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4 Day lecture and practical workshop
September 11 to 14, 2014
Black Forest Equestrain Center, Aiken SC


This 4 day workshop will explore Dr Ridgway's unique approach to Integrative Medicine. In his analysis, he looks for gait aberrations or dysfunctions, as related to the laterality in horses, as well as disruptions in the fascial system. In his treatment, he addresses the musculoskeletal challenges through specific acupuncture points, that he has developed over the the years and that affect the fascial chains. This system gives an immediate feedback as to the validity of the treatment.

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Charles de Kunffy & Dr Kerry Ridgway Symposium


In the FIRST symposium of its kind, Mr. de Kunffy and Dr. Ridgway will evaluate and work on issues between horse and rider, in the saddle and on the ground, and explain how the principles and methods of classical training create biomechanically correct movement, which result in a healthy, balanced horse who, along with his rider, become
Living Art In Motion

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We are sorry to announce that the "Charles de Kunffy & Dr Kerry Ridgway Symposium" has been postponed to 2015 . Check this website for the 2015 dates.


Announcing Pete Ramey's new book "Care and Rehabilitation of the Equine Foot". It is probably the most comprehensivePete Ramey's Book
work ever written on the horse's hoof. With the help of major contributing authors and researchers, it takes a new look at growing or rehabilitating a horse's hoof from within, combining all the various aspects of hoof care, nutrition and lifestyle.
With 440 pages and over 600 photographs and illustrations, Pete Ramey, surrounded by collaborative experts in their fields, has created the ultimate reference book on equine foot health. It is deep, detailed and scientific and might well become the new way to think about care for the foot, whether shod or barefoot.

The Wild Horse Research video is now available!

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The Brumby Research Unit who produced this DVD is a group of Australian scientists with the sole purpose of improving the well being of the horse. Heading this research, are Chris Pollitt, BVsc, PhD and Brian Hampson, PhD  who have been studying the desert brumbies, the feral horses that have survived in the dry heart of Australia since the 1870s.  In this DVD they investigate their habits, through the use of GPSs and determine the effects of a free roaming lifestyle and lack of human intervention on foot morphology and health. It shows exquisitely the adaptation of the foot to different environments.
Narrated poetically by Dr Chris Pollitt, and accompanied by breathtaking photography, this DVD describes objectively what they observed. You will be amazed!
Check it out and support their ongoing research!


Dr Ridgway

Institute for Equine Therapeutic Options

Kerry Ridgway, DVM

It is Dr. Ridgway's mission at the Institute for Equine Therapeutic Options to enhance and maximize overall equine health and performance through Integrative Medicine. Our goal is to provide ongoing education for equine health care professionals as well as riders, trainers and all other people involved or interested in equine health related fields.

Our current emphasis is conventional medicine and whole horse health through the integration of:

  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic
  • Hoofcare
  • Kinesiology
  • Neuromuscular & Myofascial Therapies
  • Saddle Fitting
  • Dental Health
  • Nutrition

We are aiming to provide awareness and education to all, by means of webinars, clinics, seminars, video clips and DVDs, educational articles, virtual online courses and a blog.

Kerry Institute Blog

  • Fascia is a sensory organ

    A very good article on Fascia written by Dr Hammer. This article was published in April 2014, in the newsletter American Chiropractic Association.

    The Fascial System Is a Sensory Organ By Warren I. Hammer, DC

    The knowledge that normal muscle function depends on the fascial system and between 30 and 40 percent of the force generated by muscle is due to its surrounding fascia can be compared in science to adding a new element to the periodic table of elements.

    Science has dismissed the value of a connective tissue structure that encompasses our whole body both internally and externally. Carla Stecco, MD, elaborated this dismissal in her upcoming text entitled, Functional Atlas of the Human Fascial System (Elsevier 2015): “In anatomy text books, only ...

  • Fascia, fascia, fascia

    As we read more research articles and bury our heads in fascia specific books, our fascination for all of its implications for whole body health just keeps expanding. You have to understand that all of this information is adapted from human medicine at this point. There are however some amazing equine anatomists whether in Australia or Europe doing equine fascia dissection and we are anxiously waiting for the published studies.

    Traditionally, fascia has, for centuries, been essentially relegated to be just the “white packing stuff” around the muscles. However, over the past few years, the huge paradigm shift in how we look at fascia and what it means for movement and health, helps us better understand how dysfunction takes place. Currently, ...

  • Fascia: The Spider Web of Life

    Can you see the relation between fascia and a spider web? Think about it. If you touch one part of the web, the whole fabricated net moves (just like a tensegrity model), providing instantaneous information for the spider to act or react. Fascia acts in the same manner. It is a whole body communication system where, if stimulated, transmits a signal to every  part of the body.

    Beyond Muscles and Bone!

    With our most basic knowledge of biology, we learned the term “connective tissue” as a way to describe certain cell types. However, when applied to fascia, the term “connective” takes on a whole new meaning. Fascia is the connective tissue that links every tissue in the body. For example, it connects ...

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