EQ100: Equinology Equine Body Worker Certification Course

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Just to let you know, due to current operating cost increases, we will be charging $2795 for the EQ100 beginning November 1, 2023. If you would like to save $500, sign up now for the course date of your choice with the required $300 deposit which is used towards the tuition balance. We will honor the current price when your balance comes due 30 days before the commencement of the course.


The Equinology® Approach was developed by Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW, founder of Equinology Inc. She has used this approach successfully for her own client base for over 25 years and has shared it with thousands of students, many of them already equine professionals, all over the world. 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. Reflecting Debranne’s passion for academic precision with regard to equine musculoskeletal anatomy, the Equinology® Approach stands out because it is comprehensively anatomically referenced. The Equinology® Approach continues to evolve from Debranne’s extensive experience and ongoing learning from her colleagues and mentors — both human and equine.

The course emphasizes proper and safe techniques; again all anatomically referenced. It covers assessment of the entire horse including conformation and gait assessment and introduces saddle fit and dentistry. The class is presented with loads of hands-on, specimens, illustrations, horses and of course the “Pattillo Painted Pony”(The Triple P).

There is more to sessions with horses 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.

The course is regularly attended by veterinarians, physical therapists, human massage therapists, equine massage therapists, trainers, barn managers, and chiropractors who would like to enhance their skills. The course is taught in such a comprehensive, logical layered format, that those with little or no complementary equine care and science background will find themselves up to speed with the other professional participants.

This 9-day 100+ hour course (actual course contact hours and independent evening and off day assigned study) is over 320+hours with the required precourse study (EQ50) and the 120 hour externship completed following the onsite course.

Course Outline:

  • Application of a full session as well as targeting specific areas
  • Additional specialized Equinology 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
  • Injury
  • Exercising the horse after a session
  • Marketing
  • Introduction to dental issues
  • Introduction to saddle fitting issues
  • Session assessment & observation forms included for business use

Students attend class daily 8:00-5:30pm and have added 2 hours of evening studies. Day five of the class is spent out of class for independent and guided home study. The one-half hour is allowed for lunch. It is an intense course.

Text and Materials Required for Course:
Required Course Text: Anatomy of Equine Bodywork: The Equinology Approach: by Debranne Pattillo
Special Participant price; US$119 + tax (available onsite) or online (we will give you the promo code).

Course Workbook: Free

Course Handouts: Free

Course Audio: Free

Link to Routine Visual Presentation: Free

Narrated Lectures for Personal Use: Free

Required Reading: EQ50: Equine Anatomy Precourse Distance Study:  Get it here

Strongly Suggested Additional Text or Learning Aids:

Any Good Additional Anatomy Text or App (we suggest):
Color Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy: The Horse Volume 2 by Ashdown & Done or
Clinical Anatomy of the Horse by Drs. Clayton and Flood or
Anatomy of the Horse by Drs. Budras and Rock
Equine Anatomy Learning Aid (EALA): android version is available from the Google Play store here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.equiinkpublications.equine
The iphone version is available from the App Store here: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/equine-anatomy-learning-aid/id1489633019

Any Good Equine Health Care Book (we suggest):
The Comprehensive Guide to Equine Veterinary Medicine by Dr. Barb Crabbe

Any Good Lameness Book (we suggest):
Manual of Equine Lameness by Dr. Gary Baxter or
Equine Lameness for the Layman by Dr. Robert Grisel
Diagnosis and Management of Lameness in the Horse by Drs. Ross and Dyson

Any Good Veterinary Dictionary (we suggest):
Veterinary Medical Terminology by Romich available through Cengage
Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary

