Centaur Biomechanics Webinars


Motor Control, and What Part Does It Play in Equine Rehabilitation? With Dr Nicole Rombach

Saturday 9th March 2024 @ 10:00 HRS GMT

What is motor control, and what part does motor control play in equine rehabilitation? with Dr Nicole Rombach

Rehabilitation of equine injury and movement dysfunction includes the science of motor control. The focus of neuromotor retraining is to restore optimal locomotion, using the brain’s ability to organise movement. Join us for a 2-hour webinar to learn about key concepts of movement retraining, addressing the brain-body connection! For all attendees, CPD certificates available as well as a “view only” recording of the session with a 30-day access pass. There will also be a Q and A session with ample opportunity to post questions via our interactive Q&A panel.


Dr. Nicole Rombach:

Nicole holds the Equinology Master Equine Body Worker® certification (USA) and has also completed the post-graduate and MSc programmes in Animal Manipulation (small and large animals) with the McTimoney College of Chiropractic and University of Wales (UK). From 2003 to 2009 she was based in São Paulo, Brazil, where she worked in direct liaison with various veterinary clinics, focusing on complementary therapies for sports performance horses to Olympic level. In 2013, Nicole earned her PhD from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University (USA). 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 behaviour associated with spinal dysfunction.


Nicole regularly lectures at various universities and for professional associations, presenting evidence-based courses on equine spinal dysfunction, with an emphasis on neuromuscular rehabilitation techniques. All courses include theoretical and practical modules, and Nicole also leads whole-horse dissection workshops. Nicole is the chief instructor and examiner for Neurokinetic Therapy Equine (NKT) courses worldwide.


In her equine sport therapy practice she works in direct veterinary liaison to design individualized therapeutic programmes for sport horses in various disciplines, with a particular focus on neuromuscular conditioning and movement retraining for spinal dysfunction. In her human kinesiology practice, she likes to combine assessment of horse and rider combinations. Her main focus is on neuromuscular facilitation and movement retraining, with an emphasis on motor control dysfunction. Nicole is the co-founder of the International Equine Body Worker Association (est. 2003), the worldwide regulatory body for student and graduate equine and canine bodyworkers. In her spare time she produces her own horses for dressage and showjumping competition, and she holds Brazilian state and national amateur titles.