Focus on the Equine Spine: Program 2019 - 2021

The FES course will be re-started in 2019, with a Base Course scheduled in September / October, followed by an Advanced Course starting in September / October 2020.
Based on the experiences of graduates, students, lecturers/ instructors and collaegues working in the field, the general outline of the current program will be maintained; the available information on the most recent FES programs will therefor provide suitable insights in our future programs.


A new website is currently being developed and will be online in July 2018.


Until that time information on the outline of the FES program 2019-2021 can be obtained by e-mail:

The information package includes:

  • A course information letter on:
    • more general contents ( theory and practice ) , structure and goals of respectively the Base and Advanced Course
    • educational requirements to enroll
    • exams
    • national and international acknowledgement / Continuing Education Credits
    • Base and Advanced Course fees
    • registration procedure and registration form
  • The FES agendas 2014 - 2017 to provide insight in yearly schedules of the most recent programs
  • The most recent Base and Advanced Course programs to provide more detailed information on theoretical subjects and practically trained skills, plus their coherence throughout the different modules
  • The practical exam guidelines to provide insight in the trained and required clinical examination and practical skills at the end of respectively the Base and Advanced Course.

For further information please call:
Solange Schrijer: + 31 ( 0 ) 6 53 76 59 34

FES Annual Meeting 2018 – Saturday September 29th 2018

We hereby like to invite you to join us at the FES annual meeting 2018! The focus of this year’s meeting will be on the integrity of the cervicothoracic junction in functioning and dysfunctioning (sport) horses.
National and international speakers in both the veterinary and human field, will review possible interrelated biomechanical and neurologic consequences of pathology or dysfunction in structures within this complex, as well as their clinical signs unridden and under tack.
Following “FES principles”, the afternoon program covers the implementation of this area’s (dys)functioning in full-body spinal-pelvic kinematics.
Published and yet unpublished material will be shared; current diagnostic and treatment possibilities plus developing protocols will be discussed.
Objectives : recognition and early detection of the mutual influence of dysfunction in the cervicothoracic area respectively in the remaining equine musculoskeleton, resulting in decreased well-being of the horse and in loss of performance in the equine athlete, followed by discussion on prevention and management of this condition, with a focus on the cervicothoracic area.
The Annual Meeting will be open to previous FES Base and Advanced Course graduates, current candidates, veterinarians and certified animal/equine physiotherapists with special interest in the equine axial skeleton.
The application for the assignment of continuing education credits is submitted; the results will be published on the website.

Skillslab for FES Base and Advanced Course graduates – Friday afternoon September 28th

In addition to the theoretical part of the annual meeting, scheduled on Saturday 29th of September, we have been inventorising if / how many of the graduated participants would like to have their practical skills followed up in a practical training ‘skillslab’. After all, once graduated, many of us seldom have the opportunity to reflect on their techniques, developments and insights with colleagues!
Based on the expressed interest we can hereby announce that the skillslab will be arranged on Friday afternoon, September 28th.

Timeschedule :
11.40 – 12.00 : Informal welcome
12.00 – 17.00 : Training
Location : PTC Barneveld, Valkseweg 128, 3771SH Barneveld, The Netherlands
Fees : € 165,00
Please inform us if you are interested in enrolling in a practical training session when you are registering for the Annual Meeting.
We will then contact you in the following weeks to make an inventory of desired subjects to focus on during the training to provide maximum individual efficiency!


Date : Saturday, 29th of September
Location : Hotel de Bilt, Utrecht / De Holle Bilt 1, 3732 HM De Bilt, Netherlands.
Fees : € 265,00 for Base Course and Advanced Course graduates, Early bird fee when registered before August 16th : € 220,00
€ 295,00 for all other participants,
Early bird fee when registered before August 16th : € 250,00
Free of charge for FES (previous) presenters and practical trainers ;
study material, lunch, bites and drinks included.

Registration : per e-mail to
With the following data (or use the registration form ) :
  • Initials and surname
  • If applicable : COMPANY name
  • INVOICE address, zipcode, city, country
  • Education : veterinarian / animal physiotherapist ( / - student )/ different : ...
  • FES candidate / Base Course graduate / Advanced Course graduate / different : ...
08.30 – 08.55 : Informal welcome & registration
09.00 – 09.20 : Welcome, FES updates and program introduction (S.M. Schrijer)
09.20 – 10.30 : Anatomy and pathology of the cervicothoracic junction in “trained and untrained horses” – sharing unpublished data on spinal-pelvic related studies on Dutch Konik horses – Drs.T.J.P. Spoormakers, DVM, diplomate ECVS, certified ISELP
10.30 – 10.50 : Break
10.50 – 12.00 : Cervicothoracic pathology and diagnostic imaging CTJ : CT : diagnostics beyond X-ray and US – Dr.M. Zimmerman, DVM, specialized and authority in the field of diagnostic imaging techniques and orthopedics
12.00 – 12.40 : The influence of head-and-neck positioning on the development of caudal cervical lesions – Drs. M. van Manen, DVM, GGP certified PPE veterinarian, NVVGP certified equine dentist
12.45 – 13.40 : Lunch
BIOMECHANICS AND KINEMATICS – approaches in therapy and management
13.45 – 14.45 : The human cervicothoracic junction – a functional anatomical analysis of this area’s functioning and dysfunctioning in the integrity of the full spine and pelvis ; therapeutic and management-related insights – Dr.J.P.van Wingerden – Spine & Joint Center Rotterdam
14.45 – 15.30 : The mutual kinematic influences of the cervicothoracic junction and the equine axial and peripheral skeleton in function and dysfunction – S.M. Schrijer, Equine Physiotherapist and Chiropractor (FES-certified), FES Europe director
15.30 – 15.50 : Break
15.50 – 16.40 : veterinary therapeutic approaches of cervicothoracic dysfunction / pathology plus ( multidisciplinary ) case presentation – B.Hoogelander, DVM, GGP certified PPE veterinarian, FEI treating vet, team veterinarian paradressage, certified ISELP, Chiropractor ( FES-certified ) , NVVGP certified equine dentist ;
16.40 – 17.20 : manual therapeutic techniques & management, unridden and ridden, plus case presentation – practical trainer team
17.20 – 17.40 : Research updates : caudal cervical – craniothoracic area and sternum-related material – Drs. Eveline Menke, Msc.PSY, Equine Physiotherapist and Chiropractor ( FES-certified )
17.40 – 18.00 : Discussion
18.00 – 19.00 : Bites & drinks