Date: March 2-6, 2025

Cost: R28,000

Duration: 5 days

Take your equine bodywork to the next level. There are so many tools to go into your toolbox; you’ll never stop adding to it once you start this journey. Learn different approaches to assessment and addressing soft tissue restrictions using advanced equine bodywork/soft tissue mobilization (STM) techniques, including advanced sports massage, stretching, spinal mobilization, range of motion restoration exercises and muscle activation techniques.

This 5-day, 50-hour course (115+ 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 program with a strong anatomy background* of 300+ hours.

Students attend class for five consecutive days from 8 am to 5 pm daily, and have an additional two hours of evening studies. Thirty minutes are allowed for lunch.

Course Outline:
  • Advanced STM, muscle activation, origin-to-insertion and muscle release techniques
  • Introduction to spinal mobilization
  • Advanced range of motion restoration exercises and stretching for the thoracic and pelvic limbs
  • Following on from EEBW certification course: anatomy of additional muscles and bony landmarks
  • New precise points for advanced sports massage and equine body work techniques
  • Advanced STM technique: using the tennis ball
  • Advanced cross fibre 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 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 core muscle activation techniques and stabilization exercises
  • Review: gait evaluation
  • Case study discussions
  • Anatomy practical: muscle and point label session
  • Clinical Reasoning Practical: Assessment, Discussion, Application of New Techniques, Re-evaluation.

Course cost: Includes EQ103 Workbook, supplies and handouts.
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 certification

Prerequisite: Completion of EEBW Certification course (EQ100, 101 or 102). It is not necessary for the EEBW student to have completed the EEBW certification externship prior to attending this course.

*Alternatively, students must have successfully completed an equine sports massage program with hours and content comparable to the Equinology Equine Body Worker certification course, covering the major muscles and points. Students coming in from other programs must challenge the EEBW Certification Course prior to registering for the EQ103 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 us for a list of these muscles.

Participants should already have good horse ground handling skills and be thoroughly comfortable working around horses before attending this course. You must also have a thorough understanding of equine safety.

Required Reading: Review of the EEBW EQ100 Certification course manual.

Suggested Reading: As for the EEBW EQ100 Certification course.


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.



Nicole attained the ITEC human massage qualification in 1997, the Equinology Equine Body Worker ® certification in 1998 and the Equinology Master Equine Body Worker ® certification in 1999 and has since taken most of the courses in the Equinology Extension certification series. She also completed the post-graduate and Master of Science degree programmes in Animal Manipulation from the McTimoney College of Chiropractic and University of Wales in the United Kingdom. She earned her PhD in 2013 from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. Her main interest lies in the effect of complementary therapies on equine performance, and the subject for her doctoral research was investigation into equine neck pain from the perspectives of pathology, neuromotor control and equine behaviour associated with spinal dysfunction. Nicole is the president of Equinenergy Ltd. ( and Caninenergy Ltd. ( in the United Kingdom. From 2003 to 2009 she was based in São Paulo, Brazil where she worked in direct liaison with various veterinary clinics, focusing on sports therapy for performance horses from novice to Olympic level. She travelled to national competition centres and private clients throughout Brazil and in other South American countries. In addition, she carried out infrared thermographic imaging (thermography) in conjunction with equine veterinarians to aid their diagnostic procedures. She also uses thermography to assess hoof balance, saddle fit and changes in thermal patterns following sports therapy sessions. Nicole regularly lectures at various universities and for professional associations. She travels within the USA and to Europe and Brazil on a regular basis, to teach some of the modules of the Equinology course curriculum and to work on her established clientele of horses and dogs. She is currently based in Petaluma, California. In addition to clinical consultations, she is the Course Development Liaison Manager for Equinology, Inc., in charge of national and international expansion of the Equinology course curriculum. In her spare time she produces her own horses for dressage and showjumping competitions, and she holds Brazilian state and national amateur championship titles.
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.