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EQ800: Foundations of Equine Acupressure – Level 1

Date: October 13th-16th, 2023 Woodbine, Maryland
Cost: $1295
Duration: 4 days onsite (plus pre-course distance study)


Participants in this foundation course are trained in the theory, concepts and practice of acupressure and Shiatsu massage as it pertains to the equine body. You will learn more than just how to press points to address symptoms; you will gain insight into health, behavior and performance of the horse through the lens of Classical Chinese Medicine. You will also gain an understanding of how to design a customized wellness program for your equine clients using the Five Element theory.

The subject matter for this course is presented in a variety of mediums.  The Pre-Course Distance Study is self-paced and is presented via videos, course manuals and point location diagrams. The live Pre-Course Online Meetings will take place over one weekend (recorded for those unable to attend live) and are designed to expand on the concepts learned during the Distance Study. The classroom lectures (incorporating visual presentations, illustrations, videos, bones and specimens) will prepare the student for the hands-on practical labs.  The practical exercises will be done in pairs on the horse, directly following the lectures in order to incorporate the techniques discussed.   After the course, participants will have a final live online meeting to discuss casework and implementation of the Five Elements protocol.

The onsite portion of this course runs from 9:00am-5:00pm daily with 30 minutes for lunch and 2.5 hours of evening studies. 


Pre-Course Distance Study: (14) Hours of Online Course Learning and (6) Hours of Online Instruction

  • Introduction to Equine Acupressure Theory and Practice
  • Introduction to Equine Five Element Theory and Practice
  • Introduction to Five Element Point Locations in the Horse

Onsite – Day One: Shiatsu Massage for Horses

  • Basic Shiatsu Principles
  • Hands-on Techniques
  • Full Body Sequences
  • Shiatsu Guidelines

Onsite – Day Two: Acupressure Theory and Techniques

  • Hands-on Acupressure Techniques
  • Location of 10 Acupoints
  • Working with Qi energy

Onsite – Day 3: Five Element Theory of Classical Chinese Medicine

  • Introduction to Five Element Theory
  • The Five Element Profiles in Horses
  • Customized Approach for Each Element
  • Location of 32 Acupoints

Onsite – Day 4: The Five Element Acupressure Session

  • The Five Element Assessment Protocol for Horses
  • The Five Element Session and Client Follow-up Protocol

Post-Course Externship and Study

  • Online Meeting (Live) to Discuss Casework and Implementation of 5E Protocol
  • Online Group Support for Theory and Casework
  • Casework Review


This course is open to anyone with a working knowledge of veterinary anatomy, terminology and horse handling skills. It is designed for those who want to work professionally in the equine health industry, and is often attended by those already in the equine healthcare field who wish to add acupressure into their existing practices, as well as those just beginning to enter the business of equine healthcare.

Horse handling skills and a thorough understanding of equine safety is a must.  If equine anatomy and veterinary terminology are new to you, it is strongly suggested that you register for the EQ50: Equine Anatomy Distance Study. While it is not required to complete the EQ50 before attending this course, you should be familiar with the vocabulary and skeletal system.  If you have taken the EEBW certification course, you will be well prepared for this course.

Required Materials

Required Materials (included in course tuition):
Pre-Course Distance Study Materials (self-paced)
Pre-Course Live Online Meetings (recorded for those unable to attend live)
Course Workbook
Course Handouts
Post-Course Live Online Meeting

Externship (included in tuition):
Externship Grading


Susan Tenney, CMT, EEBW

Susan Tenney works internationally as a teacher, writer and practitioner of Shiatsu and Five Element Acupressure for animals. She received her human massage certification from the Shiatsu Institute of San Francisco in 1994. She followed up her human shiatsu training with the study of animal massage and acupressure, Classical Oriental medical theory and animal anatomy. In her work in the past three decades, Susan has blended massage, acupressure, stretching, movement exercises, and lifestyle modifications to improve health and performance for horses and small animals. She has also worked passionately in the realm of educating animal lovers how they can perform safe and simple bodywork on their own animals.

As a journalist, Susan wrote “Acupressure in Action,” a regular column for the award-winning “Whole Horse Journal” from 1996 to 1998. In North America her writing has been featured in numerous publications including Equine Wellness, Natural Horse, and Holistic Horse magazines. In Europe her work and her writing has also been featured widely including publication in the German language magazines Pegasus, Kavallo and the German edition of the Tteam magazine and several French publications. Her writing and teaching have grown to include an active social media presence where her popular Point Of the Week (P.O.W.!) posts on Facebook and Instagram are referred to and shared regularly by animal lovers and professionals alike.
In 2002 Susan completed her book Practical Acupressure, Basic Acupressure for Horses. The German edition of this book was published in hardcover by Rio Verlag in 2010.Through her website she also offers a growing line of laminated charts on acupressure and Shiatsu for dogs and horses.

An enthusiastic teacher and lecturer, Susan has offered lively clinics for animal owners and professionals in Europe, Canada, and the U.S since 1995. She expanded her offerings to include online learning in 2011. Her students now number in the thousands and students have come from over 25 countries. Her friendly, engaging, and encouraging teaching style has inspired many students to work successfully as professionals in the field of animal bodywork.


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.

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