EQ900E: Progressive Intensive Equine Anatomy

EQ900We have a blast at this course!  A wealth of 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 this 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 working with hands, tools or therapeutic equipment, 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 with a better understanding of the structure of the horse.

Specifically for the UK, this seven-day course (three days on, one day off for home study, three days on) is taught in increments in a study group format with a hands-on approach.

EQ900 (2)Using bones, models, visuals, books, hand-outs, reference material and live horses, Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW and president and founder of Equinology Inc®, will lead and direct the group. Students will work in teams of two, building the muscles on Equiken® models at a comfortable pace, researching each muscle as the building progresses. Students become familiar with various published books, scientific publications and internet resources during the course, thus enabling them to research anatomy further. The student will have a chance to ensure he or she has understood the information by completing a self-assessment quiz at the start of each day of 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 anatomy classes may have attended with a dry lecturer reciting from a book. Debranne’s wit and style make this a fun course. She uses different 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:
Vocabulary

  • 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.

Prerequisites: Students must register  through Equinology for the EQ50: Precourse Distance Equine Anatomy Course. Please register ahead of time for the precourse study, to allow plenty of time to go through the material.

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