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Dates: October 26-30, 2012
Friday through Tuesday
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: Bend, Oregon is a destination resort town for the world renowned Mt Bachelor. There is a full range of accommodations from camping to 5 star resorts and plenty of everything in between with all the restaurants to go along with it.

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: There will be shuttle service from the Redmond, OR airport to the designated Hotel/Motel and then shuttle from motel to class daily so a rental car is only needed if you wish to explore the area. There will be plenty of people driving locally and it always work out that we explore some of the local eateries as a group. (After cleaning up of course).

To Enroll and for Further Information Please Contact Our Organizer:
Joe Lally DC, CAC

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: You may place a 50% deposit with the balance due by October 1, 2012. This deposit is only refundable if a replacement for your seat is found. If this class is for you, email at the above link and details will be sent as to where to send your tuition fee, which motel we are getting a group rate at and supplying shuttle service to and all other details necessary to join us for this event.
See You There !

Dates: October 26-30 2012 Friday through Tuesday



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.


August 3-7, 2012:
Combined "Skeleton Assembly Class" and Horsemanship Instruction, sponsored by Ken and Kerri-Lee Schmuland and the Rafter Diamond-K Ranch near Edmonton, Alberta. We'll spend part of each day learning about and assembling a real horse skeleton. While the glue dries or Ken is off in the shop welding the armature, we'll be out in the arena with horses. Horsemanship instruction may be group or individual, depending on the number of participants and their needs. If you don't ride and you just want the anatomy instruction, you're welcome to come; and of course all the riders ought to be interested in the skeleton too. For more information and to enroll, contact Kerri-Lee at horses@rafterdiamondk.com.


November 10-12:
Deb's annual journey of research and teaching at Vindolanda, an ancient Roman fort in northern England which produces all kinds of wonderful artifacts, including Dr. Deb's special interest -- bones, bones, and more bones. This isn't an event as such, but Vindolanda does welcome visitors at any time of year, and it's an unusual, fascinating, and wonderful vacation destination. For more information, go to www.vindolanda.com.e6


August 19-September 12th:
Horsemanship improvement clinic sponsored by Christine Amber at her place near Watsonville, California. At this event we'll spend part of our time in the classroom enjoying lectures, films, handouts, and real bones, and the other part in the arena handling and riding our horses. Participants are asked to bring horses that they feel confident riding at a walk or trot. The focus is on problem-solving, improving your understanding and learning skills and techniques. One of Dr. Deb's famous demonstrations of "subtle roundpenning" is a possibility. Spectators are welcome too. For cost information and to enroll, contact Christine Amber at amber@equestriantraining.com.

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