Equine Orthopaedic Case Days

Weilerswist-Müggenhausen, Germany, September 23 to 26, 2017


in cooperation with Pferdeklinik Burg Müggenhausen GmbH

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Participants will see experts in the diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic diseases working up routine clinical lameness 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 discuss and demonstrate rehabilitation measures for selected cases examined on day 1 with the objective of sending the horses home with a rehabilitation program.



Saturday, September 23, practical work (Equine Clinic)
Instructors: Philippe Benoit, Sue Dyson, Alan Manning
Credited by ATF with 8 hours of CE

  • 9:00 - Clinical lameness examination, radiographic and ultrasonographic evaluation of lameness in horses.
    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 anaesthesia as necessary), radiography, ultrasound, etc. Scintigraphic and magnetic resonance images of the horses will be available on some cases.
  • 18:30 - End


Sunday, September 24, case presentations (Hotel Weidenbrück)
Instructors: Philippe Benoit, Sue Dyson, Alan Manning
Credited by ATF with 7 hours of CE

  • 9:00 - Each case worked the prior day will be presented (cases are filmed as the exams are being performed). This will include images and history. The diagnostic and treatment options will be discussed.
  • 17:30 - End
  • Surprise evening


Monday, September 25, theory in the morning (Hotel Weidenbrück), practical work in the afternoon (Equine Clinic)
Instructors: Philippe Benoit, Dewi Bergman-van Mechelen, Sue Dyson, Jürgen Gotthardt, Alan Manning and Sheila Schils
Credited by ATF with 7 hours of CE

  • 9:00 - Discussion between the vet team (Alan, Philippe and Sue) and the reha team (Dewi, Jürgen and Sheila on how to rehabilitate cases of day 1 by farriery (Jürgen), manual therapies (Dewi and Sheila) and riding (Sheila).
  • 12:30- Lunch
  • 14:00 - Work on the horses according to the measures discussed on day 2 and in the morning. Further evaluation.
  • 18:30 - End


Tuesday, September 26, practical work (Equine Clinic)
Instructors: Dewi Bergman-van Mechelen, Sue, Jürgen Gotthardt and Sheila Schils
Credited by ATF with 6 hours of CE

  • 8:30 - Evaluation of the horses presented the prior day and continue practical work with the participants.
  • 12:00 - Lunch
  • 13:00 - Continue work.
  • 16:30 - End



Philippe Benoit
graduated from Alfort Veterinary School in 1989 Paris, France. He did a Master in Exercise Physiology from 1990 to 1992, and was Team veterinarian of the French Jumping Team from 1992 to 1999, and in 2000 for the teams of Saudi Arabia and Brazil. He established a clinic next to Versailles (France) in 1993 and monitors since 2012 constantly show jumpers of clients in USA. His main interests are orthopaedics, shoeing and back problems of horses.

Dewi Bergman-van Mechelen
went to the International Physiotherapy Academy “Thim van der Laan”, and enjoyed human physiotherapy for several years while studying Animal Physiotherapy. After combining those two jobs she became a fulltime animal physiotherapist. In 2007 she got the title “equine chiropractor” with the International course “Focus on the Equine Spine”. Nowadays she treats horses only of which about fifty percent are referred by a veterinarian. She is specialized in the examination, treatment and rehabilitation of neck, back and pelvic problems. The other treatments are preventive.

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.

Jürgen Gotthardt
became German state approved farrier in 1992 and started his own farriery in 1993 followed by his enterprise “Handmadeshoes Store Germany” in 2005. In 2007 he received a Foundation Degree of Farriery Science (FdSc) from Myerscough College, in 2010 the Bachelor of Science on Equine Physical Biomechanics / Remedial Sport Performance from the University of Central Lancashire, and in 2012 his PhD with the thesis entitled “Comparison of open Hindshoe Frog Support Shoe on Show jumping horses“, all in the United Kingdom. His caseload is composed mainly of sporthorses.

Alan Manning
prior to becoming a eterinarian he pursued a Masters in equine reproduction at the Western College of Vet Medicine, Saskatoon, Canada. Following graduation from the Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, Canada, in 1990 he was in private practice for 8 years after which he left to set up his own clinic. The emphasis of his time is spent on equine sports medicine, particularly lameness and performance horse issues and he is always keen to incorporate new technologies & treatments into the practice to manage his patients through their rehabilitation.

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 her teaching and research has focused on the importance of evaluating the biomechanics of the horse when dealing with injury and recovery. In 2001, she began private practice in the field of equine rehabilitation, specializing in the use of functional electrical stimulation (FES) for muscle therapy. Gait analysis of the horse and rider, to develop correct mechanics, is a primary focus of her rehabilitation protocols and she had had the opportunity to work with many top International and Olympic horse/rider teams. Her own commitment to riding has led to a recent top 20 placing at the USDF Finals at Intermediare 1 in 2016.

What you need to know...


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;


Date & Location

September 23, 25 (in the afternoon) and 26

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

September 24 (and 25 in the morning)

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: www.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 www.agpferd.com


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