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Dates: October 24 - 28, 2013
Thursday through Monday
Led by: Deb Bennett, Ph.D.

Come join Dr. Deb as we explore and learn about the inner workings of the horse. This program is an intense 5 day dissection for any and all interested students of the horse; trainers, body workers, veterinarians, vet techs, chiropractors, farriers, riders, and any other interested persons. The focus is on the musculo-skeletal system and the loosely-followed syllabus is as follows

Day 1: Lecture:
Review of tissue types and properties, part 1; skeletal maturation in the horse; and introduction to muscles and biomechanics of the neck.

Day 1: Lab:
Dissection of the neck. Featuring: fascia and skin; multiple muscle layers; function of poll joint, atlas and axis, head twirling; major circulatory vessels; biomechanical function of base of neck.

Day 2: Lecture:
Review of tissue types and properties, part 2; anatomy and physiology of chewing, swallowing, and breathing; basic principles of bitting.

Day 2: Lab:
Dissection of the head. Featuring: Dentition, pharynx, larynx, hyoid apparatus, tongue, muscles used for chewing, muscles of expression, muscles used in swallowing. Demonstration and discussion of chewing, tooth wear and eruption, dental problems and issues

Day 3: Lecture:
Basic principles of biomechanics; true nature of tendon, white vs. yellow ligament; slings and levers in the horse's body; the "Woody" paradigm and the concept of anatomical straightness.

Day 3: Lab:
Dissection of the shoulder, withers, and upper forelimb; the pectoral and serratus muscle complexes and their function; demonstration of all muscles involved in forelimb protraction and retraction.

Day 4: Lecture:
Internal systems: digestive tube, circulatory system, and organization of the nervous system. Lymph and 'subtle' systems. Muscles of the haunch and the importance of 'untracking'; stay and reciprocating systems built into the horse's limbs.

Day 4: Lab:
Dissection of the haunch; demonstration of reciprocating apparatus of hind limb, including the 'hook' within the stifle joint. Further dissection of the forelimb, with demonstration of the reciprocating system of the forelimb, including function of the 'check' ligaments and implications for understanding stance and hoof breakover.

Day 5: Lecture:
The 'ring of muscles' paradigm, core muscles, core fitness, and the true nature of collection in the ridden horse. Implications for trimming and hoof growth. Structure of the hoof capsule and review of structures within the capsule, mechanism of hoof growth, understanding laminitis and navicular disease.

Day 5: Lab:
Demonstration of the long muscles of the back and the muscles of the interior core which empower extension and flexion of the spine and collection. Deepest layer of muscles in the neck and their continuity with muscles of the torso and haunch. Deep dissection of the distal limb, hoof capsule structure, hoof trimming principles, circulation to the hoof, digital cushion, coffin joint.

This class is not just an anatomy class. This class is an experience in the evolution of Equus. As a palentologist Dr Deb brings us to a place of understanding that is not to be rivaled anywhere in the world, relative to the single mammal that has willingly advanced civilization the way that our friend the horse has.

In consideration for these economic times this is the first time that we will be allowing partial enrollment and letting students choose to come only on specific days and not needing to sign up for the entire program. Look at the syllabus above and choose the days you would like to attend -- or save $25.00 per day and sign up for the entire class.

Class Location: Nr. Turlock, California. For those wishing to take a few days' vacation, we are only 2 hours by car from Yosemite National Park/Giant Redwoods, or an equally short distance to Pinnacles National Monument (view giant condors), Pebble Beach and Carmel. We are 3.5 hrs. by car from San Francisco and the Marin/Sonoma wine country.

Class: The class is fully self-contained and all supplies are included. There will be a daily catered lunch with coffee, tea, and snacks supplied throughout the day. Every student receives an extensive packet of handouts, bring a three-hole-punch notebook.

Transportation: If we have sufficient enrollment, we will provide shuttle transportation to and from the Sacramento International Airport. You may also rent a car, and we will help you share car rental with other students if you desire. Enrollees who want shuttle service should fly in to Sacramento. Those who rent a car can fly either to Sacramento (2.5 hours north of our lab) or Fresno (1.5 hrs. south).

Enrollment Coordinator: Wendy Fandl is our event co-ordinator this year, and she will help you with enrollment, motel/hotel locations and prices, airport shuttle, and other details.
Please eMail wjfandl@yahoo.com

Preferred method of contact: DrJoe@horsechiro.com
Use this eMail address to contact Dr. Joe if you would like to sign up for this very special class

Registration: Those who are enrolling for the full five days MUST place a deposit of $225 in order to secure your enrollment, with the balance due on the first day of class. To pay the deposit, use the "one-day enrollment" PayPal button below. This deposit is only refundable if the class fills completely and a replacement for your seat is found.

