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