Rehabilitation for Equine Back & Sacroiliac Conditions - A 2-Day Practical Course

Date: Fri 1st Feb 2019 - Sat 2nd Feb 2019
Venue: Holiday Inn Oceanside & TRIFECTA Equine Athletic Center
Location: San Diego, CA (San Diego, Santa Ana or LAX Airports)
Accredited Hours: 15 hours (RACE Pending)
Course Language: English
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet USD 860.00 USD 1290.00
2nd vet, same clinic USD 820.00 USD 1225.00
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) - USD 2390.00
Intern (Requires Certification from Clinic) USD 430.00 USD 650.00
Student USD 175.00 USD 270.00
Vet L&P / Tech L-only USD 2100.00 -
Licenced Vet.Tech / Physical Therapist USD 730.00 USD 1190.00
Early Booking Deadline: Tuesday 22nd January 2019
Registration Deadline: Thursday 31st January 2019

* VAT (= MWST/MOMS/SALES TAX) will only be added for certain UK vets attending courses abroad and for all  attendees when attending courses in the UK.


Fri 1 - Sat 2 February 2019 - A 2-Day Practical Course

The registration deadline has been extended as this course will definitely take place.

*VetPD has a block of rooms available at Holiday Inn Oceanside Marina.  Please call the hotel directly and book for the group rate. 


Back and sacroiliac problems are amongst the most debilitating conditions affecting equine athletes.  Local injections of medications do not usually resolve the problems long-term unless combined with a comprehensive rehabilitation program and the introduction of management changes.  

This 2-day practical course was developed for equine practitioners with a good working knowledge of back and sacroiliac conditions and covers how to use therapeutic modalities effectively in combination with comprehensive exercise protocols aimed at strengthening the back/gluteal musculature.  The world-renowned specialists will be discussing the following topics interactively with the attendees:

  • The Physical Therapist’s Approach to Back & Sacroiliac Conditions
  • Physical Therapist’s Evaluation of the Equine Back & Pelvis 
  • Therapeutic Modalities for Back & SI Conditions – Therapeutic Laser, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, Electrical Stimulation, Rapid Release Technology & Radiofrequency Therapy
  • Rider & Horse Interaction
  • Therapeutic Exercise for Back & Sacroiliac Problems
  • Development of Treatment Plans for Back & SI Conditions
  • Underwater Treadmill   
  • Therapeutic Monitoring of Back & SI Conditions
  • Return to Sport – The Progression incl. Management Changes
  • Home Exercise Programs for your Clients 
  • Injury Prevention & Maintenance
  • Conditioning & Performance Enhancement
  • How to charge for Rehabilitation Services          

In the afternoons7 hours of case-based and practical small-groups sessions on live horses will allow attendees to become familiar with therapeutic modalities and physical therapy exercises that can be passed on to horse owners.   Each attendee will rotate through the following stations:

  • Physical Therapist’s Evaluation of Back & Sacroiliac Problems
  • Therapeutic Exercises for Back & SI Problems – Stretching, Strengthening & Improving Proprioception  
  • Therapeutic Modalities for Back & SI Problems – Radiofrequency Therapy, Therapeutic Laser, Electrical Stimulation & Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy
  • Biomechanical Interplay of Horse & Rider                                  
  • Development of Home Exercise Programs for your Clients
  • Therapeutic Modalities for Back & SI Problems – Aquatic Therapy, Rapid Release Technology & Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy    

The course fee includes lunches, coffee/tea breaks, extensive electronic course notes, a wine & cheese reception and a certificate of attendance. Attendees can choose to only attend the lectures (= Lectures Only) on this course or can register for the entire course (= Lectures & Practical Sessions).  Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available due to the practical nature of this course. 

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    Steve Adair, III
    MS, DVM, Dipl.ACVS, Dipl.ACVSMR

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Surgery & in Equine Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation
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    Dr. Adair earned his D.V.M from Auburn University after receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s from Auburn University. After receiving his D.V.M., Dr. Adair spent two years in private equine practice and completed a surgery residency at the University of Tennessee. He is presently an Associate Professor of Equine Surgery, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. Dr. Adair is board certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and as a charter Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is also certified in Animal Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Dr. Adair’s primary research areas include Equine Orthopedics, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Equine Rehabilitation. Dr. Adair has been conducting research since 1986 and has been published in numerous journals, including the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Journal of Veterinary Research, Veterinary Surgery and the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

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    Sharon Classen

    United States

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    Sharon Classen, PT, ATC, CERP, graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1981 and has worked for over 38 years in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. She took additional training and received her Certification of Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner from the University of Tennessee. She is also a Permitted Equine therapist for FEI events. Her past work experiences include working at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, the University of Nebraska Cornhusker’s dynasty football program,  NCAA sports, and private orthopedic and sports medicine practices. Her current practice, Serenity Physical Therapy, involves working with Equestrian and Equine Athletes throughout the United States and Internationally. Both at the national and FEI levels.

