EQ100: Equinology® Equine Body Worker Certification Course


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Join us for our signature certification course which offers a unique blend of equine sports massage, soft tissue release, stretching, and point work. The class is presented with loads of hands-on, specimens, illustrations, horses and of course our "painted horse."


The Equinology Equine Body Worker ( EEBW) Certification Course comes in several formats. All formats present the same material and information and you only need to attend one of these onsite workshops to work towards your certificate of achievement as an EEBW. The formats with more days than the EQ100 means that the daily duration of hours attended are less. The EQ100 dates and locations are listed at the bottom of this page. Onsite participation runs over a 9 day period with 4 days in the classroom, one day off for independent study and then 4 more days on site.


The EQ101 EEBW course runs 5 days onsite, the weekend off for independent study and then 5 more days onsite. The locations and dates for the EQ101 can be found by clicking here.


The EQ102 EEBW course is the longest version running over a three week period and is offered once a year around October on the California North Coast. The location and dates for the EQ102 can be found by clicking here.


The course emphasizes proper and safe techniques; all anatomically referenced. It covers assessment of the entire horse including conformation and gait and introduces saddle fit and dentistry. The program stresses ethics and underlines marketing as well as documentation to accentuate working within the professional equine care industry.


This course has evolved as the profession has expanded over the past years. We don’t know of a better course currently offered and we are proud to continue to present it, and the 250 graduates we produce annually. There is more to sessions with horses than just a recipe "routine". You need to look at the whole animal, understand what you are seeing and utilize the skills you've been taught. Equinology INC ® is not for everyone. Equinology INC ® is for the serious students, those who strive to be leaders in their profession.


This 9-day, 105+hour (actual course contact hours and independent evening and off day assigned study) course (a total of 300+hours with the required post course field work and precourse study), is taught by one the following international authorized instructors:

Debranne Pattillo , Equinology® Master Equine Body Worker, Course author

Megan Kanz , Equinology® Master Equine Body Worker

Tina Watkins , Equinology® Equine Body Worker, EST

Dr. Mila Speciani, (veterinarian), Equinology® Equine Body Worker


The course is specifically designed for those students wishing to pursue a career in this field but also for owners who wish to learn how to apply the techniques correctly on their own horses. The course is regularly attended by veterinarians, physical therapists, human massage therapists, equine massage therapists, trainers, barn managers, and chiropractors who would like to enhance their skills. The course is taught in such a comprehensive logical layered format, that those with little or no complementary equine care and science background will find themselves up to speed with the other professional participants.


Course Outline:

  • Application of a full session as well as targeting specific areas
  • Additional specialized Equinology techniques for sessions
  • Deep, middle and superficial layer muscle location and isolation
  • 80+ point locations
  • Veterinary vocabulary and terminology
  • Benefits of bodywork
  • Contraindications
  • Bony landmark/surface anatomy identification
  • Stretches and relaxation exercises for the session
  • Work ethics and working with the professional community
  • Documenting sessions
  • Conformation and gait analysis
  • Exercising the horse after a session
  • Marketing
  • Introduction to dental issues and saddle fitting issues
  • Session assessment & observation forms included for business use   

Students attend class daily from 8:00am to 5:30pm and have additional 3 hours of evening studies. Please note that the course often runs to 6 pm; please plan to attend until then. The fifth day of class is spent out of class for independent study. It is an intense course. There are two other versions of this course spread over a longer number of days. The extended two week version (EQ101) is offered every year in Petaluma, Northern California, and the extended three week version (EQ102) is offered USA only at The Sea Ranch on the California North Coast.


Students will find that this foundation course ensures they understand the techniques they'll be using as professionals. Additionally, it helps to prepare students for further studies in other Equinology INC ® courses. Other equine professionals specifically request Equinology® trained Equine Body Workers, so you will want to be on that list!


After completing the workshop/course and required externship, the student will be able to evaluate posture and movement and apply a complete massage confidently. Externship and case studies are required in all of Equinology’s courses to ensure that the students have learned the enormous amount of material presented in class. This way we find we can fine tune the students’ sessions. Equinology’s staff is able to answer questions for the participants should they arise during this externship period. Equinology’s reputation stands tall due to the fact we test our students before issuing certificates.


