Adjustments / Mobilisations for the Equine Patient – Module 8


Module 8 is the first module of the Advanced Diploma Level Two Pathway. This module is perfect for those who want to learn adjustment/mobilisation techniques for horses and who have a solid grounding in equine anatomy and plenty of osteopathic clinical experience with equine patients. This course is not for beginners nor practitioners without an appropriate level of 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 work, and, of course you will be taught appropriate assessments and adjustment techniques to suit this level of learning.

Who can apply for Module 8? 

This course is for graduates of the AOI Level Two Diploma and experienced equine osteopaths. All applicants must have successfully completed Modules 1-7 of the Level Two Diploma Pathway (or be able to demonstrate the equivalent. A conversion course is available for those wishing to enter our Level Two modules directly, but have not followed the AOI’s Level One programme. 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 important that any student that attends this course, has excellent anatomical knowledge and works with horses regularly. This is to ensure accuracy of technique and thus, safety of all those you treat. If you cannot recall your equine anatomy easily, we would urge you to do so in advance of this module or to take one of our Equine Anatomy CPD Units

Price:  £725.00 plus VAT or VATMOSS if applicable (flexible payment available). This includes taught online content, 2.5 x practical days, assessments, assignments and self-directed learning and practice).

To attend, you are expected to already have:

  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 with a range of of equine models in a therapeutic manner;
  5. A thorough understanding of osteopathic concepts and an ability to think in an integrated fashion, which encompasses the whole horse.

Indicative content- online and via a live practicum

  • The restrictive barrier, what does this really 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
  • Effective application of mobilisation adjustments and toggle techniques – skill not force!
  • Adapting techniques for old and young
  • High practical content with demonstrations and practical


As a result of COVID 19 and its effects on everyone, we have reviewed our educational strategy. This means that the Level Two pathway (Diploma & Advanced Diploma), will be delivered online and (where applicable) via blended learning (with practicums). Under the new format, students may apply to one module at a time or they can study the online elements of all Advanced Diploma and then come to the UK for one consolidated practicum. This radically reduces flight costs for international students.

When is this module likely to be released? 

The blended learning version of Module 8 is likely to be released in the first quarter of 2022, but maybe before. However, this module makes up the advanced element of the Level Two Pathway (for those wanting to achieve Advanced Diploma status). Please note: International students who are wishing to consolidate their Level Two Advanced Diploma practicums (to reduce travel costs), may do so, but this must be agreed at the start of educational circuit. This means that a student could fulfil the online elements of Modules 8-14 and then come to the UK for all practicum elements.

2.5 day practical component (must be taken once you have successfully completed the theory element of the course, online.


Dorset/Hampshire region (New Forest District) UK. There is a chance that in 2022/2023 we may be able to reconvene international practicums in Denmark, USA, NZ and Canada, but this must never be assumed at the present time.


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 you 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 that students to have skills equivalent to IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 (or equivalent)..

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