EQ50: Equine Anatomy Precourse Distance Study

Please register for the Equine Anatomy Course. Your course documents will be available via download immediately upon receipt of your enrollment and fees. Download links are active for 14 days
If you want to learn more about the musculoskeletal system, this course is the perfect choice. This fully online module is divided into sections followed by learning exercises and quizzes. The first part covers the equine musculoskeletal system and terminology, vocabulary, palpation of surface anatomy and muscle location. Videos on palpating the Surface Anatomy are included within the sections. The downloadable 200-page manual contains more relevant material than most onsite courses that you will attend! (Well…not our onsite equine qualification bodywork courses; that course text is over 700 pages and the workbook another 150 pages!)

Who should take this course? Horse owners, trainers, caregivers, farriers, bodyworkers, saddle fitters, breeders, veterinarian technicians and assistants, barn managers, physical therapists and anyone in the health care industry who would like to expand their current knowledge. This course is also the required precourse anatomy distance study course used for our signature Equinology® Equine Body Worker (EEBW) Certification courses and is also the Module One: Precourse Equine Anatomy Study and Review for the Academy of Animal Sports Science’s Animal Sports Therapy Rehabilitation Certification for licensed professionals and the EBER: Evidence Based Equine Rehabilitation Online Lecture Series for the general public. This is such a highly respected course that it is used for other school programs requiring precourse anatomy study before the student attends the onsite course. You will find it beneficial for any bodywork approach, biomechanics, lameness, saddle fit, farrier or trimming or stretching course or workshop you plan to attend now or in the future. Get your head start now.

Lay down the bones and learn those layers of muscles 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. If you are serious about continuing on to learn bodywork as a professional, you need the lingo if you want to play with the big kids.

An app is available to help you learn: Equine Anatomy Learning Aid for iPhones, Android, Macs and PCs for $15.99-17.99USD: www.equiinkpublications.com

If you want a closer look at our Equinology® Equine Body Worker (EEBW) Certification, the EEBW course number is EQ100 on this site.

If you are going to attend one of our onsite courses, signing up for this course now allows you the luxury of studying well ahead of time or if you are looking for a review. With the expanded EQ50 course, we have determined it takes around 100 hours to complete.

After completing the course the student 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 horse’s skeletal regions and be able to note the differences between horses as well 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 health care professional.
Course Content: Anatomy and Veterinary Terminology and Vocabulary, The Muscular System, The Skeletal System and Palpating Bony Landmarks and Surface Anatomy

Methods of Instruction and Delivery: This is a self-paced course on our Thinkific platform. Although it is designed to be completed in less than two months, we do allow the student one year from the time of registration to complete at home. The complete course manual (200 pages) can be downloaded once you log on to the course if you would like to print a copy. If you do not have access to printer, remember you can download the link onto a USB and take it to your favorite print store.

Students will need access to the internet and have a computer to use the Thinkific site. A FB group is dedicated to this course and an invitation will be sent once you register. This is where students ask questions and share resources.

There are quizzes and learning activities after each section. You do have to complete these to move forward.

When you have completed reviewing all the course content, you will request the open book final online exam. The course is good for one year from the date of registration. You must request your exam link no later that one month after your course expires. Once you open the link you will have 4 hours to complete your exam. No worries! You have 3 attempts to pass.

If you are interested in signing up for this course you can register directly above or send a check (USA only) or international money order to the Equinology office at: 610 Noah Court, Napa, CA 94558.

Please remember you do not have to finish the EQ50 in order to be able to attend the EEBW course but you must be extremely familiar with the skeletal system. Join us for one of these EEBW courses; sign up now!

The current Equinology® Equine Body Worker (EEBW) Certification Course Schedule can be found at: https://equinologyinstitute.com/product/eq100-equinology-equine-body-worker-course/

To complete EEBW certification process (EQ100) Equinology Equine Body Worker Certification Course (EEBW) students need to complete the EQ50 final exam before the EEBW certificate is released. Again, you may attend the EEBW course before you finish this EQ50 course. The EQ50 course is waived only for veterinarians with equine practices.

You must be 18 years or over to register for this course or have parental permission.*
You must be a High School Graduate or
You must have High School English equivalency reading skills**

*Those who are under 18 years of age need permission from their parents or guardians. If the student is not a high school graduate, they will need to take an “Ability to Benefit” exam which we have online at no charge. Parents you must call the office at 707.377.4313 or write equinologyoffice@gmail.com if you are registering your child under 18 years of age. Do not continue the registration process; please contact the office.

**Those who are not high school graduates or similar and are over 18 years need to take the “Ability to Benefit” exam which we offer at no charge. Please contact the office for the link.

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

   Date: Ongoing via Distance Learning
   Location: Worldwide
   Instructor: Debranne Pattillo MEEBW
  Price: NZ$160
You can register on this site directly for all New Zealand onsite courses and all worldwide online courses. External links for non-New Zealand onsite courses will take you to the appropriate website to continue your registration.

Registering via the Website:
You can click on the course number and scroll down to the bottom of the link to register for the particular New Zealand location and dates. The USA west coast office currently registers all online courses directly no matter where you live. Follow the “register now” link which will take you to the secure shopping cart. Here you can pay with a major credit card or Pay Pal. We do not accept wire transfers due to the processing fee.

