Weilerswist-Müggenhausen, Germany, September 21 to 24, 2019

Practical diagnostic work-up and discussion of treatment options of orthopaedic conditions

in cooperation with Pferdeklinik Burg Müggenhausen GmbH

Participants will see experts in the diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic diseases working up horses with locomotion anomalies on day 1 of the course. The instructors will discuss their approaches, findings, diagnosis and treatment options as they present all cases together on day 2. Days 3 and 4 of the course will be devoted to perform further examinations on cases selected from those presented on day 1 including saddle and rider to determine their contribution to the lameness and implement treatment.

Continuous Professional Education certification by ATF is being seeked.


Saturday, September 21 | Practical work
Equine Clinic, Weilerswist-Müggenhausen
Instructors: Ian Bidstrup, Sue Dyson and Rikke Schultz

  • 9:00 to 18:00 hours: Clinical lameness examination, radiographic and ultrasonographic evaluation of lameness in horses.We will work on lameness cases at the equine clinic. The day will be divided into three sessions of 120 minutes each. In each of the sessions a new case is presented, but the group of participants changes (so the participants get an opportunity to experience each of the instructors); Horses will undergo routine clinical exam of each instructor (including diagnostic anesthesia as necessary), radiography, ultrasound, etc. Scintigraphy and magnetic resonance images of the horses will be available on some cases.

Sunday, September 22 | Case presentations
Hotel Weidenbrück
Instructors: Ian Bidstrup, Sue Dyson and Rikke Schultz

  • 9:00 Each case worked from the day before will be presented (cases are filmed as the exams are being performed). This will include images and history. Participants can comment on the diagnostic and treatment options.
  • 17:30 End
  • 18:15 Surprise evening

Monday, September 23 | Theory and practical work
In the morning theory in hotel Weidenbrück, practical work at the equine clinic in the afternoon 

  • 9:00 Saddle fit, birth trauma and enthesial strain as factors causing back pain and lameness. Ian Bidstrup
  • 10:00 Coffee break
  • 10:20 Pain is the biggest liar – find the area of greatest restriction, follow the fascia lines. Rikke Schultz
  • 11:20 Biomechanical basis for movement evaluation in hand and under saddle: Problems and Solutions. Sheila Schils
  • 12:20 Lunch
  • 13:30 Examination and treatment of selected horses (Equine Clinic)
  • 18:00 End

Tuesday, September 24 | Practical work with horses and discussion of findings
Equine clinic 
Instructors: Ian Bidstrup, Sheila Schils and Rikke Schultz

  • 8:30 Examination and treatment of selected horses
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Further examination and treatment of selected horses
  • 15:00 Coffee break
  • 15:15 Discussion of examination results and treatment options
  • 16.30 End
The instructors
What you need to know...
The instructors

Ian Bidstrup
the last 25 years of Ian’s veterinary career has been devoted to treating spinal pain and spinal dysfunction of horses. Additional qualifications include a Masters Degree in Chiropractic Science and Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture (IVAS) and considerable training in Medical Dextrose Prolotherapy. Particular interests include birth trauma associated asymmetry, girth pain, kissing spines, stifle lock, sacro-iliac dysfunction and saddle related spinal pain. Between 2002 & 2009 Ian was one of the principal part time lecturers in Animal Chiropractic at RMIT University Graduate Diploma in Animal Chiropractic. From 2000 to present he has been one of the principal lecturers at the annual ASFA Saddle Fit Accreditation and Advanced Accreditation courses, and is the Editor of the course manuals. He is rated as a Master Saddle Fitter by ASFA, his specialty being saddle design and suitability. Ian is a Past President of the Animal Biomechanical Professionals Australia, formerly known as the Australian Veterinary Chiropractic Association.


Sue Dyson
graduated from Cambridge University, United Kingdom. She is Head of Clinical Orthopaedics at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, England. Sue’s main clinical interests are improving lameness and poor performance diagnosis by combining imaging techniques with comprehensive clinical evaluations. Sue has also ridden at top British level in Eventing and Show Jumping and has trained horses that have competed at the Olympics and World Championships.



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. Her own commitment to riding has led to a recent top 20 placing at the USDF Finals at Intermediare 1 in 2016.


Rikke M. Schultz
graduated in 1992 from the Royal Danish Veterinary School. She worked between 1992 and 1997 in mixed practice in Iceland and from 1997 to 2006 in an equine clinic in Denmark. In 1997 she certified in acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and in 2003 in osteopathy by the International School of Equine Osteopathy by Pascal Evrard. In 2016 she certified in veterinary homeopathy and is a member of the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons. Since 2006 she runs a private equine practice with complementary medicine and enrolled in 2010 in a Master study at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic Care in Bournemouth University, England. Between 2011 and 2013 she was involved in a research project on “Myofascial chains in horses” at the Royal Danish Veterinary School and has been lecturing on non-pharmaceutical pain alleviation, acupuncture, manual therapy and myofascial release techniques in European and North America.

What you need to know...

Date & Location

September 21, 23 (in the afternoon only) and 24

Equine clinic Burg Müggenhausen GmbH,
Burg Müggenhausen,
53919 Weilerswist-Müggenhausen,
Germany; Phone: +49 (0) 2254-6001-0; Fax -150;
e-mail weinberger@pferde-klinik.de;


September 22 (and 23 in the morning only)

Hotel Weidenbrück,
Nachtigallenweg 27,
53913 Swisttal-Heimerzheim;
Fon +49-2254-6030;
www.hotel-weidenbrueck.de (about 2 km from the equine clinic)



Hotel Weidenbrück

Nachtigallenweg 27,
53913 Swisttal-Heimerzheim;
Phone +49 (0) 2254-6030; Fax -408;


Hotel Klosterstuben

Kölner Str. 27,
53913 Swisttal-Heimerzheim;
Phone +49 (0) 2254-830789;


Hotel Zum Schwan

Bergstr. 20,
539191 Weilerswist-Metternich;
Phone +49 (0) 2254-9939068;


Further information


Arbeitsgruppe Pferd – Task Force Horse
Arno Lindner
Heinrich-Röttgen-Str. 20, 52428 Jülich, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 2461 340-430; Fax: -484;



Early registration date is 10.08.2019! Course price is reduced by 5% for FFP members and two or more persons from the same practice / clinic

* Includes coffee breaks and lunches
# Includes transport, surprise, dinner and drinks

You will receive a confirmation of your registration within 24 hours, otherwise please send an email to arnolindner(at)t-online.de to be attended properly.