We realize that some participants prefer to take portions of a course at a time, or come back in for a review on a schedule region of the horse. To accommodate these individuals we have split the Equinology®
Equine Body Worker Certification Course in two parts. Often these will be scheduled back to back for those that wish both parts. Part A will focus on the head, neck and forelimb. Part B will focus on the remainder of the spine and the hindlimb. Once students complete both portions, they will begin the case studies and externship at home after leaving the course. Suggestions for studying Part A will be provided to help keep it fresh in the participant's brain as well as prepare for Part B.
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 course emphasizes proper and safe techniques; all anatomically referenced. It covers assessment of the entire horse including conformation and gait assessment 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.
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; Part B will address the hindlimb and the remainder of the spine and trunk:
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
Bony landmark/surface anatomy identification
Stretches and relaxation exercises for the session
Conformation and gait analysis
Exercising the horse after a session
Introduction to dental issues and saddle fitting issues
Session assessment & observation forms included for business use
Students attend class daily from 8:00am to 4:30pm and have additional 3 hours of evening studies.
Please note that the course often runs to 5:00pm; please plan to attend until then.
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 for Part A and Part B, the student will be able to assess posture and movement and apply a complete session 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.
manual, supplies, business documents and handouts. Certification of Achievement upon completion of class and externship for both portions (A and B).
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.
EQ50: Equine Anatomy Precourse Distance Study:
Practical Guide to Lameness in Horses
by Ted Stashak and Cherry Hill . This text is used for the class in addition to the manual. Please order it well in advance so you can bring it with you. You can purchase it directly from the publisher by going to:
You can also try: http://www.pegasusbooks.biz/ which carries a large line of equine books.
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.
Strongly Suggested Additional Text:
Any Good Additional Anatomy Text (suggested titles:)
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: A Handbook of Equine Anatomy, Biomechanics, Conditioning by Pauli Gronberg
Other Suggested Additional Text for the Course:
Anatomy of an Equine Massage: the "Painted Horse"
by Debranne Pattillo, MEBW. Available through Equinology and to EEBW certification course participants only. Available onsite at the clinics too.
Any Good Equine Health Care Book (we suggest):
The Comprehensive Guide to Equine Veterinary Medicine by Dr. Barb Crabbe
Any Good Veterinary Dictionary
Further Favorite Reading for Future Information:
Physical Therapy and Massage for the Horse by Denoix and Pailloux
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