Course: Performance Horse Issues

Recognizing Issues that Affect Performance Horses

In this self-paced online course, the student will learn about some of the issues that could be causing the horse to have restrictions in movement, be physically uncomfortable, or even lame. We call the issues at the root of the horse’s discomfort “Primary Issues”. There are often more than one primary issue. As the horse seeks to avoid discomfort, Secondary Issues will arise such as uneven patterns of holding stress in the body, uneven gait patterns, joint strain, muscle atrophy, etc

The course is broken down into five sections with extensive reading material and online videos that will give the student a broad base of information to help the owner/competitor or support personnel sort through the issues with individual horses:

  1. Recognizing Lameness
  2. Anatomy Review and Gait Observations
  3. Hooves
  4. Teeth
  5. Saddle Fit

The textbooks for the course are:

  • Equine Lameness for the Layman by G. Robert Grisel, DVM, 2018
  • The Essential Hoof Book by Susan Kauffman and Christina Cline, 2017
  • Dental Anatomy Pocket Guide by Jenny Edwards and Paige Poss, 2012
  • Suffering in Silence by Jochen Schleese, 2013

Recognizing Issues That Affect Performance Horses

The textbooks for the course are:

  • Equine Lameness for the Layman by G. Robert Grisel, DVM, 2018
  • The Essential Hoof Book by Susan Kauffman and Christina Cline, 2017
  • Dental Anatomy Pocket Guide by Jenny Edwards and Paige Poss, 2012
  • Suffering in Silence by Jochen Schleese, 2013
I really enjoyed this course and found it to be extremely informative. The textbooks used are easy to understand and the course is broken down into easy-to-manage segments. It’s not only a great introduction to equine anatomy but also covers various common health conditions that every horse owner should be aware of and understand. When I had questions, the facilitator was easy to contact, friendly, and responded in a timely manner. I recommend this course to anyone wanting to broaden their knowledge of equine anatomy. – Heather, Squamish BC, Canada

AVALON PERFORMANCE HORSE AND RIDER SUPPORT

online training

Competition can be harsh on both horse and rider, so stressful that we loose site of the joy we could have with our horses.  Trainers focus on training horses, we are grateful for the job they do. There’s so much they would like to say to riders that might not be well received.  If we have a better understanding of the pressure we are putting on our trainers and horses, we can develop more patience and make better informed choices that are in balance for everyone.

LEARN

The best horsemen will tell you they never stop learning.  The saying is true that the more we learn, the more we understand how little we really know.  We encourage you to enjoy the journey.

DISCERN

Train your eye to see the horse more accurately, developing confidence in your decision-making based on sound information.

ANATOMY

Take time from riding to learn more about how the horse is built and functions in order to make horse purchases with eyes wide open.

EXPERIENCE

Presenting comprehensive information presented in an easy to understand format to suit various learning styles.

ENJOY

Greater understanding of the issues the horse faces can lead to thoughtful adjustments to the program bringing greater ease and enjoyment.

COMPETING

Competing or not, we all love to excel at what we do and would like to be known as horsemen and women.  We respect that and your investment in your program.