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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 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.

The class is presented with loads of hands-on, specimens, illustrations, horses and of course our "painted horse."


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 12-day extended 100+ hour course (actual course contact hours and independent evening and off days assigned study; a total of 300+hours with the required post course field work and precourse study), is taught by the international instructor Debranne Pattillo, Equinology® Master Equine Body Worker. It is perfect for those who would like to learn at a more casual rate or for those who haven\'t taken any type of educational programs in a while. It is only offered in Petaluma, Northern California, USA at Flying Cloud Farm. 

The course is specifically designed for those students wishing to pursue a career in this field, but is also 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.


After completing the workshop and required externship, 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. Our participants are so well prepared that we have a 98% pass rate for those presenting the externship.


The Externship:

For this particular course there\'s an additional 100 hours of guided study once the student leaves the class. 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 enhance 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, evaluate and expand the student\'s work.


Course Outline:


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


Students attend class daily from 8:30am to 4:00pm and have an additional 3 hours of evening studies. The weekend off-days of class are spent out of class for independent study. It is an intense course. This is the same course as EQ100 and EQ102, just in a different format.


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.


Tuition includes : manual, supplies, business documents and handouts. Certification of Achievement upon completion of class and fieldwork (externship).


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: This precourse study guide tuition is free to everyone. There is an admin fee of $25USD. 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 EQ101, 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.


Required Reading:

EQ50: Equine Anatomy Precourse Distance Study: See Above

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.  


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 or on-site at clinics. Please note this text is available to EEBW certification course participants only. 


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