Integrated Equine Wellness – Isn’t it about time we open Pandora’s box? – ECA101SA
- Duration: 3 days
- Category: Equine
- Externship: No
- Venue: HEA Farm
- Language: English
- Course Capacity: 14
- Prerequisites: Yes
- Skill Level: intermediate
- Start Course: 12-07-2019
This completely new course is being authored by Dr Karen Isted to help anyone with a passion for working with horses, to step back and look at the bigger picture when considering the wellness of the horse in front of them.
In recent years ‘Integrated Wellness’ has become a much-mentioned approach throughout the International equine community, and much marketing and hype (and expense) has become associated with it. But what does it mean? How do you apply it when it comes to your work or your horse’s wellness? We want you to be able to open Pandora’s box of questions and know which answers matter! Being able to appreciate that each horse is an individual.
Dr Isted will deal with all the individual aspects of ‘wellness’ and use a science and evidence-based approach to help students stand back, know the questions to ask, what to look for and who to include in the team; all depending on the needs of their horse and the demands made on it.
Enabling you to work out what or who needs to be your primary ‘go to’ in specific situations. Restoring wellness and balance back to ‘normal’
We will look at equine health from a holistic, multi-modal approach. Throughout the highly interactive three days discussion and learning will be encouraged though evidence-based papers and live case-studies.
Sessions will look at the importance of integrating aspects of farriery, bio-mechanics, dentistry, treatment modalities, nutrition, training and tack, plus more. The course highlights the importance of understanding how the day-to-day care from all aspects of equine wellness will integrate and influence each other. Ultimately forming a jigsaw of pieces in ‘ease’ or ‘dis-ease’.
Dr Karen Isted (MChiro BSc(Hons) UK Equine NDip) is a registered chiropractor who graduated with distinction from the world renowned AECC at Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom.
Combining her passion for chiropractic and horses she focusses on a multi-modal approach that includes low-impact adjusting, SOT, cranial work and soft tissue manipulation. All of which has proven effective with humans as well as the horses! Her equine work is based on a background of an Equine Science and SANEF qualification as well as several years spent working with horses in the UK, leading to extensive experience in all aspects of animal husbandry, management and training. She has a true passion for bringing a deeper understanding of Wellness and a more integrated approach to the world of equine management.
Dates : 12-14 July, 2019
Instructor: Dr Karen Isted
The three days are focused on providing the student with a broad-spectrum understanding of how the various treatment modalities around equine health integrate into functional health. Each day has three theory sessions underscored by a topic-relevant practical session.
Discussions and analysis of the practical sessions aim to feed into the final day’s understanding and application of the theory. All of which is aimed at facilitating learning and more informed-decision making skills for both the professional people in the field and horse owners serious about getting it right.
The content of this course is constantly evolving as Dr Isted compiles the material and authors this course from scratch for EquiCanis. Therefore, the outline schedules given below are for guidance only, and will be finalised closer to the time.
• Session 1: Welcome / Introduction to all students and History of Wellness.
• Session 2: Chiro / Bio-mechanics / Gait vs lameness / conformation vs postural
• Session 3: Dentistry / Farriery
• Practical: Group / Pair work where horses are trotted up and initial ‘Plans of management’ are drawn up. / Aging horses via teeth / opinion on feet – Feedback on practical
• Session 1: Nutrition
• Session 2: Saddle fitting/tack (very little)
• Practical: Assessing conformation and movement from feet to top-line / weight-scoring
• Session 3: Feedback on practical /Training and riding (from a mechanical view)
• Session 1: Modalities available / Bodywork / Physio / Tens / Red light / etc.
• Session 2: Emotional wellness in horses / Herds / Living conditions / Breed disciplines and exceptions
• Practical: Re-looking and initial ‘case study’ horses – have their management plans changed?
• Session 3: Feedback on practical / How to know who to call…Vet, Bodyworker, Chiro, Farrier? / Red flags for the vet
COURSE ACTIVITIES AND PRESENTATION:
This subject matter for this course is presented in a variety of mediums and is aimed to be highly interactive. Through a combination of classroom lectures and hands-on practical sessions students will be presented with the information in a variety of approaches using specimens, live horses, slides, diagrams and video.
Dr Isted will encourage discussion amongst the participants on all related and inter-related subjects, as each student will have their own inputs, views, experience and areas of expertise.
The practical sessions vary depending on the topic and can be supported by templates, labelling sessions, gait analysis sessions, muscle and surface anatomy identification and practical hands-on.
Independent additional study activities are required in the evening. This study will be evaluated through self assessments and quizzes.
Students attend class daily 8:30 am – 5:30 pm for 3 days and have additional evening studies, with one half hour allowed for lunch, plus morning and afternoon refreshment breaks.
Includes course hand-outs and supplies. It does not include accommodation or lunch. Snacks and hot & cool drinks are provided during breaks. A fridge and microwave are available.
This course is open to everyone who has a good knowledge of veterinary vocabulary, anatomy and horse handling skills. (Good equine bodywork courses which focus on anatomy or an anatomy course no less than 200 hours will usually cover enough to prepare participants).
Participants of the Equine Body Worker ® Certification course will be well prepared even if their externship has not been completed.
Students new to the field are welcome to participate as long as they have good horse handling skills but should register for the EQ50: Pre-course Distance Equine Anatomy Course. This pre-course equine anatomy study guide costs $95 and is an online course. You can find those details by going to:
Please register for the pre-course study with plenty of time to go through the material, the more familiar you are, the more you will get out of the course! Although the final EQ50 exam does not have to be completed before the course, students should be very familiar with the terminology and anatomy.
Although not a formal prerequisite: We recommend participants be comfortable handling and working around horses, can pick up the limbs and are aware of the safety of yourself, those around you and the animal you are working with.
If students are not extremely familiar with equine anatomy they should register for the EQ50: Pre-course Distance Equine Anatomy Course well in advance of this course (See Prerequisite requirements).
Previous EEBW Certification Students will find their EQ100 Manual useful for review and reference.
Any Good Additional Anatomy Text (we suggest):
• The Horse Anatomy Workbook by Maggie Rayor or
• Color Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy: The Horse Volume 2 by Ashdown & Done or
• Clinical Anatomy of the Horse by Drs. Clayton and Flood or
• Anatomy of the Horse by Drs. Budras and Rock