EQ1300: Equine Neurology, Muscle Physiology & Pathologies


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  • Externship: No
  • Venue: HEA Farm
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  • Prerequisites: No
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Health begins with knowledge, and this is an excellent course for bodyworkers, owners, riders or trainers.

The ability to move freely and comfortably is one of the horse’s greatest joys, and obviously essential to performing their jobs. Disorders of the muscular and nervous systems are both under and over diagnosed. This is particularly true with respect to whatever the “disease du jour” may be.

Disorders of movement may be a primary muscular problem, primary neurological, or a combination of both. They may be infectious, genetic/biochemical, toxic or dietary. Symptoms of muscular and neurological disease can, and often do, overlap. Any given set of symptoms may have multiple root causes. This makes the use of a thorough and systematic evaluation of any movement disorder essential to avoid misdiagnosis or jumping to conclusions.

This course will take you through some very basic structure and function of the muscular and nervous systems, as well as diagnostic tests and their interpretation. Finally, specific disease states will be discussed. Actual case histories will be used to illustrate many points.

A private Yahoo group will be set up for course participants, for the purpose of questions and discussions. The material for each section of the course will be posted on the internet weekly as a pdf file. This is a no pressure learning situation. There is no “mandatory attendance” at any time, no grades. The review questions are for the students’ use only. Dr. Kellon assumes that anyone taking the course is doing so because they want to learn more about their horses. Students have the luxury to read when it is convenient for them to do so.

Course Overview

Week One – Normal Function

Organization of the nervous system
The Neuron
Organization of skeletal muscles
The muscle cell

Week Two – Diagnostics

Physical examination
Gait examination
The neurological exam
Blood tests
Spinal tap
Genetic tests

Week Three – Acute Neurological Diseases

Viral encephalitis/myelitis

Week Four – EPM – Equine Protozoal [Encephalo] Myelitis

Lyme myopathy

Week Five – Equine Motor Neuron Disease (EMND)


Week Six – Tying-Up

Sporadic versus recurrent
Causes of sporadic TU
Causes of recurrent TU
Treatment and prevention

Week Seven – Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis and Hormonal Myopathies

Cortisol related
Role of the thyroid

Week Eight – Dietary Factors in Neuromuscular Disease

Electrolytes and dehydration
Calcium and magnesium
B vitamins and other micronutrients
Energy supplies

Week Nine – Fasciculations and Gait Disorders

Review of disorders with fasciculations
Ossifying myopathy

Week Ten – Miscellaneous Conditions

Viral, bacterial and parasitic myopathies
Atypical myopathy
Glycogen branching enzyme disease
Toxic plants

This course is appropriate for all skill levels to be taken at any time.

Although there is a time limit in which to complete this course, students are not required to sit in front of a computer at a designated time.

If you are using this course as part of the Equinology EEBWIII certification, you must also pay the Equinology Externship Fee of $125. Once the student completes the course, notify Dr. Kellon’s office, and they will send you the exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, you can begin the externship (case studies and extra learning activities).