Module 1: Online Equine Anatomy, Conformation and Static Assessment Review

A fully online module divided into sections followed by learning exercise and quizzes. The first part covers the equine musculoskeletal system and terminology, vocabulary, palpation of surface anatomy and muscle location. Videos on palpating the Surface Anatomy are included within the sections.
The section part utilizing what was review in the first part and includes conformation and static observations (narrated video).
The course includes a download over 200 pages to support the material.


Module 1: Online Equine Anatomy, Conformation and Static Assessment Review


Equine Anatomy Distance Study Course: 50 Hours

Description:  This course is a solid review of the equine musculoskeletal system, and covers terminology, vocabulary, palpation of surface anatomy and muscle location.

Educational Objectives: This course is designed as a review for Licensed Professionals working in the field of equine therapies.  

This course is optional for practicing equine veterinarians who have at least two years’ experience, but is required for all other ASTR participants. The 176-page course manual contains more relevant content than most onsite anatomy courses that you will attend!

Note: you will receive a confirmation email,  as well as a STUDENT ENROLLMENT AGREEMENT and Academy of Animal Sport Science school information. As soon as your Student Agreement is completed and uploaded, you will be sent a download link for the Module 1 course materials.

Course Registration

When prompted electronically during course registration, Licensed Professionals (veterinarian, veterinary technician/nurse, chiropractor, osteopathy, physical/physiotherapist) must upload a copy of their currently-held license.

All other course participants must upload a copy of evidence of the highest level of education (minimum: high school/equivalent diploma).

Any participant who does not have access to a copy of these documents must contact to request the free Online Ability To Benefit examination, which will fulfill the education verification requirements.


Learning Outcomes:

After completing the course the student will be able to:


  • identify the skeletal system and locate the regions of the skeleton on horses,
  • understand the veterinary terminology, vocabulary and directional terms enabling the student to communicate with others in the field and continue with self-learning exercises,
  • apply palpation skills for the equine surface anatomy and compare them among horses,
  • distinguish and label the four layers of common muscles of the horse to assist future learning,
  • compare horse’s skeletal regions and be able to note the differences between horses as well note the asymmetries of the individual horse,
  • understand the terms related to movement of the horse,
  • evaluate the musculoskeletal symmetry of the horse to determine if there are differences which need to be addressed by a health care professional.


Requirements of Students: A computer and internet access is required for students to download the text and documents.  The internet connection should be high speed preferable (cable, LAN, DS etc.) Students should have computer and internet access to view suggested links as well as videos on You Tube. While not required to have a Facebook account, students have the opportunity to access the same documents on the Facebook group established for this course.

Course Content: Anatomy and Veterinary Terminology and Vocabulary, The Muscular System, The Skeletal System and Palpating Bony Landmarks and Surface Anatomy

Methods of Instruction and Delivery: This is a self-paced course. Although it is designed to be completed in less than two months, we do allow the participant one year from the time of registration to complete at home. The complete course manual (172 pages) will be provided via download directly to your computer to save or print. You do not have to purchase the text.

There are Additional Learning Activities within the manual which are required components of the course, not optional. If you do not complete them you will miss a good deal of the course.

When you have completed reviewing all the course content, you will request the open book final online exam and you have a time limit of 2 months to complete the exam.  No worries! You have 3 attempts to pass.

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Your Equine Anatomy Review Course Includes:

Videos and additional learning resources

Regularly updated to share the latest findings relevant to the field of equine anatomy!

Group Interaction

An active discussion group within the ASTR student portal, and a global pool of sharing from our international student body through the Equine Anatomy Distance Study Facebook group!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

This is a self-paced course, with open enrollment. Once completed, students write to the course office ( to ask for the examination, which will be sent via email link. 

How long do I have access to the course?

Course access remains open until completion of the examination. After this time, course access is closed, but students can remain active on the course Facebook group. The maximum time allowed for course completion is one calendar year from date of enrollment. 

Can I have face-to-face interaction with the instructor(s)?

There is no live instruction on this course, but upon registration students are invited to the course Facebook group, which features active participation from all course members. Students are encouraged to exchange ideas, questions and suggestions on the Facebook group. In addition, this course has a Discussion page on the student portal of the Academy of Animal Sport Science website.

Does this course have any certificates?

Students will receive a certificate after successful completion of the module its Final Exam.

(It is understood that this certificate is not a qualification or “certification” in Animal Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation. Certificates of Completion verify requirements the student may need for confirmation of course completion for resumes, personal knowledge or association/continuing education hour requirements.)

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