EQ103E: Advanced Equine Soft Tissue Techniques, Introduction to Spinal Mobilisation and Clinical Reasoning

Dates: TBA —– | —– Cost: £995.00
Instructor: Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW (hon)MSc. and Dr. Nicole Rombach APM (ITEC), PG AM, MEEBW, CCBW, MSc., PhD

This 5-day, 50-hour course (100+ total hours with required externship) is designed for students who have successfully completed the Equinology® Equine Body Worker (EEBW) Certification Course, or a comparable equine sports massage programme with a strong anatomy background*. This course has a strong emphasis on practical application of advanced equine bodywork/soft tissue mobilization (STM) techniques, including sports massage, stretching, spinal mobilisation and muscle activation techniques.


Course Duration: students attend class for five consecutive days from 8 am to 4:30 pm daily, and have an additional two hours of
evening studies. Thirty minutes are allowed for lunch.


Course Outline:

  • Continuing from the EEBW certification course: anatomy of additional muscles and bony landmarks
  • New precise points for advanced sports massage and equine body work techniques
  • Advanced STM, muscle activation, origin-to-insertion and muscle release techniques
  • Advanced STM technique: using the tennis ball
  • Advanced cross-fiber massage techniques
  • Advanced techniques to address the temporomandibular joint
  • Advanced technique: sinus drain
  • Isolating and addressing the thoracic and pelvic limb muscles with advanced techniques
  • Advanced stretching/joint range of motion mechanics for the thoracic and pelvic limbs
  • Advanced techniques to address the paraspinal musculature
  • Addressing the broad sacral tuberous ligament in combination with paraspinal and gluteal muscles
  • Introduction to myofascial release techniques
  • Introduction to spinal mobilization techniques
  • Introduction to core muscle activation techniques and stabilization exercises
  • Review: gait evaluation
  • Case study discussions
  • Anatomy practical: the painted horse
  • Anatomy practical: muscle and point label session

Course cost: Includes EQ103 course manual, supplies and handouts

*Prerequisites: Completion of EEBW Certification course (EQ 100, 101. 102 or EQ 105). It is not necessary for the EEBW student to have completed the EEBW certification externship prior to attending this course. Alternatively, successful completion of an equine sports massage programme with hours and content comparable to the Equinology Equine Body Worker certification course, covering the major muscles and points. Students coming in from other programmes must challenge the EEBW Certification Course prior to registering for the Advanced Equine Bodywork Level I course. There is an administrative fee of $100.00 for this challenge, which covers the review of a submitted video of a sports massage, stretching and soft tissue release session. Students are required to demonstrate the ability to identify at least 75% of the muscles used in the EEBW certification course. Contact the Equinenergy® course office for full details of information for the course challenge, which is waived for students with the ITEC Diploma in Equine Sports Massage (UK).

Required Reading: review of the Equinology Equine Body Worker® certification course manual

Suggested Reading: as for the EEBW certification course


This course is required for completion of the Equinology Equine Body Worker® Level II certification.

For continuation to the progressive certification levels, this course is also required for the MEEBW and SEEBW certifications.