horse according to its conformation and stage of development.

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This course is offered at Hy Court Farm as well as at other venues nationally and internationally. Please visit the calendar to view upcoming dates, email Jillian or call 512.767.2556 for more information.

Note: This class is a prerequisite for Jillian’s 3 day courses. When students have this foundational information it will aid in the learning process for subsequent courses as well as for individual lessons.

 

Course 1: Rhythm – The First Riding Necessity

This three-day course focuses on helping the horse and rider develop an understanding and feel for rhythm. Preserving natural rhythm is an important first step towards softness of horses in hand and under saddle.

Students will:

  • Learn about neutral pelvis and posture.
  • Discover the differences between men and women riders.
  • Define rhythm, tempo, and length of stride.
  • Feel horses’ movement through a stride sequence.
  • Develop skills to influence rhythm.
  • Gather exercises to build rhythm and trust with your horse.

Course Details:

  • Content discussed in a classroom setting and later applied during group and individual lessons.
  • Seminar booklets containing articles and presentation materials provided.
  • Teaching materials range from articles, discussions, PowerPoint and videos focusing on human and horse biomechanics and movement.

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This course is offered at Hy Court Farm as well as at other venues nationally and internationally. Prior approval or the biomechanics lecture series, Understanding Equine Movement to Realize Your Horse’s Potential is a prerequisite for all of the three-day courses. Please visit the calendar to view upcoming dates, email Jillian or call 512.767.2556 for more information.

Course 2: Relaxation – A Stepping Stone Toward Building Postural Strength & Health

Postural alignment is the basis of proper movement. Whether it’s you or your horse, poor and incorrect posture can lead to a long list of injuries. However, before you can start building postural strength it is vital that one learns the importance of relaxation and how to help your horse find it.

This three-day course focuses on relaxation of the horse and rider and is an important prerequisite to building postural strength in horses. Strong emphasis will be placed on equine biomechanics and neurology, which specifically relates to eliciting relaxation. Students will:

  • Learn why relaxation is a building block for your horse’s success.
  • Examine the gateways to physically and mentally supporting the horse to find relaxation and enhance learning.
  • Observe physical elements of relaxation including the: tongue, hyoid, TMJ, atlanto-occipital joint and dental mechanics.
  • Discover why jaw releases and lateral flexions at the AO joint are beneficial and how they work.
  • Learn about rider rotation.
  • Look at how bits can help and/or hinder the relaxation process.
  • Leave with an understanding of how horses bend.

Course Details

  • Content discussed in a classroom setting and later applied during group and individual lessons.
  • Seminar booklets containing articles and presentation materials are provided.
  • Teaching materials range from articles, discussions, PowerPoint and videos focusing on human and horse biomechanics and relaxation.

View Relaxation Course Flyer

This course is offered at Hy Court Farm as well as at other venues nationally and internationally. Prior approval or the biomechanics lecture series, Understanding Equine Movement to Realize Your Horse’s Potential, is a prerequisite for all of the three-day courses. Please visit the calendar to view upcoming dates, email Jillian or call 512.767.2556 for more information.

Course 3: Suppleness – Creating Elasticity and Mobility of Joints

Suppleness is the ability to bend correctly without stiffness. Just like people, some horses are naturally more flexible than others. Just like people, horses have one side more dominate than the other. It is our responsibility to learn to read our horse’s body and help them become more supple and strong to create increased mobility in their joints over time.

It is important to visually recognize properly executed lateral movements in-hand and under saddle. This three-day course will focus on the suppleness of horse and rider. Students will:

  • Define suppleness and learn to spot suppleness in a horse.
  • Study the what, why and how of shoulder fore, shoulder in, haunches in and haunches out.
  • Leave with an understanding of how to start or refine these exercises in-hand and under saddle.

Course Details

  • Content discussed in a classroom setting and later applied during group and individual lessons.
  • Seminar booklets containing articles and presentation materials are provided.
  • Teaching materials range from articles, discussions, PowerPoint and videos focusing on human and horse biomechanics.

View Suppleness Course Flyer

This course is offered at Hy Court Farm as well as at other venues nationally and internationally. Prior approval or the biomechanics lecture series Understanding Equine Movement to Realize Your Horse’s Potential, Rhythm – Course 1 and Relaxation – Course 2 are prerequisites for this three-day course. Please visit the calendar to view upcoming dates, email Jillian or call 512.767.2556 for more information.

Are you interested in hosting an event? The following guidelines may help you decide if you would like to host an event at your location.

Lecture Series and Course Requirements:

  • Adequate and comfortable seating with surfaces for note taking
  • A table for Jillian’s computer and projector
  • Ability to dim lights so that projected images are visible
  • Minimum 4′ x 3′ dry-erase whiteboard, with easel and/or stand on which to project images
  • Extension cord, power strip, outlet
  • Two quiet lab horses for the Lecture Series only
  • Riding area for the 3 day courses only

Other Considerations:

  • Host provides living arrangements, food, and transportation to and from airport
  • Fee minimum

If you are hosting the Lecture Series feel free to download this flyer* and customize it for your marketing purposes.

*Please note, the form is not compatible with mobile devices and is best edited through Microsoft Word.

To host a clinic, please email Jillian or call 512.767.2556 for more information.