Five-day enrollees may also pay the full tuition at once; please use the appropriate PayPal button below.

Those who are enrolling for one, two, three, or four days -- please use the appropriate PayPal button below. Partial-week students MUST pay the entire tuition at once in order to secure a place in the class. $225 of the amount is considered your non-refundable deposit, which is only refundable if the class fills completely and a replacement for your seat is found.
See You There !

Dates: October 24 - 28, 2013 Thursday through Monday



Full-Body Anatomy, 5-Day Enrollment $1,000 ($200/day)


1-Day Enrollment (you may select any one day) $225


2-Day Enrollment (you may select any two days) $450 ($225/day)


3-Day Enrollment (you may select any three days) $675 ($225/day)


4-Day Enrollment (you may select any four days) $900 ($225/day)


Any student who has previously completed and paid for a full 5-day enrollment may enroll a second time (or 3rd, 4th, or 5th time) at a 50% discount. Use this button ONLY if you are a former 5-day student wishing to refine and increase your understanding by taking the course again.




January 1-5:
The George Morris Horsemastership Seminar, West Palm Beach, FLA. Sposored by the U.S. Equestrian Federation (U.S.E.F.). To see Dr. Deb's lectures free online go to: www.usef.org and click on "George Morris Seminar", then scroll down to days 2, 3, and 4.

January 19-20:
Horse Council of British Columbia annual convention, Kamloops. Lecture series on conformation study and Birdie Theory.

January 31-February 2:
The Pomona Horse Expo, lecture series on conformation analysis.

February 13:
The Rotary Club of Oakdale, California. Valentine's Day lecture on Birdie Theory and "Love".

April 12-15:
Horsemanship Improvement Clinic at Hawera, nr. Stratford, North Island, New Zealand. For information on how to spectate or participate as a rider, please Email Jenny Paterson: horsemanshipnz@xtra.co.nz

April 20-22:
Horsemanship Improvement Clinic in Canberra, Australia. For information on how to spectate or participate as a rider, please Email Alex Wickham: tyffyn@hotmail.com

April 26-28:
Horsemanship Improvement Clinic nr. Melbourne, Australia. For information on how to spectate or participate as a rider, please Email Rebecca Pejkovic: bodytechsmash@bigpond.com

April 30-May 2:
Horsemanship Improvement Clinic nr. Brisbane, Australia. For information on how to spectate or participate as a rider, please Email Trudy Scott: trudy@pulseelectrica.com.au

May 4-6:
Horsemanship Improvement Clinic in Adelaide, Australia. For information on how to spectate or participate as a rider, please Email Brenton Matthews: brenton.matthews@bordernet.com.au or br.matthews@bigpond.com

June 7-10:
Sacramento Horse Expo (Cal Expo) in Sacramento, California: Lecture series on conformation analysis. Two lectures per day X 3 days = a complete in-depth mini-course, all for the price of admission. Don't miss this chance to hear and see Dr. Deb's presentations and ask questions.

June 15-17:
Horsemanship Improvement Clinic in Quakerstown, Pennsylvania. For information on how to spectate or participate as a rider, please Email Veronique Noe: vnoe@hotmail.com

June 22-23-24:
Horsemanship Improvement Clinic in Fulton, nr. Santa Rosa and Healdsburg, California. For information on how to spectate or participate as a rider, please Email Christine Sims: wcsims123@sbcglobal.net

Dr. Deb will be at The University of Kansas Museum of Natural History, Lawrence, Kansas for a month of research activity.

August 23 - September 18:
Dr. Deb will be at Vindolanda, nr. Hexham, Northumberland, England, at the World Heritage Roman fort and village site for a month of research activity.

October 24-28:
Dr. Deb's fabulous Full Body Equine Anatomy will be held this year at the Equine Studies Institute laboratory nr. Turlock, California. Those interested in enrolling should Email our organizer, Wendy Fandl: wjfandl@yahoo.com Previous enrollees will be permitted to take the course again for half-price. Wendy will help you with all aspects relating to travel, motel accommodations, and how to pay your nonrefundable deposit and tuition fee. For more information about the course, click on this link: Full Body Equine Anatomy

November 16:
Anatomy and Conformation Presentation for the U.S. Equestrian Association Event Horse development program. To be held in southern Maryland nr. Washington, D.C. For more information please contact Susan Graham White: susangrahamwhite@gmail.com

November 17-22:
Dr. Deb will be at the American Museum of Natural History in New York city and at the U.S. National Museum of Natural History/Smithsonian Institution for a few days of research activity.
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