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Unlike any conventionally taught anatomy class, EQUIKEN® CoreData™ 1 uses the ANATOMY IN CLAY® Learning System.  Participants build equine anatomy using clay on specially designed models of the horse skeleton. Using one’s own kinesthetic sense, the modeling process provides a direct, experiential understanding of each body structure. At the same time, building in miniature on a 1/6 life-sized model helps develop a unique holistic view of the animal. 




Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:


  1. Comprehend and distinguish the relationships between the various anatomical structures.

  2. Demonstrate a comprehension of, and familiarity with, anatomical directional terminology, and will be able to directly and practically apply this knowledge as a practitioner or teacher.

  3. Demonstrate the ability to build various components of animal musculature in clay, and be able to recognize and identify attachment sites and the complementary nature of structure and function.

  4. Demonstrate the ability to comprehend the inherent interrelationship of the muscular and skeletal systems.

  5. Demonstrate the ability to comprehend and identify the various patterns evident in muscular and skeletal anatomy, and be able to utilize this knowledge.




In the Equine CoreData Workshop, participants are taught to form each muscle in clay, building axial and appendicular anatomy from the inside out. Participants will learn how to build equine intrinsic axial, intrinsic branchial, intrinsic pectoral, intrinsic pelvic, and extrinsic muscles.  Participants study each muscle in isolation from multiple views. This facilitates the development of the participants' understanding of musculature in a three-dimensional perspective. The focus of the syllabus is on experiential kinesthetic learning; building muscles in clay and simultaneously learning to recognize and appreciate interactive relationships.



  1. Participants are encouraged to bring the atlases they currently use to understand equine anatomy. 

  2. A glossary will be provided to participants.


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