Seminar to explore pain-related performance issues in horses

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Dr Sue Dyson is presenting a seminar on "Recognising Pain-Related Poor Performance" for equestrian professionals.
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Early bird tickets for an online seminar later this year presented by Dr Sue Dyson on recognising pain in performance horses are available until the end of June.

The seminar in November hosted by Horses Inside Out, “Recognising Pain-Related Poor Performance”, is aimed at coaches, instructors, therapists, other veterinary para-professionals, professional riders and students.

One fundamental skill all horse people should have is the ability to recognise when performance issues are pain-related. It’s easy to overlook mild, multi-limb lameness and mild pain-related issues but it’s essential for the welfare of the horse to be able to identify when this is the problem.

Dyson has developed a straightforward system for assessing horse movement and comfort. In this online seminar, she will explain how to use this system, sharing tips, techniques and giving you the confidence to recognise pain related poor performance.

» Register for Recognising Pain-Related Poor Performance, on November 26, from 10am (UTC). Early bird tickets are available for £95 up to June 30. Thereafter, tickets are £120.

Dr Sue Dyson.
Dr Sue Dyson. © Horses Inside Out

Sue Dyson qualified from the University of Cambridge in 1980. Following the award of a Thouron Scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania, she completed an Internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at New Bolton Centre. She then spent a year in private equine practice in Pennsylvania, before returning to Great Britain to take a position in clinical orthopaedics at the Centre for Equine Studies of the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket.

Dyson ran a clinical referral service for lameness and poor performance, attracting clients from all over the United Kingdom, Ireland and continental Europe for 37 years. She has worked as an independent consultant since 2019. Her key interests are improving the diagnosis of lameness and poor performance and maximising the opportunity for horses to fulfill their athletic potential at whatever level.

She was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) for a thesis entitled ‘The Differential Diagnosis of Shoulder Lameness in the Horse’ and the RCVS Diploma in Equine Orthopaedics by examination. Dyson was awarded a PhD by the University of Helsinki, and is an Associate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dyson is co-editor, with Mike Ross, of Diagnosis and Management of Lameness in the Horse and co-author of Clinical Radiology of the Horse and Equine Scintigraphy. She has published more than 330 papers in peer-reviewed journals concerning lameness and diagnostic imaging and has lectured worldwide. She is a former President of the British Equine Veterinary Association and is currently scientific advisor to the Saddle Research Trust and Moorcroft Rehabilitation Centre.

Dyson is also a rider, and has produced horses to top national level in both eventing and show jumping, and holds the Instructors and Stable Managers Certificates of the British Horse Society (BHSI).

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