Event information

Event venue: Online
Date: 28th April 2021 - 7PM
(Available on-demand if you cannot watch live)

Price: £45.00

Event description

Lameness due to disease in the suspensory ligaments is becoming more and more frequent, is this due to our increasing demands on the athleticism of our horses, a greater ability to diagnose or, genetic disposition. Or is it all three? How should we approach diagnosis and treatment to ensure long-term soundness and even better, prevention.

Attend this unique event to see and hear top level professionals discussing this modern-day problem affecting a large proportion of our horses.

We will cover

  • Early warning signs of suspensory desmitis – are there particular movements horses with PSD find challenging?
  • What changes in the body are we looking at in an affected horse?
  • How do the feet and shoes influence a horse with PSD?
  • The importance of early veterinary intervention
  • Secondary effects of PSD – often why body workers are initially consulted
  • Is SI dysfunction related to PSD?
  • How to approach rehab and treatment protocols
  • Appraisal post-surgery, how long until full work can be achieved


  • Judy Harvey FBHS, UKCC Level 3
  • Andrew Fiske-Jackson BVSc MVetMed FHEA Dipl.ECVS MRCVS Senior Lecturer, RCVS and EBVS® European Specialist in Equine Surgery, Deputy Head of RVC Equine
  • David Nicholls RSS AWCF RJF
  • Anna Johnson ACPAT Cat A Chartered Physio
  • Graham Hunter BVM&S GPCert(EqP) CertEP CertAVP(ESO) MRCVS

    Judy Harvey

    Judy is an international rider, trainer and List One Judge and is Director of International Teams for British Dressage. She is proud to have trained and mentored many students who have evolved into top riders. These include Charlotte Dujardin, Daniel Sherrif and Ruth Edge.

    Judy rode successfully at International grand prix level with Richard Heley's Fitzcerraldo. This combination also had several national tiles to their credit and were nominated for the London Olympics 2012. She has qualified horses for the BD National Championships every year from 1980 to 2020. Current top ride is SP Bento an eight year old National Champion about to step up to small tour level. She was part of the BBC TV commentary team for several years and received many plaudits for her London Olympics commentary.

    Judy's professional career began in Kenya re-training former racehorses to become show jumpers and eventers. This invaluable experience provided a balanced all round approach to training horses and riders. On returning to the UK she concentrated on her BHS Exams, eventing, show jumping and gradually moved towards dressage. She ran the Lee Valley Riding School in London for 10 years, appreciating the requirements and anxieties of novice riders, while still developing as a competition rider and trainer. She achieved her FBHS in 1987.

    Judy has a reputation for finding bargain horses for herself and her clients and bringing them up top class competition level. She prioritises soundness and temperament in her competition horses.

    Andrew Fiske-Jackson

    Andy graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2004 and worked for the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad for the following three months. He then worked in mixed practice in Somerset. In July 2006 he undertook an eighteen month internship at the Liphook Equine Hospital followed by a six month ambulatory position. He then completed a three year Senior Clinical Training Scholarship and Masters of Veterinary Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College. He took up the position of Staff Clinician in Equine Surgery in February 2012 becoming a lecturer in 2014 and a Senior lecturer in 2017. He is an RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Surgery with a particular interest in the use of the objective gait analysis system and its role in working up poor performance cases.

    David Nicholls

    After qualifying in the early 1970’s David worked as a contract farrier until starting his own forge in 1980. Dedicated to improving the soundness of horses David, alongside partners Mark Spriggs, Mike Williams and Mark Hobby started their farrier supply business, Total Foot Protection Ltd. in 1993.

    David’s in depth knowledge of foot and limb related problems see him heavily involved in the rehabilitation of horses’ damaged or diseased hooves. David runs a Veterinary Stream and farrier referral centre in Slinfold, West Sussex in the UK, where he plays an important part in supporting Veterinary Stream farriers, farriers and horse owners, in the treatment of lameness and foot related problems.

    David uses his knowledge to assist horse owners with their horses’ foot problems and recently, as more people have decided to remove their horses’ shoes, supporting and advising owners in working their animals barefoot.

    David has spoken and demonstrated his skills at many of the major farrier and veterinary conferences and symposiums around the world; he is busy giving clinics to farriers, veterinary streams and horse owners, to impart his knowledge to others.

    Anna Johnson

    Anna qualified from Birmingham University in 1993 and spent post graduate placements in the NHS as well as gaining valuable experience working as a second physio for rugby and cricket teams in Birmingham. She went on to train in animal physiotherapy as an apprentice to Amanda Sutton (MCSP SRP) and through ACPAT and gained her Cat A' status in 1996.

    In 1997 Anna set up her own practice in Buckinghamshire where she continues to head a team of 5 chartered physiotherapists, specialising in equine and rider problems. She is a clinical educator for both Hartpury and Liverpool University Veterinary Physiotherapy Msc courses.

    Anna works with all horses and riders from grass roots to elite. From 1998 -2006 she was the official physiotherapist to the British Equestrian Team, attending all major championships during this period. She continues to attend major three-day events in the UK with competing clients.

    Anna co-ordinated and headed a team of fourteen ACPAT A Physiotherapists as part of the host nation's veterinary services for the London 20212 Olympics and Paralympics.

    Graham Hunter

    After graduating from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary School, Graham joined Ardene House Veterinary Practice, Aberdeen in 1990. His focus quickly became equine work and, he was instrumental in building the first equine hospital facility in the north of Scotland at Kingswells in 1997.

    Keen on personal development Graham has undertaken extra equine qualifications, most recently attaining a certificate in equine surgery and orthopaedics. In 2009 Graham was appointed as an RCVS examiner for the Certificate in Equine Practice and continued in this position for 5 years. Although interested in all aspects of equine medicine and surgery, his focus and passion over recent years has very much been on lameness, gait analysis and surgery cases.

    Graham has held many roles including, VetTrust Director, extensive World Horse Welfare charity work, a Joint Measurement Board Official Measurer, a judge for British Breeding Futurity gradings. He also works for the NHS, in a role representing the equine industry in antibiotic prescribing stewardship and, has lectured extensively to horse clients and vets at Congress and professional development meetings. Currently he is the equine General Veterinary Advisor for IVC.