Further Favorite Reading for Future Information:
Biomechanics and Physical Training of the Horse by Dr. Denoix
Your Horse’s Well Being by Linda Tellington- Jones
The Horse in Motion: The Anatomy and Physiology of Equine Locomotion by Pilliner, Elmhurst, and Davies
Cavaletti by Klimke
Equine Exercise Physiology by Dr. David Marlin
The Dynamic Horse by Dr. Hilary Clayton
The Horse in Motion: The Anatomy and Physiology of Equine Locomotion by Pilliner, Elmhurst, and Davies
Activate Your Horse’s Core by Drs. Clayton and Stubbs
Animal Physiotherapy by McGown, Goff, and Stubbs
Care and Rehabilitation of the Equine Foot by Pete Ramey
Anatomy for Artists by Goldfinger

You must have knowledge of directional terms, veterinary vocabulary, and anatomy. You need to register well in advance for the EQ50: Equine Anatomy Precourse Distance Study found here. The fee is $95USD. You can register for this course at any time even if you are not attending this course. Licensed equine veterinarians have the option to waive this EQ50 prerequisite and the final exam.

We expect students to spend 100 hours reviewing the precourse study guide before attending the course. While it is not necessary to complete the entire EQ50 course by the time you attend this course you should be very familiar and comfortable with the terminology and skeletal system

Participants must have good horse ground handling skills and be thoroughly comfortable working with horses before attending this course. You must be confident and secure picking up horses’ legs and must be comfortable leading all types of horse personalities and dispositions. If not, we suggest you spend some time taking horsemanship lessons prior to enrollment. This is not a “pet-a-pony” course.

You must be a High School Graduate or be over 18 years of age. 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 our free “Ability to Benefit” online exam. Parents registering students under the age of 18 or those requesting the ATB exam must call the office at 707.377.4313.

Date Oct 1 - 9, 2023Venue Keep Stables at Chapel View FarmLocation Woodbine, MD, United States Organizer Debranne Pattillo, MEEBWPrice $2495

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Date Oct 15 - 23, 2023Venue Kestrel Ridge FarmsLocation Calgaray, Alberta, Canada Organizer Debranne Pattillo, MEEBWPrice $3495

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Date Jan 8 - 16, 2024Venue Riding for DevelopmentLocation Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand Organizer Dr. Raquel ButlerPrice NZ$3700

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Date Feb 12 - 20, 2024Venue Koolabah Performance HorsesLocation Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia Organizer Dr. Raquel ButlerPrice AU$3550

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Date Mar 18 - 26, 2024Venue Dibden Equestrian ParkLocation Oakbank, South Australia, Australia Organizer Dr. Raquel ButlerPrice AU$3550

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Date Apr 11 - 14, 2024Venue A.S.E.D La FeniceLocation 37036 San Martino Buon Albergo, Verona, Italy Organizer Dr. Mila Speciani DVM, EEBW, CCBW, GPcert WVA&CPM, Diplomate of the European School of Homeopathy, Homotoxicology and Integrated MedicinePrice €3000

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Date Apr 19 - 27, 2024Venue Lowe Equestrian CentreLocation Dobris, Czech Republic Organizer Debranne Pattillo, MEEBWPrice £1995

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Date May 9 - 12, 2024Venue A.S.E.D La FeniceLocation 37036 San Martino Buon Albergo, Verona, Italy Organizer Dr. Mila Speciani DVM, EEBW, CCBW, GPcert WVA&CPM, Diplomate of the European School of Homeopathy, Homotoxicology and Integrated MedicinePrice €3000

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Date Jun 19 - 27, 2024Venue Animals in MotionLocation Penngrove, CA, United States Organizer Debranne Pattillo, MEEBWPrice $2295

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Date Aug 13 - 21, 2024Venue Writtle CollegeLocation Essex, United Kingdom Organizer Debranne Pattillo, MEEBWPrice £1995

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Date Sep 16 - 24, 2024Venue Ellanjay Equestrian CentreLocation Cookernup, Western Australia, Australia Organizer Dr. Raquel ButlerPrice AU$3550

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Date Oct 29 - Nov 6, 2024Venue Animals in MotionLocation Penngrove, CA, United States Organizer Debranne Pattillo, MEEBWPrice $2295

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You can register on this site directly for all Australia onsite courses and all worldwide online courses. External links for non-Australia 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 Australia 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 without 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.