The Movement of the Horse – Understanding Equine Health, Performance and Training in Equine Assisted Services

Wednesday 29th November 2023

One Equine Trust are working in collaboration with CAFRE: College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise, to host a workshop and CPD day, on the importance of the correct movement of the horse for both the horse and rider, and it’s role within equine assisted services. Below are short paragraphs on each of the speakers that will be presenting at the event.


Leo Powell

Irish Field

Session 1 – Equine Movement and Groundwork Training with Terri Brosnan and Rupert Isaacson

This session will illustrate the importance of equine groundwork and movement for both the welfare and the performance of the horse, and the neuroscience behind this training for the rider, particularly in relation to Equine Assisted Services.

Terri Brosnan

Terri Brosnan is head of the Equine Assisted Therapy Unit in ChildVision, the national education centre for visually impaired children in Ireland. Terri has a lifetime of equine experience having worked as an instructor, yard manager, and business and marketing consultant to the equine industry. In ChildVision she has assembled a team of equine specialists and therapists, working together to provide a unified approach to equine assisted services. She is one of the founders of Equine Assisted Ireland and is a member of the AIRE (Association Irish Riding Establishments) executive council. With Childvision, she has recently developed a syllabus for a new education program for AIRE and Horse Sport Ireland to upskill existing riding instructors to Therapeutic Riding Coaches.

Rupert Isaacson

Rupert Issacson has developed cutting-edge approaches to Autism, ADHD, Trauma, and other Neuro-Psychiatric and Neuro-Divergent conditions using horses. Rupert is an accomplished author and public speaker. His autism programs include the Horse Boy Method (equine therapy for the nervous system and brain), Horse Boy Learning (kinetic learning K-12), and Movement Method (how to activate the learning centres of the brain through specific physical activities). All based on sound neuroscience, these approaches, now practised in over 30 countries, build to produce lasting success in quality of life. They are fast replacing the more rigid therapeutic modalities because of the achieved results in the home, in the classroom and in life.

Session 2 – Equine Health and Movement with Clare-Maria Campbell

This session will explore the physical aspects of the horse including equine suppleness and adaptability, along with the assessment of the movements.

Clare-Maria Campbell

Clare-Maria Campbell is a chartered dual physiotherapist, having obtained a degree in Physiotherapy from Ulster University and a master’s in veterinary Physiotherapy from the Royal Veterinary College in London. She established her practice, “Clare-Maria Campbell Physiotherapy Clinic”, in 2001 treating both humans and equines since. Clare-Maria has a particular interest in sports injuries and athletic performance and specialises in Equine Physiotherapy and Rider Assessment and biomechanics. Additionally, she is the official Physiotherapist to Horse Sport Ireland’s High Performance Eventing Squad and has been involved in the care of international sports horses, from the Olympics, Paralympics, World & European Games.

Session 3 – Ulster University – Equine Facilitated Therapy education for Allied Health Professionals and how it is applied in practice’

The third and final session of the event will provide information on Equine Facilitated Therapy education for Allied Health Professionals and how it is applied in practice. Using the equine simulators at CAFRE, the movement of the horse, the potential benefits to clients and the practical implications of the training will be demonstrated.

Orlagh Daly

Orlagh Daly is a HCPC registered Occupational Therapist and a member of Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT). Orlagh is an Occupational Therapy Lecturer as well as Course Director at Ulster University.  Orlagh completed the Department of Health funded pilot course in Equine Facilitated Therapy and has been involved in developing the post graduate modules in Equine Facilitated Therapy at Ulster University.  Orlagh is also a committee member of Equine Facilitated Occupational Therapy UK (EFOT-UK).

Clare McMonagle

Clare McMonagle is also an Occupational therapy Lecturer at Ulster University. The remainder of her time is spent in private practice as director of Gortilea Social Farm CIC.  There, Clare leads a team to deliver person centred interventions including social farming placements, nature-based learning programmes and Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning through individual and group interventions. She works in partnership with local riding schools and Riding for the Disabled organisations. Clare has recently completed a MSc in Advancing Practice with research in this area and hopes to continue to build on this work.

The event will close with a panel discussion chaired by Leo Powell.

Event Details

Where: CAFRE, Enniskillen Campus, Levaghy, Enniskillen BT74 4GF.

When: 13:00 – 19:00, Wednesday 29th November 2023.

Please click below to book tickets. Booking will close on Wednesday 22nd November 2023.

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