Instructor: Dr. Mila Speciani, DVM, EEBW (Aug-Sept) and Debranne Patillo, MEEBW (July/August)
Join us for our signature certification course, which offers a unique blend of equine sports massage, soft tissue release, stretching and point therapy.
This course emphasises correct and safe techniques that are all anatomically referenced. It covers assessment of the entire horse, including conformation and gait evaluation, and introduces principles of saddle fitting and dentistry. The programme emphasises professional ethics and marketing tools, to accentuate working within the professional equine healthcare industry. Aside from the theory portions, the class is presented with a mix of practical sessions, specimens, illustrations, live horses and of course our renowned “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 of the 250 participants who graduate annually. There is more to sessions with horses than just a recipe ‘routine’. The practitioner needs to look at the whole animal, understand what is being observed and utilize the taught skills.
Equinology INC ® is not for everyone. Equinology INC ® is for serious students, those who strive to be leaders in their profession.
This 9-day, 300+hour course is made up of actual course contact hours, independent evening and off-day assigned studies, the compulsory pre-course anatomy study and post-course externship and examination. In the UK, this course is taught by one the following international authorized instructors:
Dr. Mila Speciani, DVM, EEBW
This course is designed for students wishing to pursue a career in the field of equine bodywork, but is also regularly attended by veterinarians, physical therapists, chiropractors, human massage therapists, equine massage therapists from other programmes, trainers and yard managers who would like to enhance their skills or continue their education within their profession. After completing the course and required externship, the student will be able to confidently apply a complete professional sports massage .
Externship and case studies are required in all of Equinology’s courses to ensure that students have consolidated the enormous amount of material presented in class. This way we can fine-tune students’ practical sessions. Equinology staff members are able to answer questions for the participants should these 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.
For this particular course there are 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 during the course. The externship also includes a home review portion on muscle function, muscle identification, point location and gait evaluation to enhance the material that is taught and presented in class. Once this is completed a video is sent by the student to Equinology to review, evaluate and expand upon the student’s work.
- Application of a full sports massage session as well as targeting specific areas
- Additional specialized Equinology techniques for use during sessions
- Deep and superficial muscle location and isolation
- 80 point locations
- Veterinary vocabulary and terminology
- Benefits of sports massage
- Contra-indications of sports massage
- Bony landmark/surface anatomy identification
- Stretches for the session
- Relaxation exercises for the session
- Professional ethics
- Documenting of sessions
- Conformation and gait analysis
- Injury and sports massage
- Follow-up exercises after a sports massage session
- Introduction to dental issues
- Introduction to saddle fitting issues
- Session evaluation and observation forms included for business use
Students attend class daily from 8:00am to 5:30pm and have up to three additional hours of evening studies. The fifth day of the course is spent out of class for independent study. This is an intensive course! There are two other versions of this course spread over a longer number of days. The extended two week version (EQ101) is offered every year in Petaluma, Northern California, and the extended three week version (EQ102) is offered in the USA only at The Sea Ranch on the California North Coast.
Students will find that this foundation course ensures that they understand the techniques they will be using as professionals. Additionally, it helps to prepare students for further studies in other Equinology INC ® courses.
Certification of Achievement is issued upon successful completion of the course and the full externship.
Each student must have a good understanding and knowledge of directional terms, veterinary vocabulary and anatomy. You will need to register well ahead of your EQ100 course start for the EQ50: Equine Anatomy Pre-course Distance Study. You can register for this course at any time, even if you are not attending the Equinology Equine Body Worker certification course. If you have a thorough understanding of this material, especially those professionals already in the health care industry such as veterinarians, please contact the Equinenergy® course office to waive the EQ50 prerequisite.
We expect students to spend 100 hours reviewing the pre-course distance study material before attending the EEBW certification course. While it is not necessary to complete the entire EQ50 course by the time you attend this EQ100 course , you should be very familiar and comfortable with the terminology and skeletal system. However, for those participating in the EEBW certification course, the EQ50 final exam must be completed before the Equinology Equine Body Worker certificate is awarded.
Participants must have good horse ground handling skills and be thoroughly comfortable working around horses before attending this course. Students must be confident and secure picking up horses’ legs and must be comfortable around all types of horse personalities and dispositions. If not, horsemanship lessons are recommended prior to enrolment for this course.
Equine Pre-course Anatomy Study (EQ50): Students must read and understand the veterinary vocabulary and terms, skeletal anatomy and bony landmarks of the pre-course study material (EQ50). It is imperative that the student plans to spend at least 100 hours on this material prior to class start. Register for EQ50.
Registration for EQ50 MUST be made through Equinology Inc. via https://equinology.com/product/eq50-equine-anatomy-precourse-distance-study/.
Registrations for EQ50 sent to Equinenergy® Ltd will NOT be processed.
Course Manual: available for purchase through www.equinenergy.com