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

Date: Fri 30th Oct 2020 - Sat 31st Oct 2020
Venue: High Brass Farm
Location: Newark, NJ (Newark International Airport)
Contact Hours: 15 Hours - RACE Pending
Course Language: English
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet USD 520.00
USD 580.00
USD 790.00
USD 890.00
2nd vet, same clinic USD 495.00
USD 550.00
USD 750.00
USD 845.00
Intern (Requires Certification from Clinic) USD 290.00
USD 290.00
Student USD 105.00
USD 115.00
Vet L&P / Tech L-only USD 1260.00
USD 1390.00
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) -
USD 1490.00
USD 1640.00
Licenced Vet.Tech / Physical Therapist USD 415.00
USD 465.00
USD 630.00
USD 710.00
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 20th September 2020
Registration Deadline: Friday 2nd October 2020

* 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 30 - Sat 31 October 2020 - A 2-Day Practical Course 


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 – Improving Proprioception & Core Stability
  • Physical Therapy – Manual Treatment Techniques
  • Biomechanical Interplay of Horse, Saddle & Rider
  • Development of Home Exercise Programs for your Clients     
  • Therapeutic Modalities for Back & SI Problems – Aquatic Therapy & Other Modalities 

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. 

  • VetPD

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

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Surgery & in Equine Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation
    More Info

    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.

    Full details
  • VetPD

    Sharon Classen

    United States

    More Info

    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.

    Full details
  • VetPD

    Robyn Wyzinski

    United States

    Equine Physical Therapist
    More Info

    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.

    Full details

Course Program

High Brass Farm


High Brass Farm
68 Sky Manor Rd


Address: 68 Sky Manor Rd, Pittstown, NJ 08867

Phone: 908-996-1218



From Route 78 East or West:
Take exit 15 off route 78 and make a left at bottom of ramp. Go 5 1/2 miles and turn right onto Sky Manor Road. Go 1/2 mile and turn right into Sky Manor Airport. Go 1,000 feet and turn right into gravel driveway at High Brass Farm sign.

From Route 31 and 202:
Take route 12 West towards Frenchtown. Go 5 miles and turn right onto Pittstown Road. Go 1 mile and turn left onto Sky Manor Road. Go 1/2 mile and turn right into Sky Manor Airport. Go 1,000 feet and turn into gravel driveway at High Brass Farm sign.



International Airports

Newark International: 50 Miles

Philadelphia International: 67 Miles




Hampton Inn-Clinton

16 Frontage Rd.

Clinton, NJ. 08809

(908) 713-4800

3.6 miles

Rooms From $138

Towns Place Marriott- Clinton

1638 HWY 31 North

Clinton, NJ. 08809

(973) 797-1226

4.8 miles

Rooms from $161

Courtyard-Marriott Lebanon

300 Corporate Dr.

Lebanon, NJ 08833

(908) 236-8500

8.0 miles

Rooms from $141

Hampton Inn-Flemington

14b Royal Rd.

Flemington, NJ. 08822

(908) 284-9427

8.0 miles

Rooms from $125

Residence Inn-Bridgewater

3241 Route 22

Branchburg, NJ 08876

(908) 725-9812

14.0 miles

Rooms from $172


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

Folke Rohrssen, Cahir, Ireland - Back, Sacroiliac & Pelvic Problems of the Horse

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

Phil Richards, Mendip Way Equine clinic, Bristol, UK - Back, Sacroiliac & Pelvic Problems of the Horse