EQ1300: Equine Neurology, Muscle Physiology & Pathologies with Dr. Kellon


Dr. Kellon is a serious researcher who dedicates herself to the ongoing exploration of equine health care. While hands-on courses dealing with the application and supervision of onsite instructors are not candidates for online courses, we feel that certain subject matters are and Dr. Kellon’s courses do extremely well in the online or distance study format. This will enable the student to afford the luxury of study at home in a well-organized design. Although there is a time limit in which to complete this course, students are not required to sit in front of a computer at a designated time.

If you are registering for Equinology Credit you must also pay the Equinology Externship Fee of $125. When Dr. Kellon offers a 2 for 1 fee, only the second-course fee is free; you will need to pay the second Equinology externship fee. Once the student completes the course notify Dr. Kellon’s office and they will send you out the exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, you can begin the externship (case studies and extra learning activities).

This is an excellent course for anyone to take at any time whether they are a horse owner, trainer or student. Health begins with knowledge.

The material for each section of the course will be posted on the internet weekly as a pdf file. It will include the material Dr. Kellon wishes to cover, links for further reading, and a series of review questions that will emphasize the most important points. When students receive the next week’s material, the answers to the questions from the week before will be at the front.

This is a no pressure learning situation. There is no “mandatory attendance” at any time, no grades. The review questions are for the students’ use only. Dr. Kellon assumes that anyone taking the course is doing so because they want to learn more about their horses. Students have the luxury to read when it is convenient for them to do so.

Week One – Normal Function

  • Organization of the nervous system
  • The Neuron
  • Organization of skeletal muscles
  • The muscle cell

Week Two – Diagnostics

  • Physical examination
  • Gait examination
  • The neurological exam
  • Blood tests
  • Spinal tap
  • Biopsies
  • Genetic tests

Week Three – Acute Neurological Diseases

  • Viral encephalitis/myelitis
  • Botulism
  • Rabies
  • Tetanus

Week Four – EPM – Equine Protozoal [Encephalo] Myelitis

  • Organisms
  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Lyme myopathy

Week Five – Equine Motor Neuron Disease (EMND)

  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Causes
  • Treatment

Week Six – Tying-Up

  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Sporadic versus recurrent
  • Causes of sporadic TU
  • Causes of recurrent TU
  • Treatment and prevention

Week Seven – Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis and Hormonal Myopathies

  • HYPP
  • Cortisol related
  • Role of the thyroid

Week Eight – Dietary Factors in Neuromuscular Disease

  • Electrolytes and dehydration
  • Calcium and magnesium
  • B vitamins and other micronutrients
  • Energy supplies

Week Nine – Fasciculations and Gait Disorders

  • Review of disorders with fasciculations
  • Myotonia
  • Stringhalt
  • Shivers
  • Ossifying myopathy

Week Ten – Miscellaneous Conditions

  • Viral, bacterial and parasitic myopathies
  • Atypical myopathy
  • Glycogen branching enzyme disease
  • Toxic plants