Equine Orthopaedic Case Days

Müggenhausen and Heimerzheim, Germany, September 22-25, 2018

Practical diagnostic work-up and discussion of treatment options of orthopaedic conditions – is it orthopaedic, neurologic or biomechanical dysfunction
With Monica Aleman, Sue Dyson, Ralf Pellmann, Thilo Pfau, Carrie Schlachter, Katleen Vanschandevijl

In cooperation with Pferdeklinik Burg Müggenhausen

Participants will see experts in the diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic diseases working up horses with locomotion anomalies on day 1 of the course. The instructors will discuss their approaches, findings, diagnosis and treatment options as they present all cases together on day 2. Days 3 and 4 of the course will be devoted to perform neurological and biomechanical dysfuntion tests on cases selected from those presented on day 1 where no distinct clinical diagnosis was possible. The neurological and biomechanical examination and eventual treatments (farriery, manual, etc.) of some of these selected cases will be followed by an objective gait analysis system to gather further information for the diagnosis and treatment of the horses.


Saturday, September 22, 2018: Practical work (Equine Clinic, Weilerswist-Müggenhausen)
(ATF accredited with 7 hours)

9:00 to 18:00 hours: Clinical lameness examination, radiographic and ultrasonographic evaluation of lameness in horses.
Instructors: Sue Dyson, Ralf Pellmann, Carrie Schlachter

We will work on lameness cases at the equine clinic. The day will be divided into three sessions of 120 minutes each. In each of the sessions a new case is presented, but the group of participants changes (so the participants get an opportunity to experience each of the instructors); Horses will undergo routine clinical exam (including diagnostic anesthesia as necessary), radiography, ultrasound, etc. Scintigraphy and magnetic resonance images of the horses will be available on some cases.

Sunday, September 23, 2018, case presentations (Hotel Weidenbrück)
(ATF accredited with 7 hours)

Instructors: Sue Dyson, Ralf Pellmann, Carrie Schlachter

9:00 Each case worked from the day before will be presented (cases are filmed as the exams are being performed). This will include images and history. Participants can comment on the diagnostic and treatment options.

17:30 End

18:15 Surprise evening

Day 3, September 24: Lectures and practical work on how to diagnose locomotion anomalies not attributable to clinical and imaging findings.
(ATF accredited with 7 hours)

Instructors: Monica Aleman, Ralf Pellmann, Thilo Pfau, Carrie Schlachter, Katleen Vanschandevijl
Lectures (Hotel Weidenbrück)

9:00 The specific neurological exam. Monica Alemán

9:45 The specific clinical test. Ralf Pellmann

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 The biomechanical dysfunction exam. Carrie Schlachter

11:45 The Magnetic Motor Evoked Potential test. Katleen Vanschandevijl

12:30 Lunch

14:00 Practical work with the selected horses (Equine Clinic)

18:00 End

Day 4 September 25: Practical work with horses and discussion of findings (Equine clinic)
(ATF accredited with 6 hours)

Instructors: Monica Aleman, Thilo Pfau, Carrie Schlachter, Katleen Vanschandevijl

8:30 Practical work with selected horses

12:00 Lunch

Discussion on findings, measurements and treatments

13:00 The gait analysis system. Thilo Pfau

14:00 The neurologic exam. Monica aleman

14:30 The Magnetic Motor Evoked Potential test. Katleen Vanschandevijl

15:00 Coffee break

15:15 The biomechanical dysfunction. Carrie Schlachter

15:45 Wrap-up

16.30 End


Your instructors

Monica Aleman
obtained her veterinary degree at the University UNAM-Mexico. She completed residencies in large animal internal medicine (equine emphasis) and neurology and neurosurgery at UC Davis and achieved board certification for both specialties by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She completed a PhD in comparative pathology of neuromuscular diseases at UC Davis. Her research and clinical interest has focused in neurology, neuromuscular and muscle disorders in all species with equine emphasis. Currently, she is a faculty member of the equine internal medicine and neurology services, and Director of the Neuromuscular Disease Laboratory at UC Davis. Monica is one of the founding members of the Equine and Comparative Neurology Research Group, and is affiliated with the Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory at UC Davis. Currently, she works in the investigation of neuromuscular disorders in multiple species including humans.

Sue Dyson
graduated from Cambridge University, United Kingdom. She is Head of Clinical Orthopaedics at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, England. Sue’s main clinical interests are improving lameness and poor performance diagnosis by combining imaging techniques with comprehensive clinical evaluations. 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.

