Module 3: ASTR Residential Lectures & Wet Labs

A 6 full-day residential module – the longest in the industry – taught by specialists, packed with more hands-on experience in small groups.


Module 3: Residential Lectures & Wet Labs

This module is designed for qualified professionals to work as equine rehabilitation practitioners in the equine healthcare industry.


This module is a 6-day, 55-hour case-based practicum, designed to support and elaborate on the lectures from Modules 1 and 2. Students must complete Module 2 before attending the practicum of the ASTR program. During this practicum, students will spend a cumulative total of 4 hours on functional anatomy, palpation, and isolation of anatomical structures. In addition to lectures and case discussions, daily wet labs focus on case assessments (static and dynamic), exploration of manual therapies and applied therapeutics (soft-tissue mobilization techniques, myofascial release, range of motion exercises, passive and active muscle activation techniques, spinal mobilization, the Equiband®Pro System, in-hand exercises, and a variety tactile and proprioceptive stimulus techniques). Students will also be introduced to electrophysical therapies including shockwave, TENS, EMS, FES, therapeutic ultrasound, vibration therapy and other rehabilitation/conditioning options including cold spas, and the underwater treadmill or swimming.

Educational Objectives:

  • To interpret the clinical examination to define appropriate and correct application of rehabilitation techniques
  • To communicate examination findings to other team members, to determine whether the selected rehabilitation plan is appropriate for the case
  • To evaluate and compare the surface anatomy for symmetry
  • To identify the major muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the horse
  • To apply appropriate manual therapies for different cases
  • To apply appropriate use of electrical therapies for different cases
  • To complete a comprehensive evaluation of a full case study
  • To interpret the various causes of equine lameness
  • To recognize differences between approaches to neurological cases as compared to lameness cases
  • To understand equine conformation and how this can relate to acquired lameness or performance issues
  • To recognize the need of the team approach in the care, examination and rehabilitation approach of the horse, with emphasis on effective communication between different team players
  • To determine which cases and conditions are candidates for rehabilitation therapy
  • To accurately record case findings for communication with fellow team members.
  • To understand the different possible outcomes in response to specific rehabilitation procedures
  • To understand which injuries will respond optimally to manual therapies or to electrophysical therapies

Course Duration:

8am to 5pm daily.

Students are expected to spend at least one hour per evening reviewing the daily course material, and to prepare for the next day’s activities. In addition, students spend at least 5 hours reviewing the material from Module 2.

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).

Confirmed for September 15-20, 2024 in Oakbank, South Australia – Dibden Equestrian Park


Confirmed for May 14-19, 2025 in northern California, United States

(other location dates TBA)

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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