Equinology®: Equine Body Worker (EEBW) Certification Course: EQ100SA


Course Features

  • Duration: 9 day course
  • Category:
  • Externship: Yes
  • Venue: HEA Farm
  • Language: English
  • Course Capacity: 14
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Skill Level: intermediate
  • Start Course: 18-11-2019

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Join us for our Internationally recognised Equinology® Equine Body Worker (EEBW) Certification Course. This signature course offers a unique blend of equine sports massage, soft tissue release, stretching and point therapy, all anatomically referenced.

If you are serious about working with equines professionally, then this is the course for you. Students learn from the best in the field over 9 intensive days and then complete a 120 hr guided externship.  The unique Equinology® Equine Body Work Approach is a hands-on system that addresses the whole body, implementing specific manual palpation methods to assess soft tissue and symmetry of muscle and structure. Students utilise detailed static and dynamic evaluation strategies, including confirmation and gait analysis to inform their sessions.

Different bodywork techniques — including sports massage, soft tissue mobilisation, stretching, range of motion and positioning exercises, as well as “focal” point work (stress and trigger points) — are combined to provide optimal support for horses working in every discipline.

We urge you to learn more about the Equinology® Approach and compare programs with other Institutions before taking this enormous step in the direction of your future profession.  We know you will see the difference.

Venue: The Hemel en Aarde Farm, Hermanus, Western Cape. www.heafarm.co.za

Price: R 24, 950.00 per person

We are privileged that this course will be presented by Debranne Pattillo, President Equinology® Inc, Master Equinology® Equine Body Worker and course author.

Course Overview

Vocabulary: Skeletal structure: Muscle structure: Massage & Bodywork: Assessment: Business

  • 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
  • Marketing
  • Session evaluation and observation forms included for business use

The Externship (Final Project of Case Studies, Visual Presentation and Extra Learning Activities):

After completing the workshop and required externship, the student will be able to assess posture and movement and apply a complete session confidently. Externship and case studies are required in all of Equinology’s courses to ensure that the students have learned the enormous amount of material presented in class. This way we find we can fine tune the students’ sessions.

Our staff will be able to answer questions for the participants should they arise during this externship period. Equinology’s reputation stands tall due to the fact we test our students AFTER the course before issuing certificates; the certificates are not handed out as door prizes at the end of the class. Everybody needs to practice what they have learned, do cases studies and continue with extra learning activities so they can hone their skills, ask questions and get the additional hands on skills required before presenting yourself as a professional. Our participants are so well prepared that we have a 98% pass rate for those presenting the externship.

For this particular course there’s an additional 120 hours of guided study once the student leaves the class. This is completed at home. Participants complete 20 sessions on at least 5 different horses using all of the techniques taught in the class. There is also a home review portion included in the externship on muscle function, muscle identification, point location and gait assessment required to enhance the material that is taught and presented in the class. It is not required that you mentor under another Equinology® Equine Body Worker. Once this is completed a visual presentation is sent by the student to Equinology to review, evaluate and expand the student’s work.

Duration of Course: This is an intense nine-day course. Students attend class daily 8:00-5:30pm with an additional 2 hours of evening studies. Day five of course is spent out of class for independent and guided home study. One half hour is allowed for lunch.

Tuition includes: EEBW workbook, handouts, visual presentation of session to view online, supplies, review of externship submissions, invitation to FB externship support group, business documents and handouts. Certification of Achievement is delivered to the participant upon completion of class and fieldwork (externship).

Prerequisite: You must have knowledge of directional terms, veterinary vocabulary and anatomy. You need to register well in advance for the EQ50: Equine Anatomy Pre-Course Distance Study found here. The fee is $95USD. You can register for this course at any time even if you are not attending this course. If you have a thorough understanding of this material especially those professionals already in the health care industry such as veterinarians or similar; please contact the office to clear this prerequisite. This EQ50 prerequisite and the final exam will then be waived.


We expect students to spend 100 hours reviewing the pre-course study guide before attending the course. While it is not compulsory to complete the entire EQ50 course by the time you attend this course you should be very familiar and comfortable with the terminology and skeletal system. However, for those participating in the EQ100, you must complete the EQ50 final exam before your Equinology® Equine Body Worker certificate is released.

Participants must have good horse ground handling skills and be thoroughly comfortable working around horses before attending this course. You must be confident and secure picking up horses’ legs and must be comfortable leading all types of horse personalities and dispositions. If not, we suggest you spend some time taking horsemanship lessons prior to enrolment.

Strongly Suggested Additional Text:

Any Good Additional Anatomy Text (we suggest) :
Color Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy: The Horse Volume 2 by Ashdown & Done or

Clinical Anatomy of the Horse by Drs. Clayton and Flood or

Anatomy of the Horse by Drs. Budras and Rock


Any Good Equine Health Care Book (we suggest): 
The Comprehensive Guide to Equine Veterinary Medicine by Dr. Barb Crabbe


Any Good Lameness Book (we suggest): 
Manual of Equine Lameness by Dr. Gary Baxter or

Practical Guide to Lameness by Dr. Ted Stashak


Any Good Veterinary Dictionary (we suggest):

Veterinary Medical Terminology by Romich available through Cengage

Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary


Further Favorite Reading for Future Information:

Biomechanics and Physical Training of the Horse by Dr. Denoix

Your Horse’s Well Being by Linda Tellington- Jones

The Horse in Motion: The Anatomy and Physiology of Equine Locomotion by Pilliner, Elmhurst and Davies

Cavaletti by Klimke

Equine Exercise Physiology by Dr. David Marlin

The Dynamic Horse by Dr. Hilary Clayton

The Horse in Motion: The Anatomy and Physiology of Equine Locomotion by Pilliner, Elmhurst and Davies

Activate Your Horse’s Core by Drs. Clayton and Stubbs

Diagnosis and Management of Lameness in the Horse by Drs. Ross and Dyson

Animal Physiotherapy by McGown,Goff and Stubbs

Care and Rehabilitation of the Equine Foot by Pete Ramey

Anatomy for Artists by Goldfinger

Debranne Pattillo - MEEBW, President Equinology ® Inc
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