Sorry, due to lack of registrations by the deadline of early registration we need to cancel (postpone) this course! Wish you health and a good time!


Jonathan Jarvis, Sheila Schils, Lindsay St. George and Gillian Tabor will show the participants how to test muscle function and evaluate muscle performance. These concepts will be taught through a combination of theoretical and practical elements as well as live demonstrations. In addition, the use of all modalities to treat muscle dysfunction will be discussed. Up to 21 persons can participate.

The Academy for Continuous Veterinary Education (Akademie für Tierärztliche Fortbildung, ATF) credits this course with 21 hours.


Friday, September 23 | Lectures

  • 9:30 – Muscle function testing in human athletes: current best practice, challenges, and future perspectives. Jonathan Jarvis
  • 11:00 – Coffee break
  • 11:30 – The use of Surface Electromyography (sEMG) for the evaluation of equine muscle function and current progress towards its use for evaluating muscular adaptations during lameness.   Lindsay St George
  • 13:00 – Lunch
  • 14:00 – The use of manual techniques in the assessment and treatment of muscle dysfunction. Gillian Tabor
  • 15:30 – Coffee break
  • 16:00 – The use of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) for the identification and treatment of muscle dysfunction. Sheila Schils
  • 18:00 – End

Saturday, September 24 | Case Presentations….

  • 9:00 – …relevant to training, recovery, and rehabilitation in human exercise and how these concepts are transferable to equine medicine. Jonathan Jarvis
  • 10:45 – Coffee break
  • 11:15 – …with manual techniques. Gillian Tabor and Jonathan Jarvis
  • 13:00 – Lunch
  • 14:00 – …with sEMG. Lindsay St George and Jonathan Jarvis
  • 15:45 – Coffee break
  • 16:15 – …with FES. Sheila Schils and Jonathan Jarvis
  • 18:00 – Introduction into what will be done the next day.
  • 18:30 – End

Sunday, September 25 | Practical demonstrations in Pferdeklinik Waldalgesheim

Participants will be distributed in 3 groups of up to 7 persons each and be rotated among wet labs sEMG, FES and Manual techniques. The wet labs will be run on parallel.

  • 8:30 – Wet labs
  • 10:15 – Coffee break
  • 10:45 – Wet labs
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 13:30 – Wet labs
  • 15:15 – Coffee break
  • 16:00 – Final discussion
  • 17:00 – End

Jonathan Jarvis

Is Professor of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Liverpool. He is an elected member of the Physiological Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
His research interest is in the adaptation of muscle to exercise training, and the use of programmed stimulation to activate and rehabilitate weak or disused muscles. He has particular expertise in the design and use of implantable stimulation devices in experimental research. Jonathan is on the Board of Directors of the International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society.

Sheila Schils

has a PhD in Biomechanics/Kinesiology and a Masters in Equine Nutrition. She was a Professor of Equine Science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls for 20 years, and her teaching and research has focused on the importance of evaluating the biomechanics of the horse when dealing with injury and recovery. In 2001, she began private practice in the field of equine rehabilitation, specializing in the use of functional electrical stimulation (FES) for muscle therapy. Gait analysis of the horse and rider, to develop correct mechanics, is a primary focus of her rehabilitation protocols and she had had the opportunity to work with many top International and Olympic horse/rider teams.

Lindsay St. George

is a Research Fellow at the University of Central Lancashire, England, where she completed her PhD in 2017. She is research active in equine and human biomechanics, with a special interest in using surface electromyography to investigate how equine muscles facilitate movement. She is a 2021 Morris Animal Foundation Fellowship recipient and is working to evaluate the impact of equine lameness on movement and muscle activity with colleagues at Utrecht University and Delsys/Altec Inc. Lindsay is involved in several other national and international equine research collaborations, as well as supervising postgraduate student research.

Gillian Tabor

is a Chartered Physiotherapist and has been working as an ACPAT Veterinary Physiotherapist for 20 years. After adding teaching to her CV at Duchy College, Cornwall, England, in 2013 she joined Hartpury University, England, and is a Senior Lecturer and the Program Manager for the MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy course.

In 2020 Gillian completed her doctorate entitled ‘The use of objective measurement in Veterinary Physiotherapy’. Gillian continues to undertake research in this thematic area both in her own equine projects and via supervising students. She combines knowledge of biomechanics, behavior, and training with physiotherapy. She integrates hands-on treatments, with electrotherapy, to improve the horses’ posture, performance, balance and strength in her own practice in Devon, with the focus on treatment and rehabilitation of competition horses.

Dates and location

September 23 and 24 | NH Bingen  – see address below

September 25 | Tierklinik Binger Wald · Hofgut Kreling · 55425 Waldalgesheim, Germany; Phone: +49 (0) 6721 94 24 0 · https://pferdegesundheit-rhein-main.com/pferdeklinik-waldalgesheim/


NH Bingen

Am Rhein Nahe Eck · Museumstr. 3 · 55411 Bingen · Germany; Phone +49 (0) 6721 79 60

Other hotels through: http://www.bingen.de/

Further information

ARBEITSGRUPPE PFERD – TASK FORCE HORSE Arno Lindner Heinrich-Roettgen-Str. 20, D-52428 Juelich, Germany Phone +49 (0) 2461 340-430 · Fax -484 contact@agpferd.de · wwww.agpferd.com

  • Nearest airports: Frankfurt am Main (FRA); However, Cologne/Bonn (CGN) and Düsseldorf (DUS) are good choices too because from there as well as from FRA it is rather easy to get to Bingen by train and the hotel is within 10 minutes walking distance from the railway station Bingen-Hauptbahnhof (not Bingen-Stadt!!!) .