Equine NUtrition and TRAining COnference – ENUTRACO 2015


Bingen and Waldalgesheim, Germany, September 3-7,2015

The Equine NUtrition and TRAining COnference – ENUTRACO – 2015 will provide you with the opportunity to discuss in depth with your peers about mycotoxins, phytomedicine, roughage only nutrition, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions. The complete program with the exact timing is shown in the leaflet PDF of the event under “download event information”.

Just make time and join us in Bingen on the Rhine to enjoy it!

In cooperation with Tierklinik Binger Wald

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September 3 (Thursday) in Hildegardishaus, Bingen: Lectures from 9:45 to 19:00 hours

  • How to feed sport horses with roughage only. Anna Jansson
  • Quality parameters for assessing good roughage for horses and how to meet those under different environments. Anna Jansson, Jürgen Müller, Johannes Thaisen
  • Equine immunology and phytogenic drugs: Possibilities and limitations. Sabine Vollstedt
  • Medicinal plants for animals – a current therapeutic option with long tradition. Michael Walkenhorst
  • In the evening: nutrition of participants and speakers

September 4 (Friday) in Hildegardishaus, Bingen: Lectures from 9:00 to 18:00 hours

  • Impact of moulds and mycotoxins on health and performance of horses: analytical procedures, interpretation of results, intervention and mycotoxin mitigating feed additives. Johanna Fink-Gremmels
  • The Whole horse approach to Equine Rehabilitation: the biomechanical view. Diane Isbell and Sheila Schils.
  • Acute treatment of tendon, tendon sheats and ligament Injuries (SDFT, SL, DDFT, ET, collateralligaments and including hind limb). Florent David
  • In the evening: Training of participants and speakers

September 5 (Saturday) in Hildegardishaus, Bingen: Lectures from 9:00 to 17:45 hours

  • Immobilization and re-mobilization of injured tendon and ligaments - new approaches. Florent David
  • Novel approaches for injury-prevention and monitoring of tendons and ligaments by means of ultrasound tissue characterization (UTC imaging). Hans van Schie
  • Shoeing: Considerations to maintain sport horses healthy and rehabilitation measures. Florent David
  • The Whole horse approach to Equine Rehabilitation: the myofascial view. Vibeke Södring Elbrönd
  • In the evening: Rehabilitation of participants and Speakers

September 6 (Sunday) in Tierklinik Binger Wald: Wetlabs from 8:30 to 17:00 hours

Participants will work with the instructors for four times 90 minutes to learn about and improve skills selected. Participants will rotate among wetlabs. Not more than 8 participants in each group. The wetlabs are: 1) Functional electrical stimulation (FES): Sheila Schils; 2) Myofascial release: Vibeke Södring Elbrönd; 3) using hard and soft casts for fetlock support and the EqueStride rehab device: Florent David; 4) Scanning tendons and ligaments with UTC imaging: Hans van Schie.

September 7 (Monday) in Tierklinik Binger Wald: Practical work from 8:30 to 16:00 hours

The Whole Horse approach to Equine Rehabilitation: Evaluation, diagnosis and manual treatment. Lameness exams will be done on horses with known musculoskeletal pathologies and their biomechanics discussed. Then the specific (and others if deemed necessary too) regions of the pathologies will be ultrasounded and the findings discussed. Thereafter the best means of rehabilitation will be discussed and demonstrated. Clinical exam and ultrasound: Diane Isbell. Manual and instrument lead physiotherapy: Sheila Schils and Vibeke Södring Elbrönd.

The speakers

Florent David
graduated in 2000 from the National Veterinary School of Lyon, France. He then completed an internship and a residency in equine surgery at the University of Montreal, Canada. Since 2007, he is a Diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons - Large Animal (Equine). The same year he became Lecturer in Equine Surgery at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland, and was a senior member of the equine referral clinic at the UCD Veterinary Hospital from 2007-2014. Additionally, he is Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (2012) and associate member of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (2011). Since April 2014 he has crossed the Atlantic Ocean and left academia to join the renowned Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center, Ringoes, New Jersey, USA. His main fields of interest are orthopaedics, with particular attention to tendon and ligament injuries, minimally-invasive surgery, sports medicine, lameness and shoeing considerations, regenerative medicine, ultrasonography and MRI.

