EQ900: Anatomy Discovery Workshop Clay & Hands On


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

Date: September 21st to September 27th, 2020
Location: TBC, Perth Region, Western Australia, Australia
Instructor: Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW
Price: $2,595 AUD + gst
Register: https://www.equinologyanz.com/eq900-equine-discovery-anatomy-1

Date:  October 13th to October 19th, 2020 EQ900 Anatomy Discovery Workshop
Location: Maryland
Price:  $1795
Register: https://www.eli-us.com/class/eq900-anatomy-discovery-workshop/

Date: October 28th to November 3rd, 2020
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Instructor: Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW
Price: $2,695 + GST
Register: https://www.ciecbweducation.ca/product-page/eq900-anatomy-in-clay

Date: November 10th to November 16th, 2020
Location: Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa
Instructor: Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW
Price: R26,950
Register: www.equicanis.com


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We have a blast at this course! It’s really close to an art class but artistic skills are not necessary! So much information is shared amongst the participants, loads of questions are explored, light bulbs are constantly going on and huge smiles of comprehension continue throughout the duration of the workshop.

The difference between the average equine bodyworker and a great one is accuracy. Anyone in the equine health care profession; whether you use your hands, tools, or machines, will find this is a great opportunity to expand and enhance skills. This course is also useful for the trainer or rider because analytical skills are honed after understanding the structure of the horse. This knowledge improves your riding and teaching skills.

This seven-day course is taught in increments in a study group format with a hands-on approach. This course is run in 3 days on, one day off for self-study and finishes with another 3 days on.

Using bones, models, visuals, books, hand-outs, reference material and live horses, Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW, and president and founder of Equinology Inc®, will lead and direct the group. Students will work in teams of two, building the muscles on the Equiken® models at a comfortable pace, researching each muscle as the building progresses. Students become very familiar with various published books, publications and internet resources during the course, thus enabling them to research anatomy better. The student will have a chance to ensure he or she has understood the information by completing a self-assessment before the beginning of each class. Students are responsible to attend all six days of class in the classroom and are expected to spend the off day reviewing material for at least 8 hours.

This is not like those anatomy classes you’ve attended with a dry lecturer reciting from a book. Debranne’s wit and style make this a fun course. She uses various approaches that leave you with the increased knowledge to continue on in your own studies. Past students rave about this course and return year after year.

The Equiken® models used for the course were created by Jon Zahourek of Anatomy in Clay® Learning Systems. Anatomy in Clay offers several courses at their Colorado, USA base. Have a look at www.anatomyinclay.com for courses on equine, canine and human anatomy. Please register directly with them for those courses or write to info@anatomyinclay.com for dates and costs. The 6-day courses that are taught there are suitable for the require anatomy modules for the EEBW Level III and the MEEBW Certificates of Achievement.

You can look at pictures all day, you can look at photos, but nothing will cement your understanding of origin, insertion, and function like building the muscles on a 3D model. There is something about making them and attaching them to the skeleton that really deepens your grasp of anatomy. Working with the clay is so much fun! It’s like being a kid again, but you get to keep your adult brain and learn something really important. We laughed … a lot. You don’t need to be an artist, or have any sculpting skills. All you need is curiosity and a desire for a fuller understanding of the equine body.” — Tracy Kerby

Course Outline:


  • anatomy vocabulary
  • directional terms
  • veterinary terms

Skeletal structure

  • form and function
  • skeletal organization
  • thoracic and pelvic appendicular system
  • axial skeletal system
  • bony landmark and surface anatomy identification

Muscle structure

  • function and form
  • intrinsic and extrinsic muscles
  • relationship to orientation
  • deep, middle and superficial layer major muscles
  • reciprocal apparatus
  • passive stay apparatus of the hind and forelimb
  • Injuries and issues relating to muscles


“Equinology’s Anatomy Discovery Clay Workshop is probably my favorite Equinology class. For a lot of us that work with horses, the art studio and the dissection lab are relatively unfamiliar environments… yet both are essential to understanding the dynamic anatomical relationships that structure the horse’s body. I really loved building each muscle and making the attachments and insertions. Thinking two-dimensionally, in muscle plates, is where we all begin… but leaving that behind, and beginning to really visualize the horse’s skeleton and musculature in 3-dimensions and in motion takes you to a whole new level of insight . You get a chance to build muscles in clay, research function, and really shore up a lot of anatomical learning in a fun and creative environment. And man, did we laugh!” — Sarah Miles


