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Level One Equine Musculo-Skeletal Performance Anatomy with Health Parameters, Performance Injuries and Treatments - Equine Anatomy Course

equine anatomy coursesThis is so much more than a course in memorizing anatomical structures.  Students completing this equine anatomy course will have deeply explored four terrific texts that will become career-long useful references for the equine body worker while developing skills of observation and description in practical field exercises.  From beginners with limited equine knowledge to experienced equestrians and bodywork practitioners there is something for everyone.  The emphasis is on taking anatomy to the field and locating structures on actual horses while also introducing students to the range of injuries that are common in performance horses and some of the treatment modalities used to help them.  The course is self-paced and assignments are graded online with instant feedback, with the exception of the field assignments, which receive individual instructor review and comments.  The course instructor is available for questions by phone or email.

 What students are saying:

Just to say that your course info is AMAZING!!!!! Can't imagine the amount of work that went into it.” Phil, Ontario, Canada

“Thank you, Lisa!  I thoroughly enjoyed the coursework. The homework exposed me to different aspects of equine performance and health related information. If you plan on a next level of coursework,  please let me know. I would be interested in taking part of it once I finish up the Masterson field work.” Lori, Wisconsin, USA

Equine Anatomy Requirements for Masterson Method Certification Program

This course was developed specifically for Certification in the Masterson Method®. The scope of this course is to help the student learn where to search amongst available resources and to begin to develop the ability to articulate to others the anatomical structures that students will be touching and moving during a bodywork session. The syllabus discusses the course goals and work program in detail.

Study format:

The format of the equine anatomy course is self-study. There are four textbooks which the student must purchase independently (see course syllabus).  There are six sections to the course, each of which has a field exercise component and one or more study worksheets to complete. 

Anatomy Course Required books:  All books below can be purchased on our Store

  • Beyond Horse Massage, Masterson, Reinhold, 2011
  • The Horse Anatomy Workbook, Raynor, 2006 or Horse Anatomy: Second Edition, Peter Goody
  • Horse Anatomy for Performance, Gillian Higgins, 2012
  • Horse’s Muscles in Motion, Wyche, 2002

Fee: $165

This price includes access to the online course and materials download from the website.  If you want a course binder and printed materials, you will be able to purchase these directly from the Avalon staff for $50 within the US, including shipping. Outside the United States the fee is $30 plus shipping and handling charges. 

Time to complete course: Jim Masterson requires that a student have completed the anatomy requirement prior to attending the second coaching course in the field work portion of the Masterson Method certification program. 

Course authors: The course is developed by Lisa Haldane and Vanessa Helvey, both certified Masterson Method practitioners and instructors, with the technical and professional oversight of Lacy Crowley, DVM. Administration of the course is through Lisa’s company Avalon Performance Horse and Rider Support, a trade name of Avalon Professional Services LLC.  The Coordinator is Beckie Haynes.

Availability of Avalon staff: Equine anatomy is just one of the activities that Lisa and Vanessa and Beckie Haynes are involved in. The other primary work is the training and showing of cutting horses. We make every effort to respond to questions and work assignments within one or two days but would like students to understand that the training and show schedule is primary and we work around that. Also, in these days of instant communications people can get impatient if they don’t hear feedback right away whether it be day or night. As owner of this company I give my staff permission to set boundaries on the hours of their availability so that they can develop balance in their own personal lives, treating them with the same care that we give to our horses.

We hope you enjoy the course!

Lisa Haldane, owner
Avalon Performance Horse and Rider Support
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