Podcast Episode 91 Dr Sue Dyson The Ridden Horse Ethogram

In this episode I speak with Dr Sue Dyson. When I interviewed Dr Ann Bondi from The Saddle Research Trust she suggested I speak with Sue and I’m so glad that we found the time to speak with her because oh my she is out to change the horse world in a wonderful way. She has developed a tool on how to recognise the 24 behaviours indicating pain in the ridden horse.

And she is backed by all the science you could possibly ever need.

I could read out all Dr Sue Dyson has achieved in her lifetime thus far but it would probably take me 20 minutes to get through it all, and I’m not exaggerating! I’ll shorten it somewhat to give you an idea.

Sue is a qualified vet who went on to specialise in clinical orthopaedics and lameness and poor performance in horses. Sue has been awarded fellowships  PhD’s and is a Founding Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Sue has lectured internationally and published widely on equine orthopaedics and diagnostic imaging. She has published more than 310 refereed papers in scientific journals, relating to lameness and diagnostic imaging in the horse.

Sue is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Equine Veterinary Journal, Equine Veterinary Education and acts as a regular peer reviewer for a large number of journals.

Sue was been a long-standing member of Council of the British Equine Veterinary Association and is a past President. She has also been a long-standing member of the Board of the World Equine Veterinary Association and Vice-President.

Sue has been awarded far too many prizes to list and has been made an honorary member of Societa Italiana Veterinari Per Equini (SIVE), Italy. Sue was inducted into the University of Kentucky Equine Research Hall of Fame.

Sue also holds the Instructors and Stable Managers Certificates of the British Horse Society (BHSI) and has competed at advanced level in both horse trials and show jumping, producing horses that have subsequently competed successfully at the Olympic Games and World Equestrian Games. She is a former veterinary advisor to British Eventing. Sue is veterinary advisor to the Saddle Research Trust and to Moorcroft Equine Rehabilitation Centre.

And that folks, is her CV cut down to about 5%.

Sue as you can see is not only a vet but she is an accomplished horsewoman who knows that to find the real issue with a horse you must do the basic check that most vets do then you have to see the horse ridden to see if the rider has any biomechanical issues that are effecting the horse, then she may even ride the horse herself to see if those issues are still present with a balanced rider like herself.

Sue’s tool that she has created will save you money on vet visits, it will give you an educated opinion for your vet to consider, and it may even help to educate your vet on how to deal with pain in horses.

Sue has created a tool that we as horse owners need as we know there is an issue with our horse but no vet can find it. Well this tool can.

I hope you enjoy this talk and I really hope you can spread the word about Sue’s creation as horses all over the world will benefit if you do.

To connect with Sue herself you can email her sue.dyson@aol.com

To see the Ridden Pain Ethogram course click here

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