Recognizing Issues that Affect Performance Horses


This is an intermediate level course in equine education.

Recognizing Issues That Affect Performance Horses

Required textbooks for this course are not currently sold on this website. You can find where to purchase required books by visiting our Book and Video page.



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