Course Practicals:

  • Building individual muscles in clay using the Equiken® model
  • Painting the middle layer muscles on the horse
  • Painting the bony landmarks on the horse
  • Palpation sessions for bony landmarks and muscles
  • Locating and isolating muscles

Tuition: $1795

Required Course Text: Anatomy of Equine Bodywork: The Equinology Approach: by Debranne Pattillo $99 + tax (available onsite)

Text and Materials Required:

Rental of Equiken® Model and Clay Supplies: Free

Course Workbook: Free

Course Handouts: Free

Externship Grading (Case Studies and Visual Presentation) and Certificate: Free

Returning USA Students:

We encourage students to retake this course. Those who have taken the EQ900 course previously through Equinology or her sister companies may retake the USA course at a special offer of $1356


Students must review the veterinary vocabulary and terms, skeletal anatomy, and bony landmarks in the EQ50 Equine Anatomy online course found at https://equinology.com/product/eq50-equine-anatomy-precourse-distance-study/. This is the precourse used for the Equinology ® Equine Body Worker Certification Courses so it is not necessary to redo for those having participated in the EEBW course.

If you feel you are already well versed in vocabulary and the musculoskeletal system please contact the office to waive this prerequisite.

Books Suggested for the Classroom:

Bring at least one anatomy book to class: Color Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy: The Horse Volume 2 by Ashdown and Done or Atlas of Equine Anatomy by Chris Pasquini or Clinical Anatomy of the Horse by Clayton and Flood.

An anatomy course is required for the Equinology ® Equine Body Worker Level II Certification. A second anatomy course is required for the Equinology ® Master Equine Body Worker Certification. You may take EQ200, EQ900 or EQ910 to fulfill the requirements.

For the certification outline, please click here:


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“After a few years of training as an Equine Craniosacral practitioner, I found that I still had a huge gap in my equine anatomy. I found Equinology to be a superior place of education and had been checking out their courses for a while, when the EQ900 Anatomy in Clay grabbed my attention. I am based in Australia, so to hear that it was coming over there in 2016, I just had to do it! I didn’t have the discipline to try and learn muscles, nerve innervation, origin and insertion on my own. The outline of the EQ900 sounded perfect, as it incorporated structural and creative learning.
This course really was money well spent. An intensive 7 days building the layers of muscles onto the Equiken horse from the Zahourek Anatomy in Clay learning system (www.antomyinclay.com).
Debranne’s incredible knowledge, enthusiasm and amazing artistic ability made this such a fun course to be on. I am always on board when the teacher loves teaching a subject. Whilst I found that my clay building skills were bordering on hopeless, the anatomy began to sink in. Incorporated into this was on-the-spot research into each muscle; a constantly running overhead projector with further information about each muscle, its origin, insertion, innervation, function, and problems that may occur; going outside the classroom, locating and palpating muscles, and bony landmarks on a horse. Debranne has a wealth of experience working with horses from many disciplines, not to mention working and studying with other pioneers in equine anatomy and biomechanics so we were never short-changed on information. And to keep us from getting overloaded with clay building, we were able to text our newly learned anatomy towards the end of the course out by getting the chalks out and painting a horse. The externship is good, incorporating more of what we were taught in class. It is a lot of work, but so so worthwhile. I always encourage anyone in the field to get on the EQ900 as it is so in depth, and the way it is taught is first rate.” – Emma Loftus

“If you think you know anatomy because you’ve studied anatomy books, taken other Equinology courses where anatomy knowledge is expected, or even taken a dissection course, but wonder if there’s more to know, then you need to take this class. There is nothing like building a horse from the inside out! Making the muscle from clay, finding the origins and insertions, discovering that what you thought you knew from 2 dimensional drawings isn’t even close to what is real (the tensor fasciae antibrachii comes to mind for me), and marveling at the complexity of muscle interactions, makes this course totally worth the time and expense.

Debranne Patillo makes the class fun and engaging with time spent both working on your model and looking at real horses to put the work into perspective. Be prepared to learn at a deep level. It’s designed to further your anatomy knowledge so you can be of even more benefit to your clients and their horses. I highly recommend it!” – Betsy Novotny

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