Ralf Pellmann
graduated in 1992 from the veterinary medicine faculty of the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. After 1 one year as assistant veterinarian in an equine practice in Berlin he worked for 8 years in an equine clinic specialised on orthopaedic problems in horses. He became a certified Equine Veterinary Specialist in 2002 and founded his own practice in 2004 devoted entirely on orthopaedical problems and riding disturbances of horses.

Thilo Pfau
graduated in Information Technology from the Technical University of Munich. He did a PhD in the field of pattern recognition at the Institute of Human-Machine Communication at Munich, followed by a two year postdoc at the International Institute of Computer Science, Berkeley, California. He then joined the Structure and Motion Lab at the Royal Veterinary College London, Great Britain, as a postdoctoral fellow and investigated investigating locomotion on compliant limbs, horse-surface interaction and automated lameness detection in dairy cattle. In 2008 he became a lecturer in bio-engineering in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and was recently promoted to senior lecturer. He is now focusing on applied locomotor biomechanics with an emphasis on objective quantification of movement anomalies. Since being appointed Lecturer he has concentrated on pioneering a multi-sensor GPS-enhanced gait analysis system for field and clinical use collaborating with veterinarians in the Equine and Small Animal Referral Hospital as well as internationally and is heading the Equine Gait Analysis Service providing advanced quantitative gait assessments for the Equine Referral Hospital and the equine practice.

Carrie Schlachter
honed her interest in sports medicine during veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, ultimately receiving the Charles F. Reid Clinical Excellence Award in Sports Medicine and Imaging. She has over 30 years of horse experience and more than 12 years of clinical experience in equine sports medicine and rehabilitation. Since graduation she has pursued numerous educational opportunities in all facets of equine diagnostics and rehabilitation among them she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2016. Her determined pursuit of a ‘better’ way led her to partner her sports medicine practice with Circle Oak Equine Rehabilitation and develop one of USA’s leading equine rehabilitation centers together with Sarah Puchalski and Jack Snyder. Under her direction, Circle Oak focuses on the ‘whole horse’ and aims, above all, to determine the root cause of each presented problem. She oversees all rehabilitation and fitness programs at Circle Oak, working directly with either horse owners or their veterinarians.

Katleen Vanschandevijl
graduated from Ghent University in 1999.  She worked for 10 years as assistant professor at the University of Ghent at the department of Large Animal Internal Medicine. Her special interest lies within equine neuropathology, muscle disorders and IBD. After research on vitamin E levels in horses she focused on spinal ataxia and cervical vertebra imaging in warmblood horses. In 2009 she successfully passed the board examinations of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine. Since 2013 she works at the equine referral hospital De Bosdreef, Belgium, taking care of the internal medicine case load. Since more than 15 years she routinely uses the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS, MMEP Magnetic Motor Evoked Potential) to assess spinal ataxia and to distinguish between neurological and orthopaedic issues in horses.

What you need to know...

Accommodation (about 2-4 km from the equine clinic)

Hotel Weidenbrück

Nachtigallenweg 27,
53913 Swisttal-Heimerzheim;
Phone +49 (0) 2254-6030; Fax -408;


Hotel Klosterstuben

Kölner Str. 27,
53913 Swisttal-Heimerzheim;
+49 (0) 2254-830789;


Hotel Zum Schwan

Bergstr. 20,
539191 Weilerswist-Metternich;
+49 (0) 2254-9939068;


Dates & Locations

September 22, 24 (afternoon only) and 25

Equine clinic Burg Müggenhausen GmbH,
Burg Müggenhausen,
53919 Weilerswist-Müggenhausen, Germany;
Phone: +49 (0) 2254-6001-0; Fax -150;
e-mail weinberger@pferde-klinik.de;

September 23 (and 24 in the morning only)

Hotel Weidenbrück,
Nachtigallenweg 27,
53913 Swisttal-Heimerzheim;
Fon +49-2254-6030;
www.hotel-weidenbrueck.de (about 2 km from the equine clinic)


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

  • Nearest airports: Cologne/Bonn (CGN); Düsseldorf (DUS); Frankfurt (FRA)
  • On Bonn: bonn.de • For those arriving on September 22 from abroad it is convenient to stay overnight and be on September 23 at 8:00 hours in the lobby of the Hotel Bristol to be taken to the Equine Clinic (http://www.guennewig.de/hotel-bristol-bonn). Please book room thereafter in a hotel near the Equine Clinic!
  • Bio of speakers in agpferd.com
  • More equine professionals education: Please check under events in agpferd.com


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