Johanna Fink-Gremmels
graduated 1974 from the Veterinary University of Hanover, Germany and worked first on environmental toxicology at the Institute for Wildlife Research, Ahnsen, Germany. Between 1976 and 1985 she pursued her academic career in the Institute for Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Veterinary University of Hanover, Germany to become in 1985 Senior Scientist and Research Director of the Institute for Microbiology and Food Toxicology, Federal Institute for Nutrition and Health MRI, Kulmbach, Germany. In 1991 she moved on to become Professor of Comparative Veterinary Pharmacology and Clinical Toxicology in Utrecht University, The Netherlands, a unit now embedded in the Institute for Risk Assessment sciences. Her areas of scientific interest are feed additives, biotransformation and disposition of veterinary drugs and toxins, mechanisms involved in inflammation and toxicological risk assessment with a special focus on mycotoxins in the food chain.

Diane Isbell
grew up with horses, worked professionally with western performance horses and was an assistant manager at a large thoroughbred breeding farm with rehab facilities before attending vet school at the University of California, Davis (UCD). There she was introduced to ultrasound imaging by Carol Gillis, founder of the ultrasound department at UCD. The success rate in rehabilitation of soft tissue injuries of Carol Gillis has strongly influenced her approach to treating injuries. Diane Isbell´s practice consists primarily of dressage horses and barrel racers working with the horses, saddle fit and riders to resolve and manage injuries to improve both performance and comfort level in the horses. She has also spent over 27 years as a racetrack regulatory veterinarian in Northern California. Her exam and observation techniques have been honed while doing over 300,000 pre-race exams on thoroughbreds.
She does training sessions on ultrasound imaging, ultrasound guided injection techniques and rehab with individual veterinarians and veterinary clinics..

Anna Maria Jansson
obtained the Master of Science in Agricultural Sciences in 1994 and a PhD in Animal Physiology in 1999 from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden. She worked there as an Associate Professor in physiology, with special reference to exercise physiology and nutrition until 2006 and became then Professor in nutrition and management of the horse at the Dept of Animal Nutrition and Management. In addition she is Professor at Holar University College, Equine Science Dept, Iceland. Her research focuses on exercise and nutrition of the horse, more recently with the possibilities of feeding sport horses with roughage only.

Jürgen Müller
is a specialist on grasslands and does also research on the management of pastures for horses. He studied Agronomy in the University of Rostock and has worked in academia, state institutions and forage breeding enterprises in Germany. In 1999 he became a research assistant on grassland und forage science at the University of Göttingen and since 2005 he directs the Grasslands and Forage Research Group at the Faculty of Agronomy and Environmental Sciences at the University of Rostock (all cities in Germany). Research activities regarding the horse focus on vegetation pattern, poisonous pasture weeds and nutritive value of herbage and conservates.

Sheila Schils
has a PhD in Biomechanics/Kinesiology and a Masters in Equine Nutrition. She was a Professor of Equine Science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls for 20 years, and spent a year on sabbatical with the Equine Biomechanics Team at the Swedish Agricultural University. This interaction focused on the importance of evaluating the biomechanics of the horse when dealing with injury and recovery. In 2001 Sheila began private practice in the field of equine rehabilitation, specializing in the use of functional electrical stimulation (FES) for physical therapy. Injury rehabilitation is her main work, however injury prevention is an important part of her practice as well. She not only has a background in research and education, but has also balanced that education with many years of riding and training horses and riders. To develop her riding skills, she has worked with leading trainers, including a year spent riding for Eric Lette in Sweden, the past International FEI Chair of Dressage. Her commitment to riding has led to numerous national and regional awards in eventing and dressage.

Vibeke Sødring Elbrønd
graduated from the faculty of veterinary medicine of the University of Copenhagen and has a PhD in Anatomy and Physiology. She is Associate Professor in Anatomy and Biochemistry at the Department of Clinical Veterinary and Animal Science. In 2008 she completed an education in Veterinary Chiropractic and since her research field is biomechanics / functional anatomy with focus on fasciae and functionality of fasciae. Besides the University she runs a small praxis where she treats the locomotion system of dogs and horses using manual therapies such as chiropractic and fasciae release.

