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Anatomy and Common Injuries of the Equine Forelimb

Online Course: Anatomy and Common Injuries of the Equine Forelimb

Enhance outcomes for equine athletes with an in-depth understanding of common causes of forelimb lameness

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Keryn Legg

Keryn is an avid horse rider and has vast experience treating horses and their riders

1.5-2 hours

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The equine forelimb is designed to ensure that horses can run fast. The forelimb carries approximately 55 to 60 percent of the horse's weight and supports a large part of the rider’s weight as well. Forelimb injuries and lameness can, therefore, be a significant issue for equine athletes and their owners. This course, the first of two courses on the equine forelimb, will introduce key anatomical features of the front limb and then discuss some common injuries that can cause issues in horses.


This course aims to provide you with the anatomical and pathophysiological knowledge to understand common injuries of the equine forelimb.


This course is made up of readings, videos, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Reading activity
  2. Video
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.

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