Sport Horse Injury/Lameness Prevention & Care – Spring ’23

Apr 3 – May 8

2 weeks (5-10 hrs/wk)

Archived, CE Eligible, Registration is Closed

Learn how to prevent injury and manage lameness!

Performance horses compete in a wide range of athletic activities, each with their own “typical” injuries and lameness issues. Horses in recreational activities also have many lameness issues. Regardless of which sport or which level you train/ride/compete at, lameness issues top the list for veterinary visits and poor performance. In comparison to the racehorse with a rather short career, our recreational and sport horses are often actively training and competing for well over a decade!

This online short course can be of benefit for all horse owners, trainers, riders and farriers to help prevent injury and manage lameness. Our goal is to focus on evidence-based medicine and dive into the rapidly developing world of injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Never taken an online course before? No worries! This course takes a common sense, practical and flexible approach – no prior online learning experience required.

Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Equine Guelph – the horse owner’s Centre at the University of Guelph.

Time Commitment:

  • Occurs over a 2-week period
  • 5-10 hour time commitment is required during this period
  • No set times to be online!  Log in at your own convenience and learn at your own pace.
  • Recommended you visit the course site at least 5 times a week, preferably once or more each day
  • Course is entirely online, so travel to the University of Guelph is NOT required


  • All materials are provided online within course site


  • 16 years of age or older

For more information, please email [email protected]

Phone: 519 824-4120, ext. 54205

Course Instructor:

Dr. Bri HendersonDr. Bri Henderson grew up on a horse farm in Southern Ontario where her parents bred, developed and trained Arabian and Half-Arabian Sport horses.  She credits her experience at the University of Edinburgh’s R(D)SVS, her early mentorship and the continued support of her Rood and Riddle internship family to her success and love of the job.  Her passion for the health and development of the equine athlete led her to becoming board certified in Equine Sports Medicine and Injury Rehabilitation. 

Guest Expert:

Sean Elliott is a Certified Journeyman Farrier by the American Farrier Association, and is the Past Vice Chairman of the World Championship Blacksmith Competition, held at the Calgary Stampede annually for the last 30+ years.  He is also the Past Chairman of the Canadian Horsehoeing Championships, also held annually in Calgary for the last 10+ years.  He has Instructed in a Vet/Farrier weekend, sponsored by the AAEP, at Tuskeegee University, AL. These events are held all over the United States and offer farriers/vets to work side by side, sharing information with vet students, about horse feet and how they should be balanced and trimmed.   He has spoken to 4-H and Pony Club groups about equine anatomy and the importance of regular maintenance for their horses.  He has also been a Guest Speaker for Equine Guelph’s 12-week course “Functional Equine Anatomy.”

These individuals have provided their expertise and assistance in developing course videos and other content:

Dr. Jeff Thomason


Dr. Jeff ThomasonOntario Veterinary College

Well known for his ability to bring anatomy to life, Dr. Thomason teaches anatomy to veterinary students at the Ontario Veterinary College.   Dr. Thomason is a researcher conducting internationally recognized research on the equine hoof.

“I completed this course and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was informative and relevant. My understanding of lameness and associated issues as a result of lameness in the thoroughbred is far greater now than before beginning this course. As usual Guelph have delivered a course that is a must for anyone who is engaged in the horse industry or interested in learning more about the horse.”

Anthony MacAlpine (Australia)
Student – Sport Horse Injury/Lameness Prevention and Care