Module 3: Residential Lectures & Wet Labs

Description: A 9-day residential module – the longest in the industry- taught by specialists, packed with hands-on experience in small groups.


Module 3: Residential Lectures & Wet Labs



This module is a 72-hour residential course, designed to support and elaborate on the lectures taken in Module 2. Students must complete Module 2 before attending the residential component of the ASTR program. During this residential period,  the student will have 4 hours to palpate horses for surface anatomy and isolate muscles and other important structures, perform 12 hours of case assessments (static and dynamic), explore a minimum of the manual therapies and applied therapeutics which include introduction to various soft tissue mobilization techniques and bodywork, myofascial release, range of motion exercises, activation, spinal mobilization, the Equiband System, ground/applied exercise and other tactile and proprioceptive stimulus techniques. Students will also be introduced to to electrical therapies inlcuding shockwave, TENS, EMS, FES, therapeutic ultrasound, vibration plate and other rehabilitation/conditioning options which may include cold spas, and the underwater treadmill or swimming.

Educational Objectives: 


This course is designed for qualified individuals to work as equine rehabilitation specialists in the equine healthcare industry.


The objectives for this course include how to:

  • Interpret the examination to define proper application of rehabilitation techniques
  • Communicate examination findings to other team members to determine if a selected rehabilitation plan is appropriate
  • Analysis and compare the surface anatomy for symmetry
  • Identify the major muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the horse
  • Utilize the appropriate manual therapies for different cases
  • Validate the appropriate use of electrical therapies for different cases
  • Complete a comprehensive evaluation of a full case study
  • Interpret the various causes of equine lameness
  • Recognize differences between approaches to neurological cases compared to lameness cases
  • Understand basic equine conformation and how it can relate to acquired lameness or performance issues
  • Recognize the need of the team approach in the care, examination and rehabilitation approach of the horse, with emphasis on communication between different team players
  • Determine which cases and conditions are candidates for rehabilitation therapy
  • Record case findings to communicate universally with fellow team members. 
  • Understand the different possible outcomes with reference to specific rehabilitation procedures
  • Cite which injuries will respond best to manual therapies or to electrotherapies


Course Duration:  


The residential (onsite) lectures and hands-on wet labs are scheduled over 72 hours,  including  guided study in the evening, and during a day off (12 hours in total). The  residential portion  of this program is held over a nine day period.

8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Days 1-4); 32 class hours

Guided study and assignments on day off (Day 5): 8 hours

8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Days 6-8); 24 hours

8:00 am – 12:00pm (Day 9); 4 hours

Students are expected to spend at least one hour per evening reviewing the daily course material, and preparing for the next day’s activities.

Sequence and frequency of Residential Course module:

Module 3 will be offered at least twice a year in California, USA. In addition, Module 3 will be offered in alternative years in Europe (United Kingdom), Australia, and in any other geographical region with sufficient course participants for a residential module (20 participants).

🇺🇸 April & October 2020 (exact dates are to be advised)

Your Residential Course Module includes

Wet Labs

Presented in small groups, with a variety of horses, to ensure that each student can confidently appreciate clinical observations in different cases. 

More hands-on experience than in any other program!

Test, don’t guess! Successful case outcomes depend on the correct application of different manual approaches to assessment and follow-up evaluation. 

Theory portions

Short presentations, relevant to each lab topic, to underpin the process of clinical evaluation and design of appropriate rehabilitation programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

Registration for the residential module is open immediately after successful completion of the examination for Module 2.

Can I have face-to-face interaction with the instructor(s)?

Our residential module is the longest offered! During this time, each student will have ample one-to-one time with each of the instructors on the course. The wet labs are designed to provide each student with the time required to confidently assess, work on, and re-evaluate different cases. This module places a strong emphasis on clinical reasoning used for each case, especially in the design of appropriate rehabilitation programs. 

Does this course have any certificates?

Students will receive a certificate of achievement for completion of the examination of Module 3. 

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