Rehabilitation for Equine Back & Sacroiliac Conditions - Webinar Series & 1-Day of Wetlabs

Date: Thu 5th Aug 2021
Venue: Sanakena - Das Zentrum für Pferdegesundheit
Location: near Hamburg, Northern Germany (Hamburg Airport)
Contact Hours: 15 Hours
Course Language: English (German Moderation)
  • Net price, no tax will be added*
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Qualified Vet - EUR 980.00
2nd vet, same clinic - EUR 930.00
Intern/Resident (Requires Proof of Status) - EUR 490.00
Veterinary Student - EUR 195.00
Registered Physiotherapist - EUR 880.00
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) - EUR 1910.00
Early Booking Deadline: Thursday 24th June 2021
Registration Deadline: Wednesday 4th August 2021

* 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.


The registration deadline has been extended as this course is confirmed to take place

This course consists of:


1-Day Wetlab at Sanakena - Zentrum für Pferdegesundheit, Germany, on Thursday, 5th of August


9-hr on-demand Lecture Series *, which covers the theoretical aspects of the course and provides the attendees with the essential knowledge in order to attend the wetlab day.


Webinar Series Registration : If you would like to attend the webinar series only, click here to access the registration page for the webinar series on 'Rehabilitation for Equine Back & Sacroiliac Conditions'. Once you have registered and upon payment, you will receive the link to access the on-demand recording for a period of 8 weeks. The registration fee includes extensive electronic course notes. If you wish to receive a Certificate of Attendance after having viewed the webinar, please get in touch with us and we will send it to you electronically. After having taken and passed a multiple-choice question quiz, an additional certificate can be provided which confirms that the quiz was successfully completed. This certificate may then be used to request accreditation points from your local governing body / Veterinary Medical Association.





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 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 in the webinar series:

  • The Physiotherapist's Approach to Back & Sacroiliac Conditions
  • Physiotherapist'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
  • Therapeutic Exercise for Back & Sacroiliac Problems
  • The Importance of Saddle Fit
  • Development of Treatment Plans for Back & SI Conditions
  • Underwater treadmill    
  • Therapeutic Monitoring of Back & SI Conditions
  • Return to Sport - The Progression including Management Changes
  • Home Exercise Programs for your Clients
  • Injury Prevention & Maintenance
  • Conditioning & Performance Enhancement
  • Horse, Saddle & Rider Interactions

7 hours of case-based  and  practical small-group 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:

  • Physiotherapist's Evaluation of Back & Sacroiliac Problems
  • Therapeutic Exercises for Back & SI Problems - Improving Proprioception & Core Stability
  • Physiotherapy - 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 lunch, coffee / tea breaks, extensive electronic course notes and a certificate of attendance. Attendees can choose to only attend the lectures (=  Lectures Only = On-demand Recordings ) 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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    Lee Clark

    United Kingdom

    Chartered Physiotherapist and Veterinary Physiotherapist
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    Lee is a Chartered Physiotherapist qualifying in 1997 from the University of Teesside in the UK. He worked in the NHS for 2 years whist training to become a Chartered Animal Physiotherapist, graduating in 1999 as a Cat A member of ACPAT. He then completed a 2-year postgraduate course in manual therapy/sports at Glasgow University in 2001. Lee has completed numerous other courses in many different techniques such as Acupuncture, Laser Therapy, Neurology, Kinesiotaping, Saddle Fitting and Manipulation. In 2011 Lee was appointed the Official Team Physiotherapist for the British Equestrian Team responsible for treating the horses and riders and has worked at numerous European and World Equestrian Games including WEG 2014. In 2012 he was selected to be one of the physiotherapists at the London 2012 Olympic Games providing treatment for horses travelling from all over the world to compete. Lee now continues to combine human and equine work, dividing time equally between Darlington Physiotherapy and Sport Injury clinic specialising in the treatment of riders, and The Equine Physiotherapy Clinic which specialises in rehabilitating horses after serious injury.

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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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    Gillian Tabor
    Chartered Physiotherapist & ACPAT Veterinary Physiotherapist

    United Kingdom

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    Gillian Tabor is a Chartered Physiotherapist who has been working as an ACPAT Veterinary Physiotherapist for over 15 years, in her own practice in Devon.

    She specialises in physio for horses and riders, with the focus on treatment and rehabilitation of competition horses. With experience in treating all types of horses, Gillian uses her physiotherapy skills, in combination with knowledge of biomechanics, to help your horses. Physiotherapy integrates hands-on treatments, with electrotherapy and exercise, specifically selected to improve your horses posture, performance, balance and strength.

    Gillian is the programme manager and lectures on the MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy course at Hartpury University and is undertaking research, both her own equine projects and supervising students.

    When not working she has two young Lusitanos to keep her busy and plans to progress up the dressage levels with them.

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Course Program

Sanakena - Das Zentrum für Pferdegesundheit


Sanakena - Das Zentrum für Pferdegesundheit
Hasenmoorkamp 3
25482 Appen-Etz


Sanakena - Das Zentrum für Pferdegesundheit

Hasenmoorkamp 3

25482 Appen-Etz





Hamburg airport is a half hour drive from the rehabilitation center.

By Public Transport

From Hamburg Airport take the S-Bahn (S1) into Hamburg, change at Altona to Pinneberg. Change in Pinneberg to take the train to Appen-Etz, Rollbarg. It is a 10-minute walk from the train station.


                                                                              Distance from Clinic       Room Rate (pppn)


Rellinger Hof****                                         5.7km                            From €95

Hauptstraße 31

25462 Rellingen

Phone:     +49 (0) 410 121 30




Thesdorfer Hof***                                         5.1 Km                          From €85

Rellinger Str. 35

25421 Pinneberg

Phone:     +49 (0) 4101 54540



Gästehaus Pinneberg***                               2.7 Km                          From €55

Mühlenstraße 97A

25421 Pinneberg

Phone:     +49 8027 585



Hotel Quellental****                                     3.9 Km                          From €95

Rethwiese 2

25421 Pinneberg

Phone:     +49 8104 66790



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 - Helsinki, Finland - May 2018


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 course 2016