Applied Chiropractic meets Functional Anatomy – Focus: The thoraco-lumbar area: The Influence of Rider and Saddle on the Biomechanics of the Horse

Friday 12th - Saturday 13th of May 2017, Frankfurt am Main

The junction between the thoracic and the lumbar spine is a very important area in the horses’ spine. Biomechanical disorders in this region cause many problems especially in collection and engagement.

The spine’s mobility is affected if not restricted by the rider and the saddle.

This seminar explains biomechanics in the horses’ spine during locomotion and the influences it is exposed to by rider and tack.

It will be demonstrated how you can evaluate the fitting of a saddle by following few, but very important rules.

We have invited two outstanding experts in biomechanics and saddle fitting to share their wisdom.


Univ. Professor, Dipl. Ing., Dr. Christian Peham

Movement Science Group, Professor of Biomechanics, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna

Christian Peham graduated from the University of Technology of Vienna in 1991 on the faculty of Electrical Engineering and got the degree “Diplomingenieur” (Master) in Communication Engineering. In the same year he started his career as a scientific assistant at the Clinic for Orthopaedics in Ungulates at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna.

In the following years he focused on the biomechanics of quadrupeds in his academic work “Evaluation of the motion symmetry of horse in trot by means of spectral analysis” ("Bewertung der Bewegungssymmetrie von Pferden im Trab mit Hilfe der Spektralanalyse“).

In 1994 he received his doctor degree at the faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Technology Vienna (Doctor of Engineering Sciences).

In 2001 he received the “venia legendi” in Biomechanics on the University of Veterinary Medicine of Vienna. The topic of his habilitation work was “Methods and clinical use of motion analysis in horses in special consideration of lameness” („Methoden und klinische Anwendungen der Bewegungsanalyse des Pferdes unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Lahmheit”).

In the same year he was announced an associate professor by the Ministry of Science (Austria) and became head of the Movement Science Group on the University of Veterinary Medicine of Vienna.

Professor Peham is author and co-author of multiple papers related to locomotion and biomechanics in horses and editor for scientific journals

Jochen Schleese

Certified Master Saddler, Saddle Fit Technician and Equine Ergonomist

Jochen Schleese received his initial training in saddle making from Passier & Sohn in Germany. In 1984 he was certified as the youngest master saddler ever in Europe.

In 1986 he was asked to be the Official Saddler for the World Dressage Championships held in Toronto.

In 1990 Jochen Schleese developed the first ever authorized by Canadian government school for saddle makers and saddle fitters.

In1996 he received an international patent for his innovative AdapTree® saddle tree.

Jochen confers regularly with industry professionals and is a guest speaker at veterinary associations, equine veterinary schools, riding instructor conferences, and teaches equine ergonomics on five continents through Saddlefit 4 Life, founded by him in 2006 as a global network of equine professionals dedicated to the comfort and protection of the horse.

Jochen has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal and the Discovery Channel, and is the recipient of many industry and business awards.

Schleese was the Official Saddler for the World Cup Final 2005, 2007 and 2009 in Las Vegas.

In 2008 the company won “Best of the Best” English Manufacturer of the Year from Tack’n’Togs magazine and has been featured as a cover story on California Riding Magazine, as well as in articles in the German magazines St. Georg, Cavallo, Die Reiterin, Mein Pferd and Piaffe.

Jochen’s first book “The Silent Killer” was launched at Equitana 2013, published by WuWei Verlag, along with his first commercial DVD “Beyond the 9 Points of Saddle Fitting”.

The book is available on amazon.com in English as “Suffering in Silence: The Saddle Fit Link to physical and psychological trauma in horses” and is going into its third printing in 2017.

Jochen regularly writes articles for over 20 North American equine publications. He will be teaching his curriculum as part of the Equine Sciences degree program at the University of Guelph beginning in 2018.

Seminar Information:

The Seminar is open to Veterinarians (DVM) and Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) only; the number of participants is limited to 35 persons.

Seminar language: English

CPD-hours: 15 ATF

Location: Tierärztliches Orthopädie Team Frankfurt
Golfstraße 25, 60528 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Participation Fee: 620€ / 570€ until March 12th (“early bird” registration)
(Includes all lunch and coffee breaks)

Time table

Friday May 12th

08.30-09.00 Registration
09.00-09.15 Greeting
09.15-10.50 Motion of the horses back
Prof. Christian Peham
10.50-11.10 Coffee Break
11.10-12.45 Discussion of the nine points of saddle fit to the horse
Jochen Schleese
12.45-13.45 Lunch
13.45-15.20 Horse rider interaction
Prof. Christian Peham
15.20-15.40 Coffee Break
15.40-17.40 Demonstration of proper saddle fit using the nine points on the horse
Jochen Schleese
17.40-18.30 Discussion

Saturday May 13th

09.00-10.35 Biomechanics of the horses back
Prof. Christian Peham
10.35-10.55 Break
10.55-12.30 If the saddle doesn’t fit the rider --> implications for the horse!
Jochen Schleese
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.05 Biomechanical models of the horses back
Prof. Christian Peham
15.05-15.25 Coffee Break
15.25-17.25 Demonstration: Determination of the pressure points and saddle support area of the horse and how these relate to saddle fit --> implications for equine behavioural issues.
Jochen Schleese
17.25-18.00 Discussion
  End of seminar


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Information and Registration:

Dr. Wolfgang Mayrhofer, Tierärztliches Orthopädie Team Frankfurt

Please make bank transfer to:
Dr. Wolfgang Mayrhofer „ Biomechanics of the Horse 2017“
Frankfurter Volksbank, Branch (BLZ) 50190000
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Registration in order of incoming payment

Right of cancellation for participants:
4 weeks up to 2 weeks prior to the event 50% of fee refund,
Later than 2 weeks prior to the event refund of seminar fees cannot be warranted.

The seminar requires a quorum of 20 participants. The organizer reserves his right to cancel the seminar at any time if this number is not accomplished.