Insights from Dr. Kraig Kulikowski on Equine Sports Medicine

There were many speakers at the 2016 USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program that offered invaluable advice. 

Dr. Kraig Kulikowski was one of the speakers at the 2016 USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program whose presentation left a big impression on me.  An established Equine Veterinarian, dressage rider and competitor through FEI Prix St. Georges, Dr. Kulikowski's speech gave participants of the program specific insight into the topic of Equine Sports Medicine. 

Dr. Kulikowski introduced areas of Equine Sports Medicine that need to be managed. These areas include:

1) Feet
2) Spine
3) Dental
4) Any specific issue known

Dr. Kulikowski stated that Equine Sports Medicine is designed to help:

1) Choose appropriate equine athletes
2) Maintain each athlete at their highest level of performance
3) Rehab equine athletes after injury
4) Extend the useful career of equine athletes; provide them an opportunity to do something else comfortably; retire

I really appreciated Dr. Kulikowski's presentation, which gave me a step-by-step guide of identifying a horse for top sport from a veterinarian's point of view, including how to conduct a pre-purchase exam for a dressage sport horse. Dr. Kulikowski made practical points throughout his talk, was happy to arnswer questions and gave many real-world examples to help partipants understand the importance of Equine Sports Medicine in all stages of a horse's life. 

To learn more about Dr. Kraig Kulikowski and his practice click HERE