EQ103E: Advanced Equine Soft Tissue Techniques, Intro to Spinal Mobilisation, Rehabilitation Concepts, and Clinical Reasoning


Dates: 07 – 11 August 2024 (Writtle University College, UK) —– | —– Cost: £995.00
Instructor: Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW (hon)MSc. and Dr. Nicole Rombach APM (ITEC), PG AM, MEEBW, CCBW, MSc., PhD

This 5-day, 55-hour course (165 total hours with 10-hour pre-course study and required 100-hour externship) is designed for students who have successfully completed the Equinology® Equine Body Worker (EEBW) Certification Course or a comparable equine sports massage program with a strong anatomy background*. This course has a strong emphasis on practical application of advanced equine bodywork/soft tissue mobilisation (STM) techniques, including sports massage, stretching, mobilisation and muscle activation techniques.

Course Duration: students attend class for five consecutive days from 0830 am to 1730 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, attachment-to-attachment, 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 sacrotuberous ligament in combination with paraspinal and gluteal muscles
  • Introduction to myofascial release techniques
  • Introduction to spinal mobilisation techniques
  • Introduction to core muscle activation techniques and stabilization exercises
  • Review: gait evaluation
  • Case study discussions

The objectives for this course are to:

  • identify the areas of the horse that require additional bodywork beyond the basic levels
  • list and identify additional advanced muscles and more specific point locations
  • understand when the advanced techniques are appropriate
  • incorporate the new advanced bodywork techniques, mobilisation application, muscle activation techniques and stretches presented in the course
  • distinguish the difference neurogenic and pathological issues and communicate any related concerns to the owner to seek veterinary intervention
  • design an appropriate bodywork session to incorporate the advanced techniques successfully in the horse’s current session
  • integrate the knowledge of conformation and movement with reference to the realistic capabilities of the client’s horse, and tactfully discuss these finding with the client, and to
  • interpret the response from the horse to the advanced techniques to gain insight on whether they are defensive, sensitive ,or relaxing for the session, and whether the horses are improving with each wellness session.
  • understand the differences between rehabilitation and prehabilitation
  • create ground- and yard-based exercises for the horse owner
  • comprehend the criteria for rehabilitation.
  • *Prerequisites: Completion of EEBW Certification course.
    It is not necessary for the EEBW student to have completed the EEBW certification externship prior to attending this course. Alternatively, participants may register if they hold a 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.