Currently studying for a Doctorate focusing on Rider Biomechanics in Equitation, Caroline Lindsay BSc(Hons), MSFC Dip, PGCert, AdvCertVPhys, CertEdVPT, MPSFA MIRVAP MRAMP is a UK based Clinical Educator and RAMP (Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners) and IRVAP (Institute of Registered Animal and Veterinary Physiotherapists) member. Caroline is also a Member of the Professional Saddle Fitters Association and holds a place on the Executive Team as President and CPD Coordinator. Her Horse Saddle Rider expertise is underpinned by a First Class Honours Degree (2002) that qualifies her to assess and treat human athletes.
Caroline has 24 years’ professional experience combining horse, saddle and rider manual and electrotherapy techniques with rehabilitative exercise programmes. She holds the Master Saddle Fitting Consultants Diploma in Saddle Fitting. As part of her BTEC Higher Certificate in Equine Athletic Performance & Rehabilitation she gained a qualification in Saddle Fit Checking, gained more than 2 decades ago. She has a special interest in evaluating and resolving asymmetry in the horse-saddle-rider combination and is about to complete the manuscript of her textbook: Living Asymmetry: Achieving Straightness, Stability and Balance in the Horse Saddle Rider Combination.
Caroline is a Lantra Accredited Provider of equine and equestrian continuing professional development (CPD) vocational courses for lifelong learners. Caroline is a qualified trainer of Veterinary Physiotherapy and runs regular Continued Professional Development (CPD) and webinar courses (replays available for purchase) for equine therapists in the UK and in Europe which address horse, saddle and rider asymmetry.
Caroline runs 3 Facebook Groups: 1. Learn Equine Therapy Rehabilitation Techniques where equine therapists from around the world discuss current issues in Equine Therapy as part of their ongoing Continued Professional Development. 2. Learn Saddle Fitting Resource 3. Horse Saddle Rider Lab Courses. She has a YouTube Channel and posts Horse-Saddle-Rider film clips there. Combined, there are now c51k followers.
Caroline’s Qualifications, Training & Teaching are detailed separately below.
First Class Honours Degree (BSc Hons) in Sports Therapy (human) Sports Biomechanics; Sports Injuries; Postural Analysis; Fitness Testing; Sports and Remedial Massage; Soft Tissue Release; Stress Point Therapy; Remedial Stretching; Sports Psychology; Health Psychology; Performance Enhancement, ‘Pre’habilitation and Clinical Rehabilitation of athletes from all sports disciplines. Research field: Proprioception.
Postgraduate Certificate in Animal Health (PGCert) Level 7 Equine and Canine Functional Anatomy, Pathophysiology, Clinical Assessment: Palpation and Gait Analysis, Clinical Evaluation; Research.
Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Physiotherapy (AdvCertVPhys) Level 7 Canine and Equine Anatomy; Gait Analysis; Physical Testing; Treatment Goal Setting; Clinical Rehabilitation; Electrotherapies; Soft Tissue Manipulation; Exercise Prescription.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Award in Education & Training. Facilitating learning and development for individuals and in groups. Delivering active motivational class lessons to inspire students. Validity and formulation of assessments.
Certificate of Education in Veterinary Physiotherapy Training (CertEdVPT). Lecture and Practical Session Delivery Techniques; Active and Passive Learning; Developing Effective Learning Programmes; Formulating Learning Objectives; Barriers to Learning; Educational Risk Assessment; Working with the Disability Discrimination Act; Student Learning Styles; Effective PowerpPoint Presentations; Developing Valid Assessment Methods.
Master Saddle Fitting Consultant. Masters Level Vocational Postgraduate Diploma with Dr Gerry Van Oossanen. 750 hours study endorsed by the Utrecht University School of Veterinary Science. Anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of equine and rider; training, nutrition and other management influences on welfare, performance and saddle fit; conformation relating to discipline and saddle fit; pathology, including back and lameness checks and saddle/rider influences on pathology; correct back templating; tree and saddle construction, materials and fault finding – in English, Western, baroque, treeless and flexible treed; assessment of saddle fit and balance; girthing for balance, freedom of movement and horse comfort; use of therapeutic pads and remedial saddle fitting; bit and bridle assessment and fitting.
BTEC (Higher) Certificate Equine Athletic Performance, Structural Profiling and Rehabilitation taught by Chartered Physiotherapist, Jo Hodges Cert.Ed., LCSP, LSSM (Dip), BHS SM, author of ‘The Equine Athlete’. Modules: Anatomy, Rehabilitation, Electrotherapy, Exercise Therapy, Ground Schooling over Poles, Psychology and Behaviour, Structural Fitness, Injury Prevention and Saddle Fitting. Distinction marks of above 90% in each module. Awarded the Wilfred Shirley Trophy as recognition of having been the student who made the greatest contribution to the course.