PATRICK POLLOCK BVMS, CertES(Soft Tissue), FHEA, DipECVS, MRCVS
European & RCVS Specialist in Equine Surgery, University of Glasgow, Scotland
GUNTHER VAN LOON DVM, PhD, DipECEIM, Ass.Member ECVDI
European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine, Ghent University, Belgium
LEE CLARK BSc, MCSP, SRP, ACPAT
Chartered Veterinary Physiotherapist, Darlington, UK
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 I need to be concerned about teeth grinding? Another vet diagnosed a heart murmur – do I need to worry about it? 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 poor performance such as cardiac problems, upper respiratory obstructions, systemic diseases, gastric ulcers and muscle conditions through lectures and practical small-group sessions. The topic of convalescence from musculoskeletal conditions is approached through lectures on how to devise tailor-made rehabilitation programs and physiotherapy of the horse with upper front- and hindlimb problems and back/sacroiliac conditions. The use of pulse, lactate and GPS tracking as training and rehabilitation tools will furthermore be discussed. In the afternoons, 7 hours of practical sessions will allow delegates to further their practical skills on live horses and cadaver specimens in small groups (3-5 delegates per ultrasound machine) at the following practical stations: Cardiac Ultrasound; Dynamic & Static Upper Respiratory Endoscopy; Static physiotherapy exercises for Back/Sacroiliac & Upper Limb Conditions; Dynamic (strengthening) Exercises for Back/Sacroiliac Conditions & Locking stifles; Gastroscopy; Poor Performance Case Discussions.