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EQ300-600SA Equine Biomechanics, Gait Abnormalities and Lameness

When watching a horse standing still or moving, do you ever wonder what you should be looking for to objectively evaluate conformation, gaits and asymmetry? Do you know the common conformation faults and possible consequences of various defects? Do find yourself contemplating on how the muscles, tendons, ligaments and bone produce movement? Can you name the footfalls of the common gaits?


Even if you have some insight to a few of the questions, the progressive horseperson should always have more. We have combined the EQ300 Equine Biomechanics course and the EQ600 Gait Abnormalities and Lameness course for some overseas locations to bring you both courses at the same time.  


Dr. Barb Crabbe, veterinarian, published author, competitor and judge leads you through this valuable information which can help you whether you are an owner, trainer, competitor, equine health care practitioner or farrier. She will present the information in a variety of approaches using specimens, live horses, slides, diagrams and high speed video. Students will learn to palpate to place markers for bone measurement, joint angle and inclination. High speed video will allow students to view horses in slow motion for an easier assessment. They will share lively discussion on how conformation, gait and lameness relates to performance, physical and behavior issues. They will be guided through the protocol of equine gait assessments on actual horses and learn how to diagram the footfalls of the horse.


No matter how you are involved in the horse industry, don\\\'t miss this opportunity to improve your skills and build on your knowledge.

Class Outline:

  • Recognizing and improving your eye for gait abnormalities
  • Gait problem solving and discussion
  • Evaluating the posture in response to performance issues
  • Noticing common patterns in gait deficits
  • Diagramming the footfall of gaits
  • Causes and symptoms of the lame horse
  • Subjective analysis of conformation: Limb deviations, rotations and determination of symmetry
  • Basic anatomy and terminology
  • Preventing lameness
  • High Speed Cinematography
  • Gait analysis and evaluation guideline
  • Locating palpation points
  • Discussion of the gaits as shown in current research
  • History of biomechanics
  • Biomechanical techniques
  • High Speed Cinematography
  • Equipometry discussion
  • Measuring horses   
Tuition: Includes course hand-outs and supplies


A good knowledge of veterinary vocabulary, anatomy and horse handling skills is required (An equine massage or anatomy course no less than 150 hours will usually cover this material). Participants of the Equine Body Worker ® Certification course will be well prepared even if the externship has not been complete . Students new to Equinology or new to equine anatomy and vocabulary should register for the EQ50: Precourse Distance Equine Anatomy Course. Please register for the precourse study to give you plenty of time to go through the material. This precourse equine anatomy study guide is also available as an online course which is free to anyone until 2011. You can find those details by going to: