Higher Education Short Course 6 – Equine Lameness and Rehabilitation

    Whilst studying this short course you will compare the movement of sound horses with that of unsound horses. You will be taught how to examine a horse to locate the seat of lameness and will appraise the diagnostic aids used by the veterinarian when making a diagnosis of the cause of the lameness.

    Causes of lameness, including synovial and bursal enlargements, disorders of bone, ligament strain, ailments of the joints, disorders of the external structures of the foot, disorders of the internal structures of the foot and exertional rhabdomyolysis are reviewed.

    Course Accreditation

    Academic Level:

    Higher Education Level 4

    Number of Modules:


    Study Hours per Unit:


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    Course Duration: 

    Maximum 12 months

    Study Week Requirements:

    Optional Higher Education Study Week (Additional fees apply. Please see Study Week page)

    Upon enrolment you are provided with access onto TOCES’ online E-Learning Centre where you will find your study guide, study planner, Course Advisor and tutor information, course material, assignments and other helpful study resources.

    The HE specialist short courses consist of:

    • Detailed illustrated text in pdf format which you can print or download and save.
    • Online learning resources including in-text questions and activities.
    • Pre-recorded webinars, online lectures and videos.
    • You will study and complete *one formative assignment and *one summative assignment for each short course. Referring to the course material, you will complete the assignments at your own pace, within the maximum study period, and submit online for marking and assessment. Your work is assessed by a qualified tutor, graded and returned to you with detailed feedback.
    • Upon completion of the course you will receive a graded TOCES certificate.

    Some short courses offer optional or compulsory study week attendance at TOCES’ yard in Suffolk. This consolidates the theoretical studies with a mixture of taught classroom based lessons and practical sessions.

    *HE SC 1 / 2 Equine Anatomy and Physiology has two formative and two summative assignments.

    For all HE Specialist Short Courses students must be:

    • at least 16 years old
    • prepared to undertake independent study and hold a
    • level 3 or equivalent qualification in a similar subject area and/or
    • three GCSEs at Grade C (4) and above.

    If you do not hold a level 3 qualification you may wish to consider an Intermediate Specialist Short Course.  Satisfactory completion of this will ensure you are suitably prepared for the HE Short Course.

    Course Accreditation

    Module/Unit Details

    • Module 1

      Identify lameness in the horse
      – Lameness classifications, examination to diagnose lameness, examination when moving and at rest, palpation of the limbs, passive movement of joints, diagnostic aids: nerve blocking, nuclear scintigraphy, ultrasound, infrared thermography, radiography and arthroscopy.
      Conditions that cause lameness in the horse and the relevant treatments
      Synovial and bursal enlargements, disorders of bone, ligament strain, ailments of the joints, disorders of the external structures of the foot, disorders of the internal structures of the foot, exertional rhabdomyolysis.
      Topical therapies, cold treatments, ultrasound, massage, physiotherapy, anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, surgery, laser, therapeutic shoeing, vasodilator and anticoagulant drugs.

      Therapies to reduce inflammation
      – Controlling Inflammation, cold therapy/hydrotherapy, heat therapy, therapy machines, magnetic field therapy, ultrasound, laser, massage, support, anti-inflammatory drugs, and topical anti-inflammatory preparations.

      Benefits of a rehabilitation programme
      – Recovery and rehabilitation for a range of conditions and types. Tools and equipment used during rehabilitation – swimming pools, treadmills, water treadmills, spas. Measuring success of rehabilitation programmes.


    Full Payment


    • Online access to all course material and assignments
    • Tutor support
    • Enrolments are accepted any time throughout the year.
    • Additional fees apply for Optional Higher Education Study Week

    Pay as You Learn

    £50 Initial Fee

    • Initial fee: £50 Access to material and first assignment marked
    • Second payment: £25 Second assignment marked
    • Third payment: £25 Certificate awarded