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EQ50: Equine Anatomy Precourse Distance Study

Date: Ongoing (Distance Learning)
Cost: $95
Duration: Approx 100 hours


If you want to learn more about the musculoskeletal system, veterinary terminology and anatomy, this self-paced course is the perfect choice. Horse owners, trainers, riders, farriers, bodyworkers, saddle fitters, breeders, vet techs and anyone in the healthcare industry who would like to expand their current knowledge can all benefit from this course. The EQ50 is a prerequisite for many of our onsite classes, including the signature Equinology® Equine Body Worker (EEBW) certification and is often used for other school programs requiring precourse anatomy study. You will find it beneficial for any bodywork, biomechanics, lameness, saddle fit, farrier or stretching course or workshop you plan to attend now or in the future. Get your head start now!

Learn the muscle layers 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. You will receive in-depth knowledge of surface anatomy, veterinary terminology, the muscular and skeletal systems, and palpating bony landmarks.  If you are serious about a career in bodywork, this is the perfect place to start.

While this course is designed to be completed in less than two months, we allow students one year from the time of registration to complete at home. When you have finished reviewing all of the course content, you may request the open book final online exam.  Once you receive the link, you must open it within one month. Once you open the link, you have four hours to complete the exam, but no worries! You have 3 attempts to pass.

The EQ50 course offers 50 continuing education hours for members of the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (Human State Certification).


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.  Please contact to request the test.

*This course is required for the EEBW certification. While the exam does not need to be completed prior to attending the EQ100, you must be extremely familiar with the skeletal system.

Required Materials

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.


Your course documents will be available via download within 24 hours upon receipt of your registration. Documents are sent via WeTransfer to the email address on your registration form, and download links are active for 7 days.  Be sure to check your SPAM folder if you do not see the documents. You will also receive an invitation to join the Facebook group specifically created for EQ50 students.

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