Johannes Thaysen
graduated in 1981 at the University of Göttingen (diploma in animal breeding). He is head of the consultant group of Fodder Conservation, Forage quality and Organic Forage Cropping at the Agricultural Chamber in Schleswig-Holstein, Department of Crop Farming. In 2002 he received his PhD from the University of Kiel, Germany, for research on the influence of LAB-inoculum and molasses on the fermentation pattern of grass silages and their nutritional effect on dairy cows. His experience on animal breeding in the tropics and forage quality qualifies him to lead positions in German Agricultural Boards like DLG (German Agricultural Society) and KTBL (Advisory Board for Agricultural Technique and Construction). His horse related research focuses on production techniques of winter forage like hay, bale silage and haylage.

Hans T. M. van Schie
graduated in 1972 at Utrecht University and specialized in equine orthopaedics and sports medicine with special focus on tendons and ligaments in the horse. He founded 2 clinics for high-performance sports horses and was team doctor and consultant for the Dutch Olympic equestrian teams during many years. In 2001 he returned to academia, dedicated to research into the ultra-structure of elastic tendons and into the fundamentals of ultrasound tissue characterization (UTC). From 2005-2012 he was Senior Researcher at the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, Department of Orthopaedics of Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam. Research was done into the pathophysiology of human tendon tissue, regenerative therapy, rehabilitation and UTC, mainly of the Achilles tendon. From 2007-2012 he was Associate Professor for Comparative Research of Tendinopathy at the Department of Equine Sciences of Utrecht University. In 2009 he co-founded UTC Imaging in the Netherlands and became Director of Research & Developments. Since 2012 he is Professor and Senior Principal Research Fellow to the Department of Physiotherapy of Monash University, Frankston, Australia. Research is focussed on monitoring exercise effects, aiming at the design of programs for prevention and rehabilitation of tendon injuries.

Sabine Vollstedt
studied veterinary medicine at the University of Leipzig, Germany and graduated in 1998. She also studied Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCM) in Beijing, China. She received her Dr. med. vet. degree in 2001 and her PhD in 2004 from the University of Zürich, Switzerland for research on the innate immune system in neonatal mice. She continued her research on immunology in the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia as well as the University of Tokyo, Japan. In 2007 she was certified in acupuncture by the CHI Institute in Florida, USA and runs since then her own practice with a small rehabilitation centre in Germany devoted to Equine TCM, phytotherapy and chiropractice.

Michael Walkenhorst
graduated in 1998 from the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover, Hanover, Germany. He pursued thereafter research on various subjects in the Department of Livestock Science of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Frick, Switzerland, and obtained in 2006 his Dr. med. vet. title from the Vetsuisse Faculty of the University of Zürich, Switzerland comparing antibiotics with homeopathy for the treatment of mastitis in dairy cows. Since 2014 he leads the research on animal health of the Department of Livestock Science of FiBL with the main focus on preventive veterinary medicine including reduction of antibiotic input as well as the preventive and therapeutic use of medicinal plants and natural products in livestock.

What you need to know

To present your work

Please download the guidelines for submitting an abstract and send your work for review until March 15, 2015 to contact@agpferd.com.

Location and dates

September 3 to 5
Hildegardforum der Kreuzschwestern, Rochusberg 1, 55411 Bingen: Phone: +49 (0) 6721 181000; http://www.hildegard-forum.de or
Hildegardishaus, Rochusberg 1, 55411, Bingen

September 6 and 7
Tierklinik Binger Wald, Hofgut Kreling, 55425 Waldalgesheim; Phone: +49 (0) 6721 94 24 0; http://www.tierklinik-bingerwald.de

Accommodation (please book early because the wine festival will be starting on the days of the conference and many persons will be in the city and all the region!!!!)

- NH Bingen, Am Rhein Nahe Eck, D-55411 Bingen; Fon +49 (0) 6721 79 60; reservation.nhbingen@nh-hotels.com; www.nh-hoteles.com
- Hildegardishaus, Rochusberg 1, 55411, Bingen (very limited, please contact Arno Lindner)
Many others can be found through the hotel search machines on the internet.


Airports of choice

Frankfurt am Main (FRA) and Frankfurt-Hahn (http://www.flyhahn.com); However, Cologne/Bonn (CGN) is a quite good choice too because from there it is quite easy to get to Bingen by Train.

Arno Lindner;
Heinrich-Roettgen-Str. 20,
D-52428 Juelich, Germany

Fon: +49 2461 340 430;
Fax: +49 2461 340 484

e-mail: contact@agpferd.de;