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EQ1100SA Equine Myofascial Release Techniques Level I

Course Instructor
Ruth Mitchell-Golladay, PT, CMT, ESMT.

Instructor Ruth Mitchell Golladay, EBW, PT, and owner of the Equine Therapeutic Center in Virginia, leads this five day course. 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. You\\\'ll discover wonderful results when you integrate these techniques into your existing sessions.

Others, who are just starting out in the equine health care industry, will find this an easy approach for understanding and applying the modality. Lots of hands-on! Ruth is constantly allowing this course to evolve with her ever increasing knowledge. Like many of our instructors, they too continue their education and enhance their 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 be an acute or long standing dysfunction, with this full body approach. 



  • Myofascial/Osseous and related structures review
  • Anatomy
  • Biomechanics
  • Conformation and definition of common equine injuries
  • Handling and safety 

Myofascial Release Techniques

  • Physical evaluation
  • Gait analysis
  • Lower extremities
  • Lumbar/pelvic region
  • Anterior and posterior thoracic region
  • Cervical spine
  • Atlas and Axis
  • Myofascial osseous release
  • Myofascial stretching  
  • Therapeutic exercise


Knowledge of veterinary vocabulary and some anatomy is suggested but not required. This class is suitable for those just beginning their studies. However, horse handling skills and a thorough understanding of equine safety a must!

For those just beginning this type of study, you may find it helpful to review equine anatomy although this is not required.

Equinology offers a free precourse equine anatomy study guide which is available as an online course. You can find details on this course by visiting

Required Text:
Facilitated Healing Through Myofascial Release: Putting the Pieces Together for Horse and Rider by Ruth Mitchell Golladay
Book available on online stores or through:

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 required for the Specialized Equine Body Worker Myofascial Release Series (SEBWmfr). In addition you must be certified EBW to attain the SEBWmfr certifications. 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: