Date: November 18-26, 2024

Cost: R33,950

Duration: 9 days

Want to take your hands on modalities to a different level? Learn from the best! This unique hands-on system addresses the entire body, implementing specific manual palpation methods to assess soft tissue and symmetry of muscle and structure, and utilizing detailed static and dynamic evaluations. Different bodywork techniques, including sports massage, soft-tissue mobilization, stretching, range of motion and positioning exercises, muscle activation techniques and focal point work (stress and trigger points) are combined to provide optimal support for horses working in every discipline. The Equinology® Approach stands out because it is comprehensively and continually anatomically referenced, as part of a team approach.

This Equinology Equine Body Work Certification course, whilst recognized in many countries (it is represented in 7 countries on 4 continents) does not enable you to register with the South African Veterinary Council. Therefore, if you are not already registered with the SAVC, gaining the International Certification alone will not allow you to work on horses for financial gain.

However, if you are studying Veterinary Physiotherapy or are registered with the Vet Council, this course is approved with 80 CPD points in South Africa (AC/0586/21). For those of you looking to work on your own horses we are also offering the 3-day Equinology Equine Body Work for Owners and Trainers course.

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.

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

This Equinology Equine Body Work Certification course, whilst recognized in many countries (it is represented in 7 countries on 4 continents) does not enable you to register with the South African Veterinary Council. Therefore, if you are not already registered with the SAVC, gaining the International Certification alone will not allow you to work on horses for financial gain. However, if you are studying Veterinary Physiotherapy or are registered with the Vet Council, this course is approved with 80 CPD points in South Africa (AC/0586/21). For those of you looking to work on your own horses we are also offering the 3-day Equinology Equine Body Work for Owners and Trainers course.

  • Application of a full session as well as targeting specific areas
  • Additional specialized Equinology techniques for session application
  • Superficial, middle and deep muscle location and isolation
  • Over 90 point locations
  • Veterinary vocabulary and terminology
  • Benefits of bodywork
  • Contraindications of bodywork
  • Bony landmark/surface anatomy identification
  • Stretches for the session
  • Work ethics
  • Documenting sessions
  • Conformation and gait analysis
  • Injury
  • Exercising the horse after a session
  • Marketing
  • Introduction to dental issues
  • Introduction to saddle fitting issues
  • Session assessment & 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.

Text and Materials Required for Course:
Required Course Text: Anatomy of Equine Bodywork: The Equinology Approach: by Debranne Pattillo
Special Participant price; US$119 + tax (available onsite) or online (we will give you the promo code).
 
Course Workbook: Free
 
Course Handouts: Free
 
Course Audio: Free
 
Link to Routine Visual Presentation: Free
 
Narrated Lectures for Personal Use: Free
 
Required Reading: EQ50: Equine Anatomy Precourse Distance Study:  Get it here
 
Strongly Suggested Additional Text or Learning Aids:
 
Any Good Additional Anatomy Text or App (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
Equine Anatomy Learning Aid (EALA): android version is available from the Google Play store here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.equiinkpublications.equine The iphone version is available from the App Store here: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/equine-anatomy-learning-aid/id1489633019
 
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
Equine Lameness for the Layman by Dr. Robert Grisel
Diagnosis and Management of Lameness in the Horse by Drs. Ross and Dyson
 
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
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
Debranne sees equine anatomy with the eyes of both a body worker and an artist. Her teaching is infused with her basic delight in both the anatomical precision that excellent bodywork requires and the dynamic variation that teaching anatomy on (mostly living, nibbling, opinionated) horses often presents! Her knack for seeing the bones and muscles with an artist’s eye and her unique way of taking the body apart, from the skin down to the bones, and putting it back together again — as a colored drawing, as an “air massage,” or as a painting done in chalk on a live horse — is a perspective that fuels her work as a practitioner of equine body work and sports massage and makes her a much sought-after teacher. Her “Painted Horse,” which has served as the backbone for presenting equine anatomy since Equinology started, was showcased in United Kingdom’s BBC television program “Country File” in 2001. Debranne’s first exposure to hands-on work with horses came through her then Sonoma County-based trainer, Gail Hunt, who took her to one of Linda Tellington-Jones clinic. This led to one of those “light bulb” moments which Debranne has in turn provided for so many of her own students. Debranne is the first to say that all of the instructors who teach for Equinology have been extremely influential to her, but she is also quick to acknowledge Dr. Kerry Ridgway, DVM (instructor and practitioner extraordinaire in acupuncture, animal manipulation and saddle fit) and the late Australian, Dr. Des Greaves (licensed acupuncturist, homeopath, osteopath, and chiropractor) as two of her most significant mentors, along with a cranky 16-year old Thoroughbred mare named Ronamead. Before dedicating herself to developing Equinology’s curriculum and faculty and teaching, Debranne owned and operated a small sport horse lay-up and boarding facility for six years. It was during this time that she discovered the benefits of equine sports massage for the rehabilitation and preventative care of these equine athletes. In 1993, she sold the ranch to enable her to work on an established monthly clientele of various disciplines, which included: dressage, hunters, jumpers, endurance, cutting, pleasure, as well as the geriatric retiree. Since 1994, she has been the lead instructor for more than 90 equine sports massage and anatomy courses to more than 1,000 course participants in the US, Canada, UK, South Africa, New Zealand and Canada. She holds the Equinology® Master Equine Body Worker Certification, a certification which takes participants over 1600 hours of coursework to complete. She is the author and facilitator of the unique Equinology® Equine Body Worker Certification Course (equine sports massage, stretching and specialized techniques), which is the signature course for Equinology. This course serves as the professional qualification in the BSc in Equine Sports Therapy presented by Writtle Agricultural College and University of Essex, United Kingdom. Debranne is also the co-founder and past Chair of the United States division of the International Equine Body Worker Association (IEBWA); a leading international association that aims to support and foster equine body work practices and ethics. She is currently the Division Head of the IEBWA for USA, Australia and New Zealand. Debranne is a regularly invited lecturer and guest speaker for demonstrations and lectures in anatomy, stretching and massage at colleges, universities, private educational institution and various equestrian facilities and venues. She has been working for several years on a comprehensive anatomy and sports massage textbook scheduled for publication in 2015 with Dr. Peter Flood and medical illustrator Sue Simon that includes major contributions from Dr. Kerry Ridgway, Dr. Barb Crabbe, Kalyani Premkumar and Dr. Joanna Robson. Celia Strain, art director of Equus Magazine, Laurie O\\'Keefe and Catherine Twomey all highly sought after medical illustrator support this book\\'s text with their fresh illustrations.
A R4,000 deposit is required to hold your spot in a course – the remainder of the tuition is due at least six weeks prior to the course start date. The R4,000 deposit is nonrefundable and nontransferable, and is credited to the total tuition for the course. Confirmation letters, course outlines, required pre-study (if applicable), directions and lodging options will be sent when the R4,000 deposit has been received.

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