Sorry, but due to lack of registrations this course cannot be run! We shall try at another time. Please contact me If interested in the subject!


In cooperation with Ale Djurklinik

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 Pain 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 Pain Ethogram well requires knowledge of the pitfalls and guidance in its use. Learn how to apply the Ridden Horse Pain Ethogram, the many circumstances in which it can be used as a powerful tool and practice its application. 14 participants only.

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


Thursday, July 14

  • 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 Ridden Horse Pain Ethogram: why and how. Sue Dyson
  • 12:45 – A real case. Katy Thomson
  • 13:15 – Lunch
  • 14:15 – How to use the Ridden Horse Pain 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 horses ridden. Sue Dyson and Katy Thomson
  • 18:00 – Discussion of findings and methodology.
  • 18:30 – End and dinner in the clinic

Friday, July 15

  • 9:00  – Wet lab: Evaluating lame (or maybe not-lame) horses ridden. Sue Dyson and Katy Thomson
  • 10:30 – Coffee break and discussion of findings and methodology.
  • 11:30 – Wet lab: Evaluating the same horse/s after diagnostic anesthesia
  • 13:00 – Lunch
  • 14:00 – Wet lab: Continue evaluating the same horse/s after diagnostic anesthesia
  • 15:30 – Coffee break and discussion of findings and methodology
  • 17:00 – Application of the Ridden Horse Pain Ethogram to horses at novice one-day-events and 5* three-day-events: the relationship with performance. Sue Dyson
  • 17:30 – Importance of saddle fit for horse & rider. Sue Dyson
  • 18:00 – End

Saturday, July 16

  • 9.00 – Observations of elite and sub-elite Grand Prix dressage horses and the RHpE: the relationship with performance. Sue Dyson
  • 9:30 – 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 Thomson
  • 12:00 – Lunch
  • 13:00 – Discussion on the experience obtained during the practical session. Sue Dyson and Katy Thomson
  • 14:00 – Influence of rider skill on ridden horse behavior. Sue Dyson
  • 14:45 – Coffee break
  • 15:00 – Use of the Ridden Horse Pain Ethogram at Prepurchase Examinations. Sue Dyson
  • 15:45 – Tacking up and mounting behavior and other factors influencing behavior. Sue Dyson
  • 17:00 – End

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 2019 and is now an independent consultant for in-depth orthopedic evaluations and pre-purchase examinations of horses. She has a passion for the investigation of poor performance using a holistic approach to the horse, tack, rider triad in order to try to maximize performance. 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 a horse rider, currently in private equine practice in Scotland and studying towards a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Lameness Diagnostics and Therapeutics).

Dates & Location

All days

Equine Clinic: Ale Djurklinik, Norra Kilandavägen 22, 44934 Nödinge, Sweden

Phone +46 (0) 303-33 59 60



Near the clinic (7 km)

Hotel Fars Hatt (Instructors are accommodated here), Gamla Torget 2, 44231 Kungälv (7 km from the clinic)
Phone +46 (0) 303-10970; Fax -19637; farshatt@dialoghotels.se; https://dialoghotels.se/en/fars-hatt-by-dialog-hotels

Next to Central railway station, downtown Gothenburg

Avalon Hotel, Kungstorget 9 41117 Gothenburg

Phone +46 (0) 317510-200; FAX -208; info@avalonhotel.se; https://www.nordicchoicehotels.com/hotels/sweden/gothenburg/avalon-hotel/

Clarion Post Hotel, Drottningtorget 10, 41103 Gothenburg

Phone +46 (0) 316190-00; FAX -99; cl.post@choice.se; https://www.nordicchoicehotels.com/hotels/sweden/gothenburg/clarion-hotel-post/

Further information

Arbeitsgruppe Pferd – Task Force Horse

Arno Lindner

Heinrich-Röttgen-Str. 20, 52428 Jülich, Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 2461 340-430; Fax: -484;

contact@agpferd.de; www.agpferd.com