This course will help horse owners to understand the basics of equine lameness and aim to:
1. Increase their awareness of lameness in horses as it’s a very common occurrence.
2. Increase their knowledge of basic equine anatomy, especially of the lower legs and hoof care as this is the most common site for lameness. We provide training in Equine Anatomy & Physiology.
3. Know the most common lameness conditions that affect horses of their breed, conformation and discipline. This is very important in terms of avoiding and managing lameness that is caused through training and equestrian disciplines that might not be fit for purpose for that particular horse breed.
4. Be able to recognise worsening performance under saddle which can be a precursor to lameness. Just because you can’t detect lameness that falls in the ‘traditional lameness scoring category’ it does not mean it does not exist. It can be very subtle. Neck, back and pelvic stiffness or even lameness can also manifest later in the limb or as unexplained intermittent lameness that owners often report.
5. Recognise certain conformational attributes and how they predispose to lameness. We provide training in this – Conformation, Biomechanics & Beyond.
6. Know the factors that minimize lameness and musculoskeletal injury in horses. The most important are the right strength and conditioning training and matching this for the horse. We provide training in this – Training & Rehabilitation from an Anatomical Perspective.
7. Nutrition is extremely important too. We provide training in this - Equine Nutrition for Horse Owners and professional training too to become an Equine Nutrition Advisor.
8. Knowing how an owner can manage the overall musculoskeletal system of the horse to help avoid and/or manage lameness through physical therapy
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