Functional Adjustments / Mobilisations for the Equine Patient


This course is perfect for those who want to learn adjustment/mobilisation techniques for horses and have a solid grounding in equine anatomy and plenty of osteopathic clinical experience with equine patients. This course is not for beginners or practitioners without appropriate clinical competence and experience. You will be taught the indications and contraindications of adjustment techniques to ensure safety at every level. You will also be taught the difference between the various forms of adjustment/mobilisation and how each works, and, of course, you will be taught appropriate assessments and adjustment techniques to suit this level of learning.

Who can apply? 

This course is for those who have completed the AOI Equine Diploma and experienced equine osteopaths who have already learned the indicative content of our Diploma. All applicants must have successfully completed the Diploma Pathway (or be able to demonstrate the equivalent. An equine osteopathic conversion course is available for those wishing to enter year two of our Diploma directly. Please click HERE for more information. Proof of prior experience and education is essential (without exception).

We are strict about the prerequisites to this course because it is essential that any student who attends this course has excellent anatomical knowledge and works with horses regularly. This is to ensure the accuracy of taught techniques and, thus, the safety of all those you treat. If you cannot recall your equine anatomy easily, we urge you to do so before this module or to ask about our online anatomy modules.

To attend, you are expected to have already:

  1. A firm understanding of musculoskeletal and biomechanical knowledge of the equine model;
  2. A solid and well-versed equine musculoskeletal and neurological assessment process;
  3. Ability to competently apply soft tissue, stretching and articulation techniques to the equine patient;
  4. Safe and confident handling of a range of equine models in a therapeutic manner;
  5. A thorough understanding of osteopathic concepts and an ability to think in an integrated fashion encompasses the whole horse.

Indicative content- online and via a live practicum

  • The restrictive barrier, what does this mean?
  • Theories of mobilisation adjustments and toggles
  • Indications/contraindications to technique
  • Joint line palpation – Are you where you think you are?
  • How to ensure effective technique
  • Types of ‘High velocity, Low amplitude techniques’
  • “It’s all about the click” – or is it?
  • Finding the barrier – finesse.
  • Applying the adjustment
  • Practical
    application of mobilisation adjustments and toggle techniques – skill,
    not force!
  • Adapting techniques for old and young
  • High practical content with demonstrations and practical


At this time, we will only be running the Advanced Diploma modules in the UK. We are, however, exploring facilities in Canada for suitable candidates.


We are happy to take national and international students, but all students MUST be proficient in all aspects of the English language (both written and spoken) so as to ensure that they can make the most of the course and its contents. The AOI will not be held responsible for any language challenges that arise, and no refunds will be made on these grounds. As a guide, we typically expect students to have skills equivalent to IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 (or equivalent).

If you are interested in taking this course as a standalone CPD event, please click on the fish to contact us today. Applications are ongoing due to the part-online nature of the content.