Equiopathy Theory, Technique and Practice

for Equine Prevention, Rehabilitation, Optimization – CEU course for licensed Veterinarians, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Naturopaths, DNMs, MDs.

Equiopathy is an integrated osteopathic and biomechanical approach to structural equine health and training. It establishes optimal well-being and performance ability of the horse and improves its physical and mental balance.

Equiopathy uses several highly unique approaches to problem analysis and diagnosis in order to come up with an initial “theory” and a battle plan to resolve the issues so identified.

Training in Equiopathy involves an intimate understanding of equine anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. Apart from its specific alignment and mobilization techniques it entails highly precise “schooling of the eye” along with a deep knowledge of the proven principles of classical equestrian training. – Correctly identifying the cause of a string of issues is half the battle of correcting the problem.

The professional Equiopathy Course teaches a set of proven low-impact structural assessment and alignment techniques. It is aimed at optimizing biomechanical body use, range of motion, injury prevention, and longtime safe use of the body within the classical training modes. Equiopathy easily integrates with other team players (veterinarian, farrier, saddle maker, trainer, rider).

The Equiopathy Technique is taught in six topic specific Modules. Much of the theoretical knowledge will be conveyed in weekly online groups. For the practical work we meet in a number of 3-Day Hands-on Intensives.

Module 1: Equiopathy Theory online via weekly Skype or other medium

  • Equiopathy Technique differences, effects, and applications
  • Seeing beyond the anatomy – implications  and isolation of vector forces
  • Engaging muscle chains for force direction optimization, control, and safety
  • The role of resistance in the Equiopathy Technique vs. conventional “stretching”

Module 2: Equiopathy mixed online Theory and Hands-on Practical

  • Equiopathy Technique body assessments and evaluation
  • Formulating a “Theory” and “Treatment Plan”
  • Sequencing front to back vs. back to front
  • Recognizing treatment barriers and ethical questions
  • Introduction to the specific  Equiopathy testing and correction techniques

Module 3: Applying the Equiopathy Technique I — Forehand – Causes, Triggers, Corrections

  • Thoracic, subscapular, and sternal rib malalignments
  • Slanting or curved withers and resulting shoulder and forehand/neck issues
  • Thoracic malalignments
  • CoG area restrictions

Module 4: Applying the Equiopathy Technique II — Neck and Head – Causes, Triggers, Corrections

  • C7/T1-2
  • C3 to C6
  • Atlas vs. Axis
  • TMJ and other cranial challenges

Module 5: Applying the Equiopathy Technique III — Lumbars and Quarters – Causes, Triggers, Corrections

  • TL junction and Lumbar area
  • Pelvic shifts and rotations
  • Sacrum malalignments
  • Stifle – hamstring issues and interactions

Module 6: Applying the Equiopathy Technique IV — Additional Components, Summary, and Course Debrief

  • Equiopathy Mobilization approaches
  • Integrations with other professionals
  • Questions and Case discussions
  • Theoretical and Practical Exams

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