Equinology®: Equine Biomechanics, Gait Abnormalities and Lameness: EQ300-600SA


Course Features

  • Duration: 4
  • Category:
  • Externship: Yes
  • Venue: HEA Farm
  • Language: English
  • Course Capacity: 14
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Skill Level: intermediate
  • Start Course: 07-09-2019

More Information

• When you step back to look at a horse or when you watch a horse move, do you ever wonder what you should be watching to objectively evaluate conformation, gaits and asymmetry?
• Do you know the common conformation faults and possible consequences of various defects?
• Do find yourself contemplating on how the muscles, tendons, ligaments and bone produce movement?
• Can you name the footfalls of the common gaits?

Even if you have some insight to a few of the questions, the progressive horse person can always use more.
This valuable information and more will be given in this interactive and lively 4-day course. The topics covered are essential knowledge for anyone in the equine health care field and equine performance to truly understand soundness in the horse. This knowledge base will enhance owners, trainers, competitor, care givers, breeders, judges, farrier, equine health care professionals and equine body worker’s skills. Vet techs and Vet Physios & Chiros and even Vets, often take this course to sharpen their equine skills.
No matter how you are involved in the horse industry, don’t miss this unique opportunity to improve your skills and build on your knowledge.

This amazing course is being taught by one of our home grown Equine Hero’s. Dr Marc Walton is a practicing private Veterinarian with a special interest in equine exercise physiology and medicine, and has completed post graduate subjects in Equine Medicine and Equine Radiology. Dr Marc has also achieved international recognition as an endurance veterinarian including highest level 4 Star FEI International Endurance Riding accreditation; for both treatment and as a line veterinarian. This combination of qualifications, knowledge and experience combined with excellent and entertaining (to say the least) teaching style will ensure this course is one not to be missed!

Fee: R 12, 950

Venue: HEA Farm

Instructor: Dr Mark Walton


Students learn the basics equine functional anatomy, conformation evaluation, movement and lameness analysis. These subject matters are also applied using biomechanical methods.
After completing this course, the student will be able to:
1. Employ the palpation skills required to locate surface anatomy to place markers for bone measurement, joint angle and inclination for conformation and gait assessment,
2. Objectively discuss the results of the bone measurements, joint angle and inclination,
3. Know the basic terminology used for equine conformation and gait assessment,
4. Discuss how conformation, gait and lameness relate to performance, physical and behavioural issues,
5. Know the basic terminology used for biomechanics and equine locomotion,
6. Know the history of equine biomechanics.

Course Overview

• Recognizing and improving your eye for gait abnormalities
• Gait problem solving and discussion
• Evaluating the posture in response to performance issues
• Noticing common patterns in gait deficits
• Diagramming the footfall of gaits
• Causes and symptoms of the lame horse
• Subjective analysis of conformation: Limb deviations, rotations and determination of symmetry
• Functional anatomy of the equine musculoskeletal system
• Palpation of external landmarks used to locate centres of joint rotation and for making segment and angle measurements
• Basic anatomy and terminology
• Preventing lameness
• Gait analysis and evaluation guideline
• Locating palpation points
• Discussion of the gaits as shown in current research
• History of biomechanics
• Biomechanical techniques
• Equipometry discussion
• Measuring horses

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 high speed video. Students will learn to palpate to place markers for bone measurement, joint angle and inclination. High speed video will allow students to view horses in slow motion for an easier assessment.
Dr Marc will encourage discussion amongst the participants on how conformation, gait and lameness relate to performance, physical and behaviour issues. The participants will be guided through the protocol of equine gait assessments on actual horses and learn how to diagram the footfalls of the horse. 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.
On the final day, we will have participants do a work up on horses requesting blocks and other imaging, giving a whole new insight into newly honed observational skills.

This course is a required module for the Equinology® Equine Body Worker Level III Certification Program. For certificates of achievement (certification) please go here.
Should you have any specific requirements or needs please inform us (admin@equicais.com), so we can address your needs and prepare the Dr. Marc prior to the course.
For this course there are 50 hours of guided study (case studies and extra learning activities) once the
student leaves the class.

Includes course hand-outs and supplies.

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 here.
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.

Previous EEBW Certification Students will find their EQ100 Manual useful for review and reference.

Any Good Additional Anatomy Text (we suggest):
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

Any Good Lameness Book (we suggest):
Manual of Equine Lameness by Dr. Gary Baxter or
Practical Guide to Lameness by Dr. Ted Stashak

Any Good Veterinary Dictionary (we suggest):
Veterinary Medical Terminology by Romich available through Cengage
Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary

Further Favourite Reading for Future Information:
Biomechanics and Physical Training of the Horse by Dr. Denoix
The Horse in Motion: The Anatomy and Physiology of Equine Locomotion by Pilliner, Elmhurst, and Davies
Equine Exercise Physiology by Dr. David Marlin
The Dynamic Horse by Dr. Hilary Clayton
The Horse in Motion: The Anatomy and Physiology of Equine Locomotion by Pilliner, Elmhurst, and Davies
Diagnosis and Management of Lameness in the Horse by Drs. Ross and Dyson

BSc (Agric.), BVSc
Dr. Marc Walton

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