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 Horse Owners' Vet Course

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At last - here is a practical course designed for all horse owners to increase their medical knowledge & learn  practical skills to monitor the health of their own horse. All horse owners should have these basic skills, which are easily learnt and can be used on a daily basis at home, while riding or in competition.

Only by increasing their understanding of the healthy horse & learning how to measure normal metabolic parameters, recognise normal anatomy and understand normal behaviour, will the horse owner then be able to observe & recognize abnormalities. Additionally, the owner will learn a wealth of skills to manage and treat their horses when required.

With such knowledge, the horse owner than has a solid grounding & knowledge bank on which to refer to on a daily basis when they interact with their horse whether on the ground or whilst riding.

Course Content - Theory followed by Practical Exercises.

1: Perform Full Physical Clinical Examination

  • Normal Metabolic Parameters - Cardiac; Respiratory; Gut; Temperature; Membranes; Hydration; Sight

  • Abnormal Metabolic Parameters - exercises to measure abnormal parameters

2: Anatomy Review

  • Theoretical Review of Normal Anatomy - Musculoskeletal System; Nervous System

  • Abnormal Parameters - Practical Musculoskeletal Assessment; Lameness Exam

3: Injuries & Wounds

  • Stages of Wound Healing & Wound Assessment

  • Injury & Wound Management Techniques including Therapeutic Laser & Ultrasound Therapy

  • Bandaging

4. Common Clinical Conditions

  • Recognition of common illness; Initial Action Plans

  • Common Medications & Applications

Course Details


Full day;  8:30 am - 5:30 pm.  Theory sessions indoors followed by practical sessions outdoors and/or undercover. Small group maximum 8 people. Suitable participant age from 15 years old. Bring own horse or may share one horse between 2 people.


Horses must be well handled, in at least light work and amenable to practical handling. Day yards available +/- overnight yard/paddock if required.

INCLUDES:      Written Course Notes; Stethoscope; Thermometer; Light refreshments

COST:             $220





Future Course:
           Equine Veterinary Biomechanics
  • Equine Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
  • Discipline Specific Exercise 
  • Discipline Specific Injury
  • Therapy during Competition
  • Injury & Rehabilitation Exercises
  • Myofascial Therapy
  • Core & Stretch exercises
  • Bodywork & Massage Techniques
Prior Completion Essential:
" Horse Owners - Veterinary Practical Course."
Future Course:
"Horse Owners - Veterinary Practical Course"
  •  for participants 10 - 15 years of age
  • run in school holidays; dates TBA
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