    Sharon has presented at the APTA’s (American Physical Therapy Association) annual meeting (CSM), at the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners), at the International Association of Veterinary and Physical Therapy Rehabilitation. She teaches VetPD courses, ISELP,  and on the faculty of University of Tennessee’s CERP (Certification of Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner at UT).  She is also part of the USEF High Performance Sports Medicine Symposium and does consultation with the FEI with various program developments. She is also a member of the APTA’s special interest group Animal Rehab. She has treated both Equestrian and Equine athletes at World Cup competitions and was the Head Physio at the World Equestrian Games.

    Her main focus is prevention, maintenance, rehabilitation, and performance enhancement of both the horse and rider. Focusing on biomechanics and return to full function/sport. Sharon’s primary research interests include Biomechanical Interplay of Horse and Rider, Concussions management, and Therapeutic Exercise for the Equine Athlete. She brings her unique perspective as a clinician, rider, and trainer to the world of Equine Sports Medicine.

    Sharon has been working with the Equine Athlete using her skill set as a Physical Therapist for almost 40 years - evaluating, treating, and implementing plan of care and Therapeutic Exercise programs. She has been passionate about horses from an early age and the marriage of PT and her love of horses has been a natural union.

    Sharon lives in Elkhorn, NE with her husband and two daughters and owns a 26 stall barn where she has trained and treated show jumpers for 38 years. She has trained with many of the US Olympic team trainers and top trainers here in the United States. Both Sharon and her daughters compete at many top jumper shows throughout the United States.

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    Robyn Wyzinski

    United States

    Equine Physical Therapist
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    Robyn Wyzinski received her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree and BA in Human Health Science from Clarke University, Iowa. She has been a physical therapy clinician since 2001, working in large medical centers and private practice in Southern California, Chicago Illinois and Colorado.

    Robyn studied advanced clinical practice in equine rehabilitation through University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical School, receiving her Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner recognition in 2015. She opened CORE Physical Therapy as a private practice to treat equine and equestrian athletes. Robyn has worked as a consultant for veterinarians within private clinics and has done volunteer consulting for an equine sports therapy center.

    Robyn is a recognized Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist, a certification designating specialist level training in the biomechanics of horse and rider. She received her Physical Therapist License for Animals from the Colorado Board of Professional Regulation. Robyn worked as an FEI Physiotherapist for the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, South Carolina, providing sports medicine therapy for elite riders and teams from around the world.

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Course Program

Holiday Inn Oceanside & TRIFECTA Equine Athletic Center


TRIFECTA Equine Athletic Center
31257 Via Maria Elena
Bonsall, CA 92003

The lectures will be held at : 
Holiday Inn Oceanside Marina
1401 Carmelo Drive
Oceanside, CA 92054


The wetlabs will be held at: 
TRIFECTA Equine Athletic Center
31257 Via Maria Elena
Bonsall CA, 92003


*VetPD has a block of rooms available at Holiday Inn Oceanside Marina.  Please call the hotel directly and book for the group rate. 



International airports

50 miles: San Diego International Airport-San Diego, CA

63 miles: John Wayne International Airport-Santa Ana, CA

100 miles: LAX-Los Angeles, CA

Trifecta Equine Athletic Center
Nearby Hotels


Hotel Details                           Distance from Course Location                     Guide Price(pppn)


Quality Inn Fallbrook                          4.4 miles                                                         $95.00

3135 Old Highway 395

Fallbrook, CA 92028



Pala Mesa Golf Resort                        5.8 miles                                                         $149.00

2001 Old Highway 395

Fallbrook, CA 92028



Courtyard by Marriott San Diego           12 miles                                                            $123.00

3501 Seagate Way

Oceanside, CA 92056



Extended Stay America-San Diego          14 miles                                                            $90.00

3190 Vista Way

Oceanside, CA 92056


Great balance between theory & practical wetlabs, interesting speakers of high quality, not exclusive to specialist vets, but suitable for all

Folke Rohrssen, Cahir, Ireland

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Very user friendly, quite informal, a lot packed in 2 days but brilliant content. Learnt loads, and increased my confidence. Would highly recommend.

Phil Richards, Mendip Way Equine clinic, Bristol, UK.

Back, Sacroiliac & Pelvic Problems of the Horse course 2016