EQ1100: Equine Myofascial Release Techniques Level I

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For full list of dates and locations, view the Calendar below.

Please note: If you are taking the course for personalize interest, you can sign up for the tuition fee without the externship. We cannot add it in later.

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Author and instructor Ruth Mitchell-Golladay, PT leads this five-day course. All of us in the industry recognize Ruth as the “queen” of MFR! She has been featured many times in print, she is invited by physical therapy groups as well as veterinary groups to present workshops and she has been an invited guest on several talk shows.

Those already certified in Equine Sports Massage and other modalities will find that this dynamic approach fits in well with their work, adding a new dimension to it. Ruth will also do an MFR session on you so you can feel the touch of a professional. This experience will immediately carry over to the next you administer. You’ll discover wonderful results when you integrate these techniques into your existing sessions. Read the testimonials from former participants:

“Learning myofascial release work has taken me to the next level in my equine bodywork practice. Myofascial release has enhanced my intuition or energy with a horse and I feel like it really plays into the wellness part of my goal as an equine bodyworker and wellness educator.  My connection with horses has always been there but learning and practicing myofascial release work has helped me become more grounded and learn more about myself. I now feel an even greater connection, almost instant, when I’m with a horse. I have used MFR to ‘get thru’ to the horse that was not accepting of bodywork. The horse that was guarded, some that acted like they would take a swing at me, before they would let me touch them, have changed and now look forward to seeing me.

I incorporate Myofascial release with my Equinology bodywork and visa versa, which makes it such a great tool to have, I especially love the cranial work of myofascial release.

It has become an amazing tool and asset for me as an Equinology Equine Body Worker.” Denise S.

“I found I feel more with the two open hands on vs actual muscle work. I jump back and forth within a session. I’ve also since learned a governor hold and following bladder meridian which has profound effects on some.” Margaret C.

“It’s amazing! It’s hard to put it into words. I would take both 1 and 2. You feel the muscle movements more and the energy from the horse. You can feel the electricity between the two of you.” Stefanie B.

“It was a huge learning experience for me! I have found MFR incredibly effective – it opens up a whole new world! Love it!” Kathleen B.

“I have found MFR to be a great tool to start out on extremely sensitive or suspicious horses that may be in a lot of discomfort and really don’t want to be touched. After a couple of areas of MFR they are typically ready for regular massage moves and bodywork. I have only taken the first course of MFR but the second class is on my list of courses to take.” Vicke M.

“I think that MFR opened so many doors for me. Gave me so many new tools and my work became much more effective. Being able to connect with the more sensitive horses and those who have been holding and hiding pain for extended period of time is probably the most important. MFR can allow you to slowly gain permission and access from the horses to areas they have held and blocked for years. It definitely improved my ability to read the horse and make improvements in their comfort and wellbeing.” Katy P.


Are you just beginning your studies in the equine healthcare industry? This is not a problem, you will find this an easy approach for understanding and apply the modality. Lots of hands-on! You will want to sign up for the EQ50: Equine Anatomy Distance Study Course well before the start of the course.

The instructor is constantly allowing this course to evolve with her ever-increasing knowledge. Like many of our instructors, she too continues her education and enhances her practices by attending conferences, events, courses, and workshops.

Participants are trained in the theory, concepts, and practice of Myofascial Release (MFR) as it pertains to the equine population. MFR restores the length and elasticity of the fascia creating long-term benefits.

Following the course, students will immediately be able to produce positive structural changes, whether the problem is an acute or long-standing dysfunction, with this full body approach.

Course Outline


  • myofascial/osseous and related structures
  • anatomy
  • biomechanics
  • conformation and definition of common equine injuries
  • handling and safety

Myofascial Release Techniques

  • physical evaluations
  • gait analysis
  • lower extremities
  • lumbar/pelvic region
  • anterior & posterior thoracic region
  • cervical spine
  • atlas and axis

Additional Practicals

  • myofascial osseous release
  • myofascial stretching
  • therapeutic exercise

Text and Materials Required:

Facilitated Healing Through Myofascial Release: Putting the Pieces Together for Horse and Rider: by Ruth Mitchell-Golladay $60 (available onsite at course on the first day of class if you do not already have it).

Course Handouts: Free

Externship Grading (Case Studies and Visual Presentation): Free

Suggested Reading:

Any good anatomy book

The Horse in Motion: The Anatomy and Physiology of Equine Locomotion by Pilliner, Elmhurst, and Davies

This course is open to everyone who has a good knowledge of veterinary vocabulary, anatomy and horse handling skills. (Good equine bodywork courses which focus on anatomy (at least 250 hours) or an anatomy course no less than 200 hours will usually cover enough to prepare participants). Participants of the Equine Body Worker ® Certification course will be well prepared for the course even if their externship has not been completed.

Students new to the field are welcome to participate as long as they have good horse handling skills but they must register for the EQ50: Precourse Distance Equine Anatomy Course. Please register for the precourse study early to give yourself plenty of time to go through the material. You can find registration details by going to https://equinologyinstitute.com/product/eq50-equine-anatomy-precourse-distance-study/

Date Nov 11 - 15, 2024Venue Golden Gate EquestrianLocation Orlando, FL, United States Organizer Ruth Mitchell-Golladay, PT, CMT, EEBWPrice $1595

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Date Dec 9 - 13, 2024Venue Riding for DevelopmentLocation Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand Organizer Ruth Mitchell-Golladay, PT, CMT, EEBWPrice NZ$2650

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Date Feb 6 - 10, 2025Venue Dibden Equestrian ParkLocation Oakbank, South Australia, Australia Organizer Ruth Mitchell-Golladay, PT, CMT, EEBWPrice AU$2450

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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 $300 deposit is received for the course. The $300 deposit is credited towards your course tuition. Courses $300 or less are paid in full at the time of registration. Please take note that all tuition balances are due 30 days prior to the beginning of the USA course. If the instructor is international, then the course balances are due 60 days prior to the start 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.

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The deadline to enroll for onsite courses offered by Equinology, Inc® is four weeks prior to the first day of class. If the instructor is internationally located, the deadline is eight weeks. Tuitions which are $300 and over will require a registration fee of $300 to enroll and these are nonrefundable and nontransferable. This $300 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 $300. Those courses which are less than $300 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 30 days of the course commencement less the $300 non-refundable registration fee or 60 days from the course commencement if the instructor is internationally located. 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 four weeks prior to the start of the course date. Again, if this is an international instructor the tuition is collected eight weeks prior to the start of the course.

Our instructor’s contract policy allows us thirty (30) days cancellation (sixty (60) for international instructors) 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 30 days prior to course commencement (sixty (60) days for international instructors)
  • 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.