Orthopedic and Respiratory Poor Performance & Rehabilitation of the Sports Horse - A 2-Day Course



Venue: Milton Equine Hospital, Campbellville, ON

Location:Toronto, ON (Toronto Pearson Intl Airport)
Total Available Places: 30
Accredited CPD Hours: 13 CE hours
Course Language: English
Prices: (net price, no tax will be added)*
  Qualified Vet   -   -
  Student   -   -

Registration Deadline: Friday, August 21st, 2015
* VAT (= MWST/MOMS) will only be added for certain UK vets attending courses abroad and for all delegates when attending courses in the UK.


Fri 18. - Sat 19. September, 2015 - A 2-Day Practical Course


Equine Practitioners are regularly confronted with poor performance-related questions, such as: My horse has started to make a noise during exercise and struggles to keep up with the other horses; what do you think is causing it?   Do we need to investigate my horse’s reluctance to be ridden and problems with lateral work or do you think that this is a training-related issue? Evaluating horses for poor performance can be a daunting task because different conditions may present with similar clinical signs, leaving vets wondering where to start the investigation.  

This 2-day practical course covers the most common causes of orthopedic and respiratory poor performance in sports horses, how to recognize them and to decide if they are clinically relevant.  The topics of management of horses with back/sacroiliac pain, how to devise tailor-made rehabilitation programs for musculoskeletal conditions and physiotherapy of the horse with upper front- and hindlimb problems and back/sacroiliac conditions will be discussed.  Indications and usefulness of chiropractic therapy, acupuncture and pulse, lactate and GPS tracking as training and rehabilitation tools will furthermore be reviewed.  

The panel of internationally renowned specialists will present the following highly-illustrated lectures in the mornings:   

  • Management of horses with Back & Sacroiliac Pain 
  • Physiotherapy of the horse with Back / Sacroiliac Problems
  • Gurgles, Wheezes & Whistles – Making sense of the equine upper airways
  • Static & Dynamic Upper Respiratory Tract Endoscopy – Management Decision Making
  • Indications & Usefulness of Chiropractic Therapy 
  • Can’t find anything else? – Diagnostics & Therapy of Muscle Conditions 
  • Physiotherapy of the horse with upper front- and hindlimb problems
  • Indications & Usefulness of Acupuncture 
  • Rehabilitation Programs – Making it effective for horse & owner 
  • Using Pulse, Lactate and other analytes & GPS Tracking for Training and Rehabilitation    

In the afternoons, 7 hours of practical sessions will allow delegates to further their practical skills on live horses in small groups (3-5 delegates per endoscope) and to further discuss the above topics with the specialists.   The following practical sessions will be supervised by the specialists during the course: 

  • Upper Respiratory Endoscopy (incl. overground endoscopy)
  • Static physiotherapy (strengthening) exercises for Back / Sacroiliac & Upper Limb Conditions
  • Chiropractic Therapy of the Horse 
  • Dynamic (strengthening) exercises for Back / Sacroiliac Conditions & Locking stifles
  • Acupuncture Therapy of the Horse 
  • Poor Performance Case Discussions

The course fee includes lunches at a restaurant, coffee/tea breaks, a wine and cheese reception, extensive course notes and a certificate of attendance. Delegates can choose to only attend the lectures (= Lectures Only) on this course or can register for the entire course (= Lectures & Practical Sessions).  On the evening of the first day all delegates are invited to attend the course dinner, which costs 40 USD (not included in the registration fee; drinks will be charged extra).  Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available.

Course meets the requirements for 13 hours of continuing education in jurisdictions which recognise AASVB RACE approval; however, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery.

Carrie Schlachter - VMD
United States
- More Info

José García-López - VMD, Dipl. ACVS, Dipl. ACVSMR
United States
American Specialist in Equine Surgery & Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation - More Info

Narelle Stubbs - B.AppSc(PT), M.AnimSt(Animal Physiotherapy), PhD
Australia, United States
Chartered Veterinary Physiotherapist - More Info

Course Program


Milton Equine Hospital, Campbellville, ON,
10207 Guelph Line RR#1 Campbellville ON L0P 1B0 ,
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Distance to airports

International / Domestic airports

40 km: Region of Waterloo International Airport - Kitchener, Canada

42 km: Toronto Pearson International Airport - Toronto, Canada

53 km: John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport - Hamilton, Canada

63 km: Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport - Toronto, Canada

Local Hotels

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites

2750 High Point Drive, North East Quadrant, L9T 5G5. Milton Canada. Tel: +1-905 876 4955. Website: www.holidayinn.com/Milton

Distance to clinic 7.5 miles                 

Rooms from $110

Best Western Plus

‪161 Chisholm Drive, L9T 4A6, Milton Canada. Tel:+1-905 875 3818. Website: www.bestwesternontario.com/hotels 

Distance to clinic 8 miles          

Rooms from $94

Mowhawk Inn & Conference Centre

9230 Guelph Line, L0P 1B0, Milton Canada. Tel: +1-905 854 2277. Website: www.hotels.com/mowhawk-Inn-Campbellville

Distance to clinic 1.9  miles                                                   

Rooms from $95

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