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Summit - 'Form to function' - Thirza Hendriks & Zefanja Vermeulen

December 17th, Functional Horse Training & Equinestudies will host an online summit themed around comparative anatomy & biomechanics of the zebra, primitive horses and the modern (sport)horse?
What can we learn from comparative research? Why does it matter? How can we integrate this knowledge to optimize breeding practices and overall health and function of modern (sport)horses?


Can’t watch it live? Don’t worry, all sessions will be recorded. You will keep a 3-month access to all full replays.

Webinar 1 | 9:00 - 10:30 CEST

A study on zebra’s: observation in the wild and dissection findings

During this presentation you will learn about observation and dissection research of various zebra species in Africa. What can we learn from their way of living? What issues do they deal with?

The presentation will continue with 2 dissection case studies of zebras. We will show videos of the zebra’s during life as well as extensive footage of their dissection with some truly astonishing findings and provoking questions.  What are the anatomical similarities and differences? What are the differences in joint health? What is the difference in muscle development? How is comparative research relevant for the modern (sport) horse industry?


Webinar 2 | 11:00 - 13:30 CEST

The differences between primitive and modern (sport) horses

This presentation will target all questions primitive: What is a primitive horse? What are genetic and anatomical similarities and findings? What difference is there in their way of living? How do they communicate and express happy emotions, stress, pain, or calming signals? How do they deal with injuries? How much stress do they experience in life? How do they behave in a domesticated environment? How do they perform in a training environment?


Webinar 3 | 14:00 - 15:30 CEST

What can we learn from zebra’s and primitive horses to enhance modern (sport) horse breeding, welfare, and health?

This presentation deals with practical lessons to be learned from comparative research to enhance modern (horse) breeding, welfare, and health.


Webinar 4 | 15:45 - 17:15 CEST

What is functional movement for the modern (sport horse)?

Given the intricacies and variations of biomechanics between individual horses, a challenging task of shaping what constitutes normal movement arises. In modern day, this task is becoming more difficult to overcome given the level of cross- and inbreeding which is compounded with increasing research, training methods and theories as to what constitutes correct movement.  

When selecting and breeding horses for fashion instead of function, the abnormal might become normal simply due to its prevalence. In other words, we might see so much abnormal movement that it biases our brain into believing that it is normal. Normalizing the abnormal is dangerous as it results in a loss of functional biomechanics at the disadvantage of the horse.

This presentation will provide insight as to what constitutes basic functional movement and posture based upon the latest research. Cases of normal versus abnormal movement will be shared to train your eye!


Dates & Details

Date: December 17th
Timeschedule: 9:00 – 17:15 CEST
Costs: Regular price € 99,95. Now with EARLY BIRD access until 1-12-23 for € 79,95. 
Replays: Available from December 17th until March 17th.
Language: English 

As soon as you’ve registered, you will receive a confirmation email with your ticket. 5 days before the summit start, you will receive an invitation to the live lectures. Directly after each live session has finished you will receive an email with the replay link.