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UPCOMING EVENTS -- DR. DEB'S SCHEDULE -- 2010

October 22-27, 2010 FULL BODY EQUINE ANATOMY CLASS

This is Dr. Deb's flagship anatomy class for 2010, with all the bells and whistles. We have an excellent sponsor who is supplying a great facility and every amenity, including daily catered lunches. Students get free handout packet and study disks. Plus -- the enrollment fee has never been lower -- only $750 for the class.

For more information and to enroll, please contact Joe Lally by
telephoning (503) 545-1541, or eMail thehorsechiro@aol.com

Here's a complete syllabus for all five days of the class:

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.

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