EQ100: Equinology® Equine Body Worker Certification
If you are serious about working professionally in equine bodywork, then you need to learn from the best. We urge you to compare programs before taking this enormous step in the direction of your future career – we don’t know of a better course to prepare you for this field. With the required pre-course study, onsite class time, post-course fieldwork and associated externship, this EQ100 course provides you with 320+ hours of education.
The Equinology® Approach was developed by Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW, founder of Equinology. This unique hands-on system addresses the whole body, implementing specific manual palpation methods to assess soft tissue and symmetry of muscle and structure, and utilizing detailed static and dynamic evaluation to inform the practitioner. Different bodywork techniques —including sports massage, soft tissue mobilization, 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.
This course emphasizes proper and safe techniques, assessment of the entire horse (including conformation and gait assessment), and introduces saddle fit and dentistry. The program stresses ethics and underlines marketing as well as proper documentation to accentuate working within the professional equine care industry. The class is presented with loads of hands-on practice time, specimens, illustrations and multimedia presentations.
There is more to bodywork sessions than just a recipe “routine.” You need to look at the whole animal, understand what you are seeing and utilize the skills you’ve been taught.
This course is not for everyone. It is for the serious students, those who strive to be leaders in their profession. We want students who wish to be part of the team caring for horses. We want them to be able to communicate effectively with the other team members. To do so, you have to know anatomy, understand the movement, recognize what is normal for a horse and be very aware of contraindications to bodywork.
While this course is specifically designed for students wishing to pursue a career in equine bodywork, it 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.
- Application of a full session as well as targeting specific areas
- Additional specialized 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
- Work ethics
- Documenting sessions
- 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
Participants must have good handling skills and be thoroughly comfortable working with horses before attending this course. Students must be confident and secure picking up horses’ legs and must be comfortable leading all types of horse personalities and dispositions.
Students must first register for the EQ50 Equine Anatomy Precourse Distance Study. While the exam does not need to be completed before attending the EQ100, participants must have knowledge of directional terms, veterinary vocabulary, and anatomy. Please plan to spend at least 100 hours reviewing the EQ50 study guide before arriving onsite for the EQ100.
If you already have a thorough understanding of this material (especially those professionals already in the healthcare industry such as veterinarians) please contact the office to clear this prerequisite.
*Successful completion of the EQ50 course (including exam) is required for the EEBW certification.
Please note: USA students must first read the law pertaining to their state before being allowed to register. The state laws vary and some states only allow veterinarians or direct supervision for animal care. Laws can change at any time and the EquiLearn Institute and Equinology are not responsible or accountable for changes in laws preventing individuals from participating in certain states.
Anatomy of Equine Bodywork: The Equinology® Approach
by Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW
$99 if purchased onsite, or can be purchased here.
Externship (included in tuition):
Students need additional time to practice what they have learned in class, write cases studies and continue with extra learning activities so they can hone their skills, ask questions and improve hands-on skills before presenting themselves as a professional.
Our participants are so well prepared that we have a 98% pass rate for the externship. For this particular course, there’s an additional 120 hours of guided study once the student leaves the class (completed at home). Students complete 20 sessions on at least 5 different horses using all of the techniques taught in the class. There is also a home review portion included in the externship on muscle function, muscle identification, point location and gait assessment that is designed to enhance the material presented in the class.
Strongly Suggested Additional Text:
Color Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy: The Horse Volume 2 by Ashdown & Done
Clinical Anatomy of the Horse by Drs. Clayton and Flood
The Comprehensive Guide to Equine Veterinary Medicine by Dr. Barb Crabbe
Practical Guide to Lameness by Dr. Ted Stashak
Veterinary Medical Terminology by Romich (available through Cengage Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary)
Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW (IL, FL) & Dr. Mila Speciani (MD)
Debranne sees equine anatomy with the eyes of both a body worker and an artist. Her teaching is infused with her basic delight in both the anatomical precision that excellent bodywork requires and the dynamic variation that teaching anatomy on (mostly living, nibbling, opinionated) horses often presents. Her knack for seeing the bones and muscles with an artist’s eye and her unique way of taking the body apart – from the skin down to the bones, and putting it back together again – is a perspective that fuels her work as a bodywork practitioner and makes her a much sought-after teacher. Her “Painted Horse,” which has served as the backbone for presenting equine anatomy since Equinology started, was showcased in United Kingdom’s BBC television program “Country File” in 2001.
