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Internationally recognised professional certification
Sports massage & soft tissue mobilisation
Focal point techniques
Stretches, ROM & positioning exercises
Audio & visual 'massage routine' tools
Course Workbook, Handouts & Materials
Supportive class environment
100 + hrs of class time + 120 hr externship
Morning & Afternoon Tea
Trimmers & farriers
Equine health care professionals
If you are serious about working professionally, then this is the course for you. Spend 9 intensive days onsite (1 of those is dedicated to independent study) and then complete a 120 hr externship in the field over 6 months with our support. We urge you to compare programs before taking this enormous step in the direction of your future profession. 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 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.
The course is specifically designed for those students wishing to pursue a career in this field, but is also regularly attended by veterinarians, physical therapists, human massage therapists, equine massage therapists, trainers, barn managers, and chiropractors who would like to enhance their skills. The course is taught in such a comprehensive logical layered format, that those with little or no complementary equine care and science background will find themselves up to speed with the other professional participants.
The course emphasises proper and safe techniques; again all anatomically referenced. It covers assessment of the entire horse including conformation, gait assessment and introduces saddle fit and dentistry. The program stresses ethics and underlines marketing as well as documentation to accentuate working within the professional equine care industry. The class is presented with loads of hands-on, specimens, illustrations, horses and of course the anatomical “Pattillo Painted Pony”.
All of the following topics are included in this class:
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
Conformation and gait analysis
Exercising the horse after a session
Introduction to dental issues
Introduction to saddle fitting issues
Session assessment & observation forms included for business use
You must have knowledge of directional terms, veterinary vocabulary and anatomy. You need to register well in advance for the EQ50: Equine Anatomy Precourse Distance Study 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.
We expect students to spend 100 hours reviewing the pre-course study guide before attending the course (completion not required). By the time you attend this course you should be very familiar and comfortable with the terminology and skeletal system. 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.