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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 therapy.


The course emphasizes proper and safe techniques; all anatomically referenced. It covers assessment of the entire horse including conformation and gait evaluation 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 3 week course taught by International instructor, Debranne Pattillo, Equinology®   Master Equine Body Worker is presented on the Northern California coast only. Like the other Equinology® Equine Body Worker certification courses, it is a total of 300 + hours with the required precourse study guide and the post course fieldwork. Normally the course is held for 3 weeks; Monday-Thursday, leaving a 3 day weekend in-between to study, relax and enjoy the north coast or the island and the recreation they offer. This year due to scheduling difficulties we will start on Wednesday and finishing on Saturday the first week and resume the Monday to Thursday schedule for the remaining 2 weeks. Some after hour free activities will be arranged via Equinology for those interested in participating such as beach and/or bluff walks, tours, and dining. Other activities such as golfing, kayaking, movies, wine tasting, riding lessons and trail rides can be arranged for those individuals wishing to participate at the current rate.


This layout is perfect for those who would like to learn at a more casual rate or where it has been a while since one has taken any type of educational program. It is also great for those wishing to rent a house in the Gualala/Point Arena area and bring their families along for a vacation. Plenty of other lodging is available via B and B’s, vacation rentals and motels.


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 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 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. 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 evaluation 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, middle, superficial muscle layer 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 evaluation & observation forms included for business use   

Students attend class daily 9-4:00. Independent study is assigned on the "off days". This is the same course as EQ100 and EQ101, 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   : Supplies, business documents and handouts. Certification of Achievement upon completion of class and fieldwork (externship). Two required text are available for purchase at the course. Equinology Equine Body Worker Manual (400 pages) and the Anatomy of an Equine Massage: the "Painted Horse" 


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 EQ102, 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


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