BSET Academy Curriculum

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The BSET Academy offers an intensive twelve-month equine therapy course that will enable students to effectively diagnose and treat equine muscular / skeletal injuries.

Students will receive extensive hands-on tuition and they will experience many hours of remedial riding work on horses from a variety of disciplines. They will be instructed in all aspects of Faradic Equine Therapy and trained in the use of the "Winks Greene Transeva", an advanced Faradic machine. This course will give students the confidence and skills required to start their own equine therapy careers.

The course consists of three semesters of three months each. Students take a two-week vacation between semesters. Our students receive concentrated, detailed and comprehensive equine therapy training and tuition aimed at giving them the tools to start their own therapy career in horses.

Throughout the 3 semesters students will cover theory subjects such as: anatomy, physiology, nutrition, yard management, bio-mechanics, veterinary, tack, shoeing, etc. As well as practical subjects such as lungeing, riding, stretching, massage and most important, ETT (Equine Transeva Technique).

Specialised subjects are enhanced by lectures given by Vets and Nutritionists and accomplished horse trainers.

BSET Students will also take part in 2 dissections of the horse throughout the year – each dissection aims at exposing the students to different sections of the horses’ anatomy.

Students will also be required to do research projects, orals and compile case studies throughout all three semesters.

BSET Academy is very aware that the skills training offered to our equine therapy students has to be maximized and focused and therefore students are exempt from the chores associated with stable management. The academy has its own in house staff to perform these tasks.

Outings to dressage/eventing and showjumping shows, race yards and tracks, studs, feed companies etc are an important part of the students learning experience and designed to give the students a better understanding of the horse world/equine industry.

Students work on a daily basis throughout the year-long course with the Transeva, laser, stretching and daily rehabilitation/conditioning riding and instruction.

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Course Outline

BSET Semester 1

1)    Transeva and Winks
2)    Anatomical  and Movement Terms
3)    The Skeleton

  • 205 bones divided into two parts
  • Bones defined
  • the Axial Skelton
  • the Appendicular Skeleton
  • Skeleton System Disorders

4) Structure of Bone

  • Calcium Regulation
  • Other minerals involved in bone formation
  • Nutrition and training for optimum bone strength

5) Growth Plates
6) Investigating Lameness

  • What is lameness, The most common causes of lameness, Most causes of lameness fall into the following categories, observation is the key to identifying  which is the lame leg, evaluate the horse’s gait, Investigating the cause- basic skills, Identify the five basic signs of inflammation, The foot – the most common site of lameness…joints, bones, tendons and ligaments, muscles, neck and back…also consider these other possible sources of lameness, interpreting your findings.
  • Veterinary examination
  • Signs of equine Lameness
  • Laminitis
  • Hoof Abcess
  • The lameness scale

7) Practical – Assessment of the Equine Patient
8) Bemer Explained
9) Photizo Explained
10) Rehab Riding (improving)

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BSET Semester 2

1)    Systems of the Horse

  • Circulatory System
  • The structure of the heart, blood circulation, Veins and Arteries,  The Heart’s adaptation to exercise
  • Digestive System
  • The Equine Digestive process, what feeds are broken down into, the digestive tract of the horse, Digestive Disorders, the Liver
  • Respiratory System
  • Anatomy, Dust and Irritants, Respiration, Smell, Disorders of Respiratory system
  • Lymphatic System
  • Nervous System
  • How the nervous system functions, The structure of the Nervous System,
  • Endocrine System
  • Immune System
  • The Senses
  • Sight- how the eyes work
  • Hearing and Balance-  how the ears work
  • Smell- how the sense of smell works
  • Taste- how taste works
  • Skin and touch
  • Learning and Memory

2) Muscles – General  Information

  • Muscle fibre types and distribution, Muscle Fibre Recruitment, Distribution of Muscle fibre types
  • Muscles of the forelimb – Origin, Insertion,Function
  • Muscles of the Neck
  • Muscles of the thoracic sling
  • Muscles of the foreleg
  • Muscles of the Carpus and Digits
  • Muscles of the Back
  • Muscles of Respiration
  • Muscles of the Psoas Group
  • Muscles of the Hind Quarter, the Hamstrings, the Inner Thigh

3) Tendons and Ligaments

  • Definitions of Tendons and Ligaments
  • Injuries to Tendons and Ligaments

4) Movement

  • Muscle Fibre Arrangement,  Muscle Pairs, Types of Muscle contraction, Chain Reaction, Dorsal Chain, Ventral Chain
  • Movement of the forelimb
  • Movement of the hindlimb
  • The Reciprocal System
  • Movement of the Back
  • How Muscles work to create movement, the Sliding Filament Theory, Calcium and the regulatory proteins

5) Biomechanics

  • Science of movement
  • Introduction to Biomechanics
  • Kinematics
  • Spinal and Back Biomechanics

6) Gaits

  • Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop
  • The Jump

7) More on Investigating Lameness

  • Clinical Aids to Diagnosis
  • Medical Treatments Available: IRAP, PRP, ACell Therapy, Legend

8) Equine Pain

  • Inflammation, Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

9) Problems with the Hips and Pelvis

  • Top Four Common Pelvic Injuries: Pelvic Fracture, Pelvic Dislocation, Sacroiliac Ligament Strain, Sacroiliac Osteoarthritis
  • What to look for – Signs of Pelvic Trouble

10) Wobbler Syndrome
11) Kissing Spine
12) Subluxation of the Sacroiliac Joint
13) Headshaking

  • sneezing

14) Temporomandibular Junction and Disorders

  • Anatomy of the TMJ
  • Problems with the TMJ = TMD
  • Treatment of the TMJ


Joint & Muscle Supplements - The Pelvis - TMJ - Fedding & Nutrition (Presentation)

BSET Semester 3

1)    Alternative Therapies

  • Acupuncture: What conditions can acupuncture be used for?
  • Dry needling

2)    Homeopathy - History, First Aid Homeopathic Medicines
3)    Cryotherapy
4)    ThermScan Diagnostics
5)    ETT - The definition of ETT, history, association
6)    Massage
7)    Equine Chiropractic 
8)    Equine Stretching
9)    Shoeing

  • basic  balanced shoeing
  • corrective shoeing
  • the IMPORTANCE of a balanced foot

9) Saddle fitting

  • the basics
  • the demands of different sports, racing, endurance, polo, dressage, jumping, polo x

10) Use of Traumeel, Dr Niven Lame, Dr Niven products, B12 with Sterile water. Cortisone – what is avalible to inject into muscle.
11) More on Lameness

  • -Stringhalt
  • Azatoria
  • Sweeney and Radial Nerve Injury, or other Major nerve injuries to fore quarter and neck
  • Haematomas - Symptoms of A Haematoma, Causes, Treatment, and ETT approach to an active Haematoma.
  • Locking Stifle, “Upward Patella Fixaation” - Symptoms, Cause, Diagnosis, Treatment Options
  • ETT Theories

12) Conditioning Sport Horses

  • 10 Principles of Exercise Physiology


Shoeing - Vit E, Selenium & Amino Acids - Masterson Method - Conditioning the Sport Horse (Presentation)

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