The Externship:

For this particular course there's an additional 100 hours of outlined study once the student leaves the class. The externship repeats what was presented during the course. Participants complete 20 sessions on at least 5 different horses using all of the techniques taught in the class. There is also a home review portion included in the fieldwork on muscle function, muscle identification, point location and gait assessment required to support the material that is taught and presented in the class. Once this is completed a video is sent by the student to Equinology to review, assess and expand the student's work. The student is informed of the outcome, comments and corrections. If a portion of the externship needs to be repeated; the student will be asked to do so. We have an excellent pass rate for those turning in the externship. It is not necessary for the student to shadow or be under the direct supervision of another Equinology® Equine Body Worker for this portion.


Tuition includes:  Supplies, EEBW Workbook with session notes, business documents and handouts. Certification of Achievement upon completion of class and externship. In 2015 the required text: Anatomy of Equine Bodywork: The Equinology Approach, by Debranne Pattillo will be at the courses for purchase. We are expect the 450 page text to cost somewhere between $50-$75USA.


Prerequisite :

Please note: You must have knowledge of directional terms, veterinary vocabulary and anatomy. You need to register well in advance for the EQ50: Equine Anatomy Precourse Distance Study found at: http://www.equinology.com/info/course.asp?courseid=73 This precourse study guide tuition is free to everyone. There is an admin fee of $35USD. You can register for this course at any time even if you are not attending this course. If you have a thorough understanding of this material especially those professionals already in the health care industry such as veterinarians or similar; please contact the office to clear this prerequisite. This EQ50 prerequisite will then be waived.

We expect students to spend 100 hours reviewing the precourse study guide before attending the course. While it is not necessary to complete the entire EQ50 course by the time you attend this course you should be very familiar and comfortable with the terminology and skeletal system. However, for those participating in the EQ100, you must complete the EQ50 final exam before your Equinology® Equine Body Worker certificate is released.


Participants must have good horse ground handling skills and be thoroughly comfortable working around horses before attending this course. You must be confident and secure picking up horses' legs and must be comfortable leading all types of horse personalities and dispositions. If not, we suggest you spend some time taking horsemanship lessons prior to enrollment.


Please note: USA Students must first read the state law pertaining to their state before being allowed to register. The state laws vary and some states only allow veterinarians or direct supervision for animal care.


Required Reading:

EQ50: Equine Anatomy Precourse Distance Study: See Above


Required Text for Course: see above


Strongly Suggested Additional Text:

Any Good Additional Anatomy Text (we suggest):

Color Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy: The Horse Volume 2 by Ashdown & Done or

Clinical Anatomy of the Horse by Clayton and Flood or

ABC of the Horse Atlas by Pauli Gronberg


Other Suggested Additional Text for the Course:

Any Goo d Equine Health Care Book (we suggest):

The Comprehensive Guide to Equine Veterinary Medicine by Dr. Barb Crabbe

Any Good Veterinary Dictionary or Terminology Book (we suggest):

An Illustrated Guide to Veterinary Medical Terminology by Janet Romich


Further Favorite Reading for Future Information:

Biomechanics and Physical Training of the Horse by Denoix

Your Horse's Well Being by Linda Tellington- Jones

The Horse in Motion: The Anatomy and Physiology of Equine Locomotion by Pilliner, Elmhurst and Davies

Cavaletti by Klimke

Equine Exercise Physiology by Dr. David Marlin

The Dynamic Horse by Dr. Hilary Clayton

Course Dates At Different Locations
(All dates are in mm/dd/yyyy format)
From 10/16/2014 to 10/24/2014 At Canada; Calgary
By Tina Watkins    [Fee CND 2,420.00]

  • Early Bird Registration [Fee CND 2,220.00] - Valid till 8/16/2014
  • EEBW
  • Available
  • From 3/1/2015 to 3/9/2015 At Australia, VIC; Clonbinane: AEBC
    By Debranne Pattillo MEEBW    [Fee USD 2,395.00]

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  • Available
  • From 5/21/2015 to 5/29/2015 At Canada; Calgary
    By Debranne Pattillo MEEBW    [Fee CDN 2,420.00]

  • Early Bird Registration [Fee CDN 2,220.00] - Valid till 3/21/2015
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