Registering via Phone:
Please call the office during business hours 10 am-1 pm Pacific Time: 707.377.4313. You have the option to pay via credit card, Pay Pal or can arrange to send in a check.

Registering via Mail:
You can send your payment (checks, money orders or credit card numbers including the expiration date, CCV and billing zip code) to Equinology, Inc., 610 Noah Ct, Napa, CA 94558. Credit card registrations are also accepted over the phone.
Students are not registered until the non-refundable/non-transferable $500 deposit is received for the course. The $500 deposit is credited towards your course tuition. Courses $500 or less are paid in full at the time of registration. Please take note that all tuition balances are due 60 days prior to the beginning of the course.

To be eligible for our courses, a student must possess these skill sets:
High School English equivalency reading skills*
High School Graduate** or over 18 years of age
Clearly understand the English Language***

* Those who are not high school graduates need to take an “Ability to Benefit” (ATB) test. We now have our own approved alternative ATB exam specific to equine or canine. Please contact the office at equinologyoffice@gmail.com for the link, password and state whether this is for a horse or dog course. The exam is at no charge and you have 3 attempts to pass.
** Those who are under 18 years of age need permission from their parents or guardians. If the student is not a high school graduate, they will need to take and document the Ability to Benefit Test as described above with a minimum score demonstrating that they have the ability to benefit from Equinology’s instruction.
*** Equinology Inc. does not offer English as a Second Language instruction. It does not offer English language services of any kind.

If you have any questions, please call!


The deadline to enroll for onsite courses offered by Equinology, Inc® is eight weeks prior to the first day of class. Tuitions which are $500 and over will require a registration fee of $500 to enroll and these are nonrefundable and nontransferable. This $500 registration fee is credited to the total tuition of the particular course. There is no registration fee for the few courses that cost less than $500. Those courses which are less than $500 will require payment in full upon registration.

Any student that notifies Equinology, Inc. to cancel a course must do so in writing and has the right to registration and obtain a refund of charges paid towards the tuition prior to 60 days of the course commencement less the $500 non-refundable registration fee. Refunds must be requested in writing to Equinology, Inc., attention Mr. Paul Hougard, COO/CFO, at 610 Noah Court, Napa, CA 94558 or the Equinology email at equinologyoffice@gmail.com.

Confirmation letters as well as the course outline, things to bring, required study before the course (if applicable), directions and lodging will be sent when the deposit has been paid. The balance of the tuition is collected eight weeks prior to the start of the course date.

Our instructor’s contract policy allows us sixty (60) days cancellation after which we are locked into our agreement. If you are unable to attend this course you may sell your spot to another individual providing that person has met the course prerequisites. Please notify the office for the data correction.

Our refund policies are stated on the factsheet, confirmation letters and on the website. As a reminder, registration fees which are used as deposits for courses are nonrefundable and nontransferable . In the event that Equinology cancels a course due to low enrollment we will refund your registration fee and any monies paid towards the remainder of the tuition. We will not “roll” the registration fee (deposit) over to another course for you should you not be able to attend.


If a course should not run due to low enrollment or other circumstances, Equinology will notify the students 28 days prior to the course commencement and return all tuitions collected including the deposit. Although students may wish to make travel arrangement before this time, Equinology cannot be held responsible for travel arrangements made before the 28 days. Equinology also cannot be responsible for student travel expenses should the class need to be canceled due natural disasters, or sociopolitical conflicts or an instructor emergency (death or severe illness or injury of self or immediate family member). In the case of instructor emergency, we will substitute an appropriate instructor if available before canceling the course. We suggest you purchase travel insurance for travel arrangements in case of one of these rare incidents.

Please note:

  • You cannot be confirmed on a class list until the registration fee (deposit) is received and the appropriate documentation has been returned (enrollment form etc)
  • You will not remain on the classlist and will forfeit your deposit if you do not pay the balance of your tuition by the designated date. We will attempt to contact you at least three times via email, text and phone.
  • Please prepare yourself for the course if precourse study is required
  • If a course has required texts, you should purchase these prior to the course
  • Please read the list of things to bring
  • In accordance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act: We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin
  • If you have any questions, please call us, that’s what we are here for!
  • Equinology reserves the right to cancel workshops due to circumstances beyond our control, including but not limited to, low enrollment, at which time all fees (including the registration fee/deposit) collected for the purpose of enrollment will be refunded.

Please note:

  • Equinology cannot be responsible for any losses incurred by registrants resulting from canceled or postponed workshops
  • Equinology recommends that registrants secure travel insurance
  • Registration fees (deposits) are non-refundable and non-transferable; no exceptions
  • Tuition is due 60 days prior to course commencement
  • A $25 fee is charged for any returned checks
  • Any students with outstanding accounts are not allowed to register for any Equinology or Caninology course worldwide until their debt has been addressed and paid.

For distance educational courses where the instruction is not offered in real-time, Equinology must transmit the first lesson and any materials to any student within seven days after Equinology accepts the student for admission. The student has the right to cancel the agreement and receive a full refund before the first lesson and materials are received. Cancellation is effective on the date written notice of cancellation is sent (see above contact information). If Equinology has sent the first lesson then the student is not eligible for a refund; Equinology shall not be obligated to pay any refund after the lessons and material are transmitted.