EQ1100: Equine Myofascial Release Techniques Level I

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Course Dates At Different Locations
Course tuition may differ for courses other than USA.

Date: April 15th to April 19th, 2020
Location: Canada; Alberta, Calgary
Instructor: Ruth Mitchell-Golladay PT, EEBW, CMT
Price: $2,495 + GST
Register: https://www.ciecbweducation.ca/product-page/eq1100-equine-myofascial-release-level-1


Date: August 3rd to August 7th, 2020
Location: Maryland
Instructor:  Equinology Instructor Ruth Mitchell-Golladay PT, EEBW, CMT
Price: $1595
Register: https://www.eli-us.com/class/eq1100-equine-myofascial-release-techniques-level-i/




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


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://equinology.com/product/eq50-equine-anatomy-precourse-distance-study/.

Tuition: $1595

Text and Materials Required:
Facilitated Healing Through Myofascial Release: Putting the Pieces Together for Horse and Rider: by Ruth Mitchell-Golladay $40 (available onsite) or online stores or through http://www.equinetherapeutic.com/Products/products.html

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, & Davies

Equinology Equine Myofascial Release Techniques Practitioner (EEMFR) Certification: This course is part of the Equinology® Extension Certification Modules and is required for the EEMFR Certification. The EQ1110 Equine Myofascial Release Level Two is also required in addition to the Equinology® Equine Body Worker certification to attain this MFR certification. However, students of all levels are invited to take this course as long as they meet the prerequisites listed above.
For the certification outline, please click here:


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