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OAES: Core Strengthening for Optimal Performance

Date: Ongoing (Distance Learning)
Cost: $150


๐—ช๐—ต๐˜† ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ’๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ?
Optimal core strength is reflected in stability in movement, or dynamic stability. Optimal dynamic stability reduces risk of injury and enhances your horseโ€™s performance. Core strength is trained through connecting the brain with the body, through specific multi-group muscle activation exercises.
This evidence-based course takes you through detailed aspects and concepts related to core conditioning in the horse. You will learn about functional anatomy, biomechanics, the connection between the brain and the body (motor control), how and when to safely carry out combinations of different core activation and strengthening exercises (from the ground and dynamically), and other available therapies that can support the conditioning of your horseโ€™s core.
๐—–๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ:
โœ… Young horses in early stages of training
โœ… Geriatric horses, to maintain posture and balance
โœ… Horses in different stages of rehabilitation, including stable rest
โœ… The healthy horse, as a complement to training and competition at all levels of performance in all disciplines


Part 1: Functional anatomy of the equine core โ€“ what lies under the skin?

Part 2: Biomechanics and kinematics โ€“ how does the equine spine move?

Part 3: Motor control in core conditioning – the brain-body connection!

Part 4: The nitty-gritty: the how and when of different core activation and strengthening exercises

Part 5: Different therapies and techniques to support horse core conditioning

Part 6: Suggested combinations for static and dynamic core conditioning: what else can I do for my horse?


Open to all owners, riders, trainers and equine healthcare professionals

Required Materials



Dr. Nicole Rombach, APM (ITEC),

Dr. Rombach attained the ITEC human massage qualification in 1997, the Equinology Equine Body Worker ยฎ certification in 1998 and the Equinology Master Equine Body Worker ยฎ certification in 1999. She also completed the post-graduate and Master of Science degree programs in Animal Manipulation from the McTimoney College of Chiropractic and University of Wales in the United Kingdom. She earned her PhD in 2013 from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. Her main interest lies in the effect of complementary therapies on equine performance, and the subject for her doctoral research was investigation into equine neck pain from the perspectives of pathology, neuromotor control and equine behavior associated with spinal dysfunction.

Dr. Rombach is the founder and President of Equinenergyยฎ Ltd. and Caninenergy Ltd, United Kingdom-based educational institutions that offer a variety of recognized certification courses in equine and canine complementary healthcare science. From 2003 to 2009 she was based in Sรฃo Paulo, Brazil where she worked in direct liaison with various veterinary clinics, focusing on sports therapy for performance horses from novice to Olympic level. She traveled to national competition centers and private clients throughout Brazil and in other South American countries. In addition, she carried out infrared thermographic imaging (thermography) in conjunction with equine veterinarians to aid their diagnostic procedures. She also uses thermography to assess hoof balance, saddle fit and changes in thermal patterns following sports therapy sessions.

Dr. Rombach regularly lectures at various universities and for professional associations. She travels within the USA and to Europe and Brazil on a regular basis to teach several of the Equinology courses and to work on her established clientele of horses and dogs. She is the chief instructor and examiner forย  Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT) Equine and Canine worldwide. In addition to clinical consultations, Dr. Rombach is the Course Development Liaison Manager for Equinology, Inc., in charge of national and international expansion of the Equinology course curriculum.


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