Kerpen-Buir, Germany, September 23 to 24, 2020

Learn about why it is so valuable to watch horses ridden and about the complications that potentially ensue when assessing the horse – tack – rider triad. Learn about how the Ridden Horse Ethogram was developed and validated and how equine behavior can tell us about the likely presence or absence of equine musculoskeletal pain. Like any clinical tool, to use the Ridden Horse Ethogram well requires knowledge of the pitfalls and guidance in its use. Learn how to apply the Ridden Horse Ethogram and practice its application.

Accreditation by the German Academy for Continuous Veterinary Education (ATF) is requested.


Wednesday, September 23, Gut Anstelburg

  • 10:00 – Introduction
  • 10:15 – Importance of seeing horses ridden for assessment of lameness and poor performance. Sue Dyson
  • 11:15 – Coffee break
  • 11:45 – The development of the ethogram. Sue Dyson
  • 12:45 – A real case. Katy Thompson
  • 13:15 – Lunch
  • 14:15 – How to use the ridden horse ethogram. Sue Dyson
  • 15:15 – Video based practical evaluation of pain in ridden horses. Sue Dyson
  • 16:00 – Coffee break
  • 16:30 – Wet-lab: Evaluating non-lame and lame horses ridden. Sue Dyson and Katy Thompson
  • 18:00 – Discussion of findings and methodology.
  • 18:30 – End and dinner together in a nearby restaurant


Thursday, September 24, Gut Anstelburg

  • 9:00 – Participants will be divided in 2 groups to apply the ethogram and assess other aspects of each       ridden horse´s gait and performance alternating between Sue Dyson and Katy Thompson
  • 12:00 – Discussion on the experience obtained during the practical session. Sue Dyson and Katy     Thompson
  • 13:00 – Lunch
  • 14:00 – Application of the ethogram to horses at 5* three-day-events. Sue Dyson
  • 14:30 – Importance of saddle fit for horse & rider. Sue Dyson
  • 15:00 – Use of the ethogram at PPEs. Sue Dyson
  • 15:30 – Coffee break
  • 16:00 – Influence of rider skill on ridden horse behavior. Sue Dyson
  • 16:30 – Tacking up and mounting behavior and other factors influencing behavior. Sue Dyson
  • 17:00 – End


The instructors
What you need to know...
The instructors

Sue Dyson

graduated from Cambridge University, United Kingdom. She was Head of Clinical Orthopedics at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, England for many years until 2018 and is now an independent consultant for in-depth orthopedic evaluations and pre-purchase examinations of horses. She is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Specialist in Equine Orthopedics, a European Specialist in Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and Associate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. 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.


Katy Thomson

is a graduate of Edinburgh University. She completed an internship at the Animal Health Trust, during which she was involved with a research project evaluating veterinarians’ ability to use the Ridden Horse Ethogram to discriminate between horses with and without musculoskeletal pain. Katy is currently in private equine practice in Scotland. She is also a horse rider.

What you need to know...

Dates & Location

September 23 to 24, 2020
Gut Anstelburg,
Sankt-Michael-Straße 6-8, D-50170 Kerpen-Buir (bei Köln);
Fon 02275-201020-9;


Accommodation (please book early because of a large trade fair in Cologne during this week)

Hotel zur Wasserburg (here are accommodated the speakers; rooms are reserved until May 1, 2020 under the code “Equine Course”)
Am Hubertushof 1, 50171 Kerpen, Germany
Phone: +49 2275 919900;


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 August 1, 2020 !! Course price is reduced by 5% for FFP members and two or more persons from the same practice / clinic

* Includes coffee breaks, lunches and beverages

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