The Equine Head (inc. The TMJ & Hyoid)


Price: £575.00 Plus VAT or VATMOSS if applicable

This includes: Taught online content, one and a half day practicum, assessment, assignments and self-directed learning and practice. 

This new approach is wonderful for our students, but it has (and will continue to) created a lot of work for our teaching and management team over the next 6-12 months, so please bear with us whilst we re-construct the various courses for you. If you are already a qualified animal practitioner, using an osteopathic approach with your patients, and would like to attend one of the Level II Modules, please email us on

Indicative content:

  • Anatomy of the head, TMJ and hyoid (including osteology, myology and arthrology)
  • Function and importance of these structures 
  • Pathophysiology/neurological considerations affecting this region
  • Structural/functional considerations when approaching the head, TMJ and hyoid
  • Assessment of the head, TMJ and hyoid
  • Analysing your assessment in order to determine primary and secondary lesion patterns
  • Treatment approaches to the Head, TMJ and hyoid
  • Dental considerations when dealing with the TMJ
  • Drawing conclusions to enhance the creation of high quality and effective treatment and management protocols

Who can apply: This module is designed for equine osteopathic/musculoskeletal professionals who have solid academic knowledge and significant hands on experience in the field of equine osteopathic medicine. Proof of prior experience and education is essential. AOI Equine Diploma students get automatic access.

All applicants must have:

  1. A solid foundation of musculoskeletal and biomechanical knowledge of the equine model;
  2. Qualifications and experience in animal osteopathy to at academic level;
  3. A well versed background in equine anatomy and neuro-anatomy;
  4. A solid equine musculoskeletal assessment process (which includes joint and soft tissue testing)
  5. Knowledge of adjustments/mobilisation and Balanced Ligamentous Tension/Balance Tissue Tension and Myofascial styles of treatment related to the equine patient;
  6. An ability to apply soft tissue, stretching, articulation, mobilisations, Myofascial and Balanced Ligamentous Tension  techniques to the equine patient,
  7. Safe and confident handling of the equine model in an therapeutic manner. 

Please note: It is the student’s responsibility to apply for courses that are suitable to their level of knowledge, competence and experience. As such, please do not apply for courses in the hope that you will somehow be able hide your lack of skills. Doing so will be costly and is not professional. We will not be in a position to give an ill-equipped individual undivided attention, (to bring them up to speed), as this is unfair on other delegates. Refunds will not be issued in these circumstances, (as your place could have been sold to a more suitable candidate) and certificates of completion will not be issued. 

We always do our very best to support student journeys, but we do expect all applicants to be open and honest about their level of competence.

If you would like to apply for this module or be told about it when it arrives, please send an email to us at to demonstrate an interest and we will add you to our mailing list.

We look forward to having you onboard