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Equine Bowen Therapy Incorporating Equine Holistic Care and Stable Management

Course Prospectus

Entry Requirements for Training in Equine Bowen Therapy

Training is available for all who meet with the following criteria:

1) Students must have a minimum of six days Bowen Technique tuition to commence Stage One, and be fully accredited Bowen Practitioners on completion of the Equine Bowen Therapy course, to be awarded a Certificate of Completion. Veterinary surgeons who wish to study Equine Bowen Therapy are required to attend a four day introductory course in The Bowen Technique for humans.

2) All applicants must satisfy the course organisers of their aptitude for animal work. This may be in the form of a BHS Stage I & II of ABRS Level I & II (horse management and care); Pony Club B Test; NVQ/GNVQ Level 2 Certificate; or a substantial portfolio of evidence of previous work experience with horses, ideally owning and/or being responsible for day to day management and care of a horse.

The EBT committee may request applicants to gain further practical experience in managing horses before commencing or during the training course, if they feel it is necessary.

Please note: It is not sufficient to just be an occasional rider at a riding school.

3) Applicants will be required to provide adequate personal liability insurance.

4) A current First Aid Certificate will be required by the completion of the course.


It is vitally important that all Equine Bowen Therapists are qualified human Bowen Therapists for a number of reasons:

  1. Practitioners must have a complete understanding of the technique, the Bowen move, hand position, pressure, two minute breaks, subtle energy, etc.
  2. In order to be truly holistic, i.e. address the whole, it is advantageous to apply the Bowen Technique to the rider, in order that he/she will also be in balance.
  3. In the teaching of EBT, cross references will be made to corresponding human Bowen principles, to clarify the move.
  4. To equal the high professional standards mandated by other complementary therapies, e.g. chiropractors, physiotherapists, acupuncturists, etc.
  5. To gain professional respectability, recognition and credibility within the veterinary, equestrian and complimentary worlds.
  6. To gain professional insurance cover to work on animals with veterinary consent.


The Complete Course

Stage I                                    Four days                             

Stage II                                  Two days                           

Stage III                                 Two days                             

Workshop days                         Four days total    

The course fee includes a colour workshop manual, supporting material and handouts, refreshments (not lunch), written assessment reports on all written work, assignments and case studies, and final examination fee.

Please Note: A deposit of 50% of the fee is required to secure your place, non refundable. The balance is payable in 3 further installments

The organisers reserve the right to decline admission to any level of training.

This course requires the student to complete four written assignments as well as case studies.

It is advisable to allow sufficient time to complete this section of the course as well as the workshops.


BTPA Registration and CPD

Once qualified in both the human Bowen Technique and Equine Bowen Therapy, the therapist is entitled to become a member of the Bowen Therapist's Professional Association. BTPA is an independent organisation of Bowen Therapists who recognise and support the Equine Bowen Therapy training course.

When registered, therapists may use the letters ESEBT (Reg) after their name. In order to remain on the register, therapists are required to complete two Continuous Professional Development (CPD) per year.

Course Content

Stage I - Introductory Level, four days.

This four day course is designed to give students an understanding of the work, to practice the technique and to be confident in using it. With classes being kept to a maximum of 14 students, it is a priority objective that each student receives sufficient personal supervision in their work. There will be guest speakers in attendance to deliver interesting and relevant lectures and demonstrations. The student is required to complete written work at home, including assignments and 10 case studies, with at least three treatments per horse. Students intending to proceed to Stage II will need to submit the correspondence work by the deadlines given, prior to the next level of training.

Stage II - two days.

This will be a review of the basic moves, followed by teaching of additional moves. Relevant subject lectures and demonstrations will be given by equestrian experts within specialist areas. Written assignments must be submitted by the deadlines given, before proceeding to the next and final stage.

There will be four practice workshop days of which two days must  be attended, between Stage II and Stage III.

Stage III - two days.

There will be a review, practise moves and final assessment of all the work. Students will be required to submit a further 10 case studies, three treatments per horse. Three of the case studies must be on a horse and rider partnership, i.e. the student has treated both horse and rider with the Bowen Technique.

The complete course is spread out over a period of approximately 10 months. This allows students time to complete the human Bowen course, if they have not already done so. The format ensures students have sufficient time to complete all written correspondence work, case studies, and gain maximum hands on experience, enhancing skill and confidence in the practice of Equine Bowen Therapy.

Practice workshop days.

There will be four days of practice workshops throughout the following months during which students must attend.

The aim is to ensure that the student's knowledge and understanding of the work is solid, and to create the opportunity for students to seek advice or help as needed. Places will be limited to twelve on the workshop days, so that each student benefits from direct assistance and guidance.


Equine Bowen Therapy Course - Personnel Profiles (Subject to availability)

(If any person listed below is not available they will be substituted by the course director with a person of equal experience and ability).


Beth Darrall, Course Director and Coordinator