Since 1994, Debranne has been the lead instructor for more than 200 equine sports massage and anatomy courses to more than 2,000 course participants in the US, Canada, UK, South Africa, New Zealand and Canada. She holds the Equinology® Master Equine Body Worker Certification and is the author and facilitator of the unique Equinology® Equine Body Worker Certification Course, which is the signature course for Equinology. This course serves as the professional qualification in the BSc in Equine Sports Therapy presented by Writtle Agricultural College and University of Essex, United Kingdom.
Debranne is also the co-founder and past Chair of the United States division of the International Equine Body Worker Association (IEBWA); a leading international association that aims to support and foster equine body work practices and ethics. She is currently the Division Head of the IEBWA for USA, Australia and New Zealand.
Dr. Mila Speciani, a veterinarian and Equinology® Equine Body Worker, lives and works across Northern Italy running her freelance practice. The majority of her daily practice includes dogs and horses, and she integrates natural medicine, sports medicine, natural management and gentle horsemanship, physiotherapy, and rehabilitation in order to provide health and wellness to animal athletes and companions.
Dr. Speciani graduated with full marks in 2006 from the University of Parma – Veterinary Medicine Department thanks to a dissertation on “Ultrasonographic evaluation of the thoracolumbar spine of the horse.”
Dr. Speciani speaks four languages (Italian, English, German and Spanish) and built up her background through international experiences, including:
– Externships at Santa Lucia Farm, Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center and San Marcos Equine Practice
– Equinology Equine Bodyworker Certification in 2007
– Certified by the Holistic School on Natural Horse Management and Natural Barefoot Trimming (with Dr. Sabioni, Imola, Italy)
– Equine Physiotherapy, Preventive Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Ultrasound and PMF-Magnetic Field Therapy (with Dr. Amon, San Rossore Racetrack, Pisa, Italy)
– Equine Sport Medicine and TECAR® Therapy (with Dr. Lattanzio, Milan, Italy)
After three years of postgraduate school, Dr. Speciani graduated CUM LAUDE as Doctor Expert in Homeopathy, Homotoxicology, and Integrated Therapies. Her final graduate work – “Integration among homotoxicology, homeomesotherapy, homeosiniatry and physical therapy in Veterinary Medicine”- earned the recognition of the Internationale Gesellschaft für Homotoxikologie (Baden Baden, Germany).
In 2013, Dr. Speciani completed an Equine Kinesio Taping course of studies and is certified by the Kinesio Taping Association International (Dr. Sybille Molle). In 2014, she enriched her knowledge of Myofascial Release by attending seminars and being further mentored by Ruth Mitchell-Golladay, a leader in animal MFR. She’s now further specializing in Western Veterinary Acupuncture and Chronic Pain Management (GPcert WVA&CPM) and is now in charge of physical therapy, rehabilitation, acupuncture at pain management at the prestigious small animal vet hospital Clinica Veterinaria San Marco in Padova, Italy.
Dr. Speciani is an instructor and lecturer for world-renowned institutions, regularly teaches courses and seminars, and recently published peer-reviewed articles concerning her scientific areas of expertise.
In 2017, she co-founded VETEACHING, the teaching institution that now is the Italian Independent Licensed Company for Equinology and Caninology courses; she recently redeveloped part of the Caninology course of study by authoring and exclusively teaching the new formats of CN75, CN3010 and the certification course CN3000.
A $300 deposit is required to hold your spot in a course – the remainder of the tuition is due at least 30 days prior to the course start date. The $300 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 $300 deposit has been received. Your registration is confirmed once we receive your signed enrollment form.