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EQ900SA Anatomy Discovery Workshop

Course Instructor
Debranne Pattillo, AEBW, ESMT.

We have a blast at this course! It\'s really closer to an art class but artistic skills are not necessary! So much information is shared amongst the participants, loads of questions are explored, light bulbs are constantly going on and huge smiles of comprehension continue throughout the duration of the workshop.


The difference between the average equine massage therapist and a great equine massage therapist is accuracy. Anyone in the equine health care profession whether you use your hands, tools, or machines, will find this is a great opportunity to expand and enhance skills. This course is also useful for the trainer or rider because analytical skills are honed after understanding the structure of the horse. This knowledge improves your riding and teaching skills.


This nine-day course is taught in increments in a study group format with a hands-on approach. The first of the three increments will span three days. You will have a day off for independent study returning for two days for the middle increment. After one more day off you will finish with another 2 days.


Using bones, models, visuals, books, hand-outs, reference material and live horses, Debranne Pattillo, MEBW and president and founder of Equinology Inc®, will lead and direct the group. Students will work in teams of two, building the muscles on the Equiken® models at a comfortable pace, researching each muscle as the building progresses. Students become very familiar with various published books, publications and internet resources during the course, thus enabling them to research anatomy better. The student will have a chance to ensure he or she has understood the information by completing a self assessment before the beginning of each class. Students are responsible to attend all seven days of class in the classroom and are expected to spend the off days reviewing material for at least 8 hours per day.


This is not like those anatomy classes you\\\\\\\'ve attended with a dry lecturer reciting from a book. Debranne\\\'s wit and style make this a fun course. She uses various approaches that leave you with the increased knowledge to continue on in your own studies. Past students rave about this course and return year after year.


Course Outline:


  • anatomy vocabulary
  • directional terms
  • veterinary terms

  Skeletal structure

  • form and function
  • skeletal organization
  • thoracic and pelvic appendicular system
  • axial skeletal system
  • bony landmark and surface anatomy identification

  Muscle structure

  • function and form
  • intrinsic and extrinsic muscles
  • relationship to orientation
  • deep, middle and superficial layer major muscles
  • reciprocal apparatus
  • passive stay apparatus of the hind and fore limb

Injuries and issues relating to muscles


Course Practicals:

  • Building individual muscles in clay using the Equiken® model
  • Painting the middle layer muscles on the horse
  • Painting the bony landmarks on the horse
  • Muscle labeling session
  • Palpation sessions for bony landmarks and muscles
  • Locating and isolating muscles


Tuition: includes the course manual, use of model during course and handouts.


Prerequisite: Students must review the veterinary vocabulary and terms, skeletal anatomy, and bony landmarks in the EQ50 Equine Anatomy Free online course found at: This is the precourse used for the Equinology ® Equine Body Worker  Certification Courses so it is not necessary to redo for those having participated in the EEBW course.
If you feel you are already well versed in vocabulary and the musculoskeletal system please contact the office to waive this prerequisite.


Books Suggested for the Classroom:

Bring at least one anatomy book to class: Color Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy: The Horse Volume 2 by Ashdown and Done or Atlas of Equine Anatomy by Chris Pasquini or Clinical Anatomy of the Horse by Clayton and Flood.


An anatomy course is required for the Equinology ®  Equine Body WorkerLevel II certification. A second anatomy course is required for the Equinology ® Master Equine Body Worker  certification. You may take EQ200, EQ900 or EQ910 to fulfill the requirements.


For the certification outline, please click here: