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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, 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 also the required precourse anatomy distance study course used for our 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.  There is a time limit of 2 months 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 from either Wonderlic or Accuplacer with a minimum score demonstrating that they have the ability to benefit from Equinology’s instruction.   Proof of this must be supplied.

*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 172 page course manual is sent via a hyperlink from High Tail to download directly to your computer to save or print (a hard copy is available for an additional cost if you prefer).

Computer Requirements:
A computer and internet access is required for students to download the text and documents delivered via High Tail as well as view suggested links and videos. 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.


Registration for this course is done through the main Equinology Institute website and can be accessed here.