EQ50: Equine Anatomy Precourse Distance Study


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If you want to learn more about the musculoskeletal system, this course is the perfect choice. The 172 manual alone contains more relevant material than most onsite courses that you will attend! (Well...not our onsite bodywork courses; that manual is over 450 pages and the workbook another 150 pages!)

Who should take this course? Horseowners, trainers, caregivers, farriers, bodyworkers, saddle fitters, breeder,vet tech and anyone in the health care industry who would like to expand their current knowledge. This course is also the required precourse anatomy distance study course used for our signature Equinology® Equine Body Worker (EEBW)Certification courses and this course is used for other school programs requiring precourse anatomy study. You will find it beneficial for any bodywork approach, biomechanics, lameness, saddle fit, farrier or trimming or stretching course or workshop you plan to attend now or in the future. Get your head start now.

Lay down the bones and learn those layers of muscles as well as veterinary anatomy! Understand what it means if someone says they are flexing or extending a joint or if they are abducting a limb. If you are serious about continuing on to learn bodywork as a professional,you have to the lingo if you want to play with the big kids.

Please take note! An automatic computer generated invoice is sent upon completion of your registration. The office has to manually process your registration which can take up to two business days but is typically done the following business day. A confirmation email letter with agree to terms will be manually sent from the office with school documents; please watch for this.You will need to return the STUDENT ENROLLMENT AGREEMENT first which will arrive with the confirmation letter before your course material will be sent as per state requirement no matter where you reside for distance courses.  

By the way... Equinology has the only 320+hour Certification Program which is strictly dedicated to equine and canine bodywork in California and which is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)!  

If you are wanting a closer look at our Equinology® Equine Body Worker (EEBW) Certification, the EEBW course numbers are EQ100, EQ101 and EQ102. These are all the same course content but differ in amount of days attending and hours per day; you only need to attend one.

If you are going to attend one of our onsite courses, signing up for this course now allows you the luxury of studying well ahead of time or if you are looking for a review. With the expanded EQ50 course, we have determined it takes around 100 hours to complete. 

Learning Outcomes: After completing the course the student will be able to:

  • identify the skeletal system and locate the regions of the skeleton on horses,

  • understand the veterinary terminology, vocabulary and directional terms enabling the student to communicate with others in the field and continue with self-learning exercises,

  • apply palpation skills for the equine surface anatomy and compare them among horses,

  • distinguish and label the four layers of common muscles of the horse to assist future learning,

  • compare horse's skeletal regions and be able to note the differences between horses as well note the asymmetries of the individual horse,

  • understand the terms related to movement of the horse,

  • evaluate the musculoskeletal symmetry of the horse to determine if there are differences which need to be addressed by a health care professional.  

Requirements of Students: A computer and internet access is required for students to download the text and documents delivered via “High Tail” which is a program utilized to send large documents. The internet connection should be 56K modem and although slower speeds will work, high speed is preferable (cable, LAN, DS etc.) Students should have computer and internet access to view suggested links as well as videos on You Tube. While not required to have a Facebook account, students have the opportunity to access the same documents on the Facebook group established for this course.


You must be a High School Graduate*or over 18 years of age* or

You must have High School English equivalency reading skills**

*Those who are under 18 years of age need permission from their parents or guardians. If the student is not a high school graduate, they will need to take and document the passing of an “Ability to Benefit”. Parents you must call the office at 707.884.9963 if you are registering your child under 18years of age.

**Those who are not high school graduates need to take and document the passing of an“Ability to Benefit” test from either Wonderlic or Accuplacer with a minimum score demonstrating that they have the ability to benefit from Equinology’s instruction.   Proof of this must be supplied.

This EQ50 course also offers 50 continuing education hours for members of the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (Human State Certification).

Course Content: Anatomy and Veterinary Terminology and Vocabulary, The Muscular System, The Skeletal System and Palpating Bony Landmarks and Surface Anatomy

Methods of Instruction and Delivery: This is a self-paced course. Although it is designed to be completed in less than two months we do allow the student one year from the time of registration to complete at home. The complete course manual (172 pages) is sent to you via a hyperlink from Hightail.com to download directly to your computer to save or print. You do not have to purchase the text.

However, if you prefer a hard copy and do not have access to print the e-copy you can purchase. These hard copies are available for purchase at your own expense ($69.95). These are bound and printed in color on quality paper: http://www.equinology.com/info/product.asp?subcatid=19.Thisis sent directly from the printer who also calculates the shipping charges.Posters are also available from the online store.

There are Additional Learning Activities within the manual which are required components of the course, not optional. If you do not complete them you will miss a good deal of the course.

When you have completed reviewing all the course content, you will request the open book final online exam and you have a time limit of 2 months to complete the exam.  No worries! You have 3 attempts to pass

If you are interested in signing up for this course you can register directly through this link by scrolling below or send a check (USA only) or international money order to the Equinology office at: POB 1310, Bodega Bay, CA 94923 USA.   

Please remember you do not have to finish the EQ50 in order to be able to attend the EEBW course but you must be extremely familiar with the skeletal system. Join us for one of these EEBW courses; sign up now!

The current Equinology® Equine Body Worker (EEBW) Certification Course Schedule:     

EQ100 which is held over a 9 day period: http://www.equinology.com/info/course.asp?courseid=5       

The longer two week version EQ101held once or twice a year in California can be found at:  http://www.equinology.com/info/course.asp?courseid=7    

The three week version held once a year on the northern California coast can be found at:  http://www.equinology.com/info/course.asp?courseid=8    

If you are looking for a particular country schedule; click on to the calendar of events for that country found onthis page: http://www.equinology.com/info/events.asp  

To complete EEBW certification process (EQ100 or 101 or 102) Equinology Equine Body Worker Certification Course (EEBW) students need to complete the EQ50 final exam before the EEBW certificate is released. Again, you may attend the EEBW course before you finish this EQ50 course.


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By Debranne Pattillo MEEBW    [Fee USD 95.00]

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