Date: Ongoing via Distance Learning

Cost: US$95

Duration: Approx 100 hours

If you want to learn more about the musculoskeletal system, this course is the perfect choice. The 176-page manual contains more relevant material than most onsite courses that you will attend! (Well…not our onsite equine qualification bodywork courses; that course text is over 700 pages and the workbook another 150 pages!)

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Who should take this course? Horse owners, trainers, caregivers, farriers, bodyworkers, saddle fitters, breeders, veterinarian technicians and assistants, barn managers, physical therapists and anyone in the health care industry who would like to expand their current knowledge. This course is also the required precourse anatomy distance study course used for our signature Equinology® Equine Body Worker (EEBW) Certification courses and is also the Module One: Precourse Equine Anatomy Study and Review for the Academy of Animal Sports Science’s Animal Sports Therapy Rehabilitation Certification for licensed professionals and the EBER: Evidence Based Equine Rehabilitation Online Lecture Series for the general public. This is such a highly respected course that it is used for other school programs requiring precourse anatomy study before the student attends the onsite course. You will find it beneficial for any bodywork approach, biomechanics, lameness, saddle fit, farrier or trimming or stretching course or workshop you plan to attend now or in the future. Get your head start now.

Lay down the bones and learn those layers of muscles as well as veterinary anatomy! Understand what it means if someone says they are flexing or extending a joint or if they are abducting a limb. If you are serious about continuing on to learn bodywork as a professional, you need the lingo if you want to play with the big kids.

An app is available to help you learn: Equine Anatomy Learning Aid for iPhones and Android for $15.99USD:

If you are wanting a closer look at our Equinology® Equine Body Worker (EEBW) Certification, the EEBW course numbers are EQ100 and EQ101. These are all the same course content but differ in amount of days attending and hours per day; you only need to attend one.

If you are going to attend one of our onsite courses, signing up for this course now allows you the luxury of studying well ahead of time or if you are looking for a review. With the expanded EQ50 course, we have determined it takes around 100 hours to complete.

After completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Identify the skeletal system and locate the regions of the skeleton on horses
  • Understand the veterinary terminology, vocabulary and directional terms, enabling the student to communicate with others in the field and continue with self-learning exercises
  • Apply palpation skills for the equine surface anatomy and compare them among horses
  • Distinguish and label the four layers of common muscles of the horse to assist future learning
  • Compare the skeletal regions and be able to note the differences between horses as well as note the asymmetries of the individual horse
  • Understand the terms related to movement of the horse
  • Evaluate the musculoskeletal symmetry of the horse to determine if there are differences which need to be addressed by a healthcare professional
  • Participants must be at least 18 years old to register for this course, and must be a high school graduate or have high school equivalency reading skills. Those who are not high school graduates need to take and document the passing of an “Ability to Benefit” test, which is offered at no charge.
    Required Text:
    The complete 176-page course manual is included in your tuition and sent via WeTransfer to download directly to your computer to save or print.

    Additional Requirements:
    A computer and internet access is required for students to download the text and documents delivered via WeTransfer as well as view suggested links and videos. There are Additional Learning Activities within the manual which are required components of the course, not optional. While a Facebook account is not required, students have the opportunity to access the same documents on the Facebook group established specifically for this course.

    This is a self-guided online course – no instructor is assigned.