Date: May 2-6, 2024

Cost: R20,000

Duration: 5 days

Those already certified in equine sports massage or other complementary therapies will find that this dynamic modality fits in well with their work, adding a new dimension to it. Practitioners discover wonderful results when integrating these techniques into an existing routine.

Others who are just starting out will find this an easy approach for understanding and applying the modality. Lots of hands-on sessions! Ruth is constantly allowing this course to evolve with her ever-increasing knowledge. Like many of our instructors, she too continues her education to enhance her skills by attending conferences, events, courses and workshops.

This course is part of the Equinology® Extension Certification Modules and is required for the Equinology® Equine Body Worker Myofascial Release Certification. The EQ1110 Equine Myofascial Release Level Two is also required in addition to the Equinology® Equine Body Worker certification to attain this MFR certification. However, students of all levels are invited to take this course as long as they meet the prerequisites listed above.

For the certification outline, please click here: Equinology

We are privileged that this course will be presented by Ruth Mitchell-Golladay, owner of the Equine Therapeutic Center in Virginia.

Course duration: Students attend class daily from 8am to 5pm and have additional 3 hours of evening studies. There is an hour break for lunch. This is an intense course; please plan to attend for all five days.

In this five-day course, Ruth will lead participants through the theory, concepts and application of equine MFR. MFR restores the length and elasticity of the fascia creating long term benefits.

Following the course, students will immediately be able to produce positive structural changes, whether the problem be an acute or long standing dysfunction, with this full body approach.

Theory
  • myofascial/osseous and related structures
  • anatomy
  • biomechanics
  • conformation and definition of common equine injuries
  • handling and safety

Myofascial Release Techniques

  • physical evaluations
  • gait analysis
  • lower extremities
  • lumbar/pelvic region
  • anterior & posterior thoracic region
  • cervical spine
  • atlas and axis

Additional Practicals

  • myofascial osseous release
  • myofascial stretching
  • therapeutic exercise
Prerequisite: Knowledge of veterinary vocabulary and some anatomy suggested but not required. This class is suitable for those just beginning their studies. However, horse handling skills and a thorough understanding of equine safety a must!

For those just beginning this type of study, you may find it helpful to review equine anatomy although this is not required.

Equinology offers a pre-course equine anatomy study guide which is available as an online course. You can find those details by going to: https://equinologyinstitute.com/product/eq50

Although not a formal prerequisite: We recommend participants be comfortable handling and working around horses or dogs as appropriate, can pick up the limbs and are aware of the safety of yourself, those around you and the animal you are working with.

Required Text:
‘Facilitated Healing Through Myofascial Release: Putting the Pieces Together for Horse and Rider’ by Ruth Mitchell Golladay This book is provided to you during Equine MFR Level I course – you do not need to purchase in advance.

Suggested Reading:
Any Good Additional Anatomy Text (we suggest) : The Horse Anatomy Workbook by Maggie Raynor (our Favourite and usually available online in South Africa) or 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.

RUTH MITCHELL-GOLLADAY

PT, EEBW, CMT
As a physical therapist, massage therapist, Equinology Equine Body Worker, and lifetime animal lover, Ruth Mitchell-Golladay is able to combine knowledge and experience with love to care for animal populations. Ruth, a Texan, received her graduate degree in physical therapy from The University of Iowa in 1972 and opened a private practice in Dallas in 1978. She then attended The Institute of Natural Healing Sciences in Colleyville, Texas, in 1991, for her massage therapy training. She is Nationally Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Body Work and state licensed. Additionally, she obtained her Equinology Equine Body Worker certification in 2004. Ruth began her Myofascial Release education in 1987, has taken all John Barnes MFR courses (including equine), and was a Senior Instructor/Coordinator, Co-lecturer and Primary Lecturer for John Barnes, teaching over 130 courses for him from 1988-2002. From 1999 until her resignation in June 2001, she was the Primary Lecturer for the Barnes Equine MFR courses. In 1990, Ruth opened Equine Therapeutic Center, Inc. which is now based at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia from May through October and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas from November through April. In both locations Ruth provides therapy for horse and rider. She uses her biomechanical knowledge to assist in determining a problem with the horse (or human) and then primarily utilizes Myofascial Release to decrease the symptoms and/or dysfunction. In addition, she uses laser, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, Red Light Acupoint Therapy, essential oils and specialized taping techniques. To assist owner, trainer and/or rider in a home program of care she also includes exercises, including stabilization and core exercises for the horse and rider.
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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