Bingen/Waldalgesheim, Germany, September 23 to 24, 2020

New (30.8.2020): The location of this course has been changed! It will be hold on September 23 in the NH Bingen hotel (lectures) and on September 24 in the Tierklinik Binger Wald (practice), Germany. 

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.

The German Academy for Continuous Veterinary Education (ATF) has credited the event with 13 hours.

Wednesday, September 23

  • 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

  • 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 in NH Bingen,
Am Rhein Nahe Eck · 55411 Bingen;
Phone +49 (0) 6721 79 60;;;

September 24 in Tierklinik Binger Wald,
Hofgut Kreling · 55425 Waldalgesheim,


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

- NH Bingen (instructors are accommodated here)
Am Rhein Nahe Eck · D-55411 Bingen;
Phone +49 (0) 6721 79 60;;;

- Other hotels through:


Further information

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

Nearest airports: Frankfurt am Main (FRA) and Frankfurt-Hahn (; However, Cologne/Bonn (CGN) and Düsseldorf (DUS) are good choices too because from there it is rather easy to get to Bingen by train and the hotel is within 10 minutes walking distance from the railway station (Hauptbahnhof) Bingen. In the case that you like to take a taxi and there is none at the train station, then call +49 (0) 6721 356 49

We care for transport from downtown Bingen (hotel NH Bingen to the clinic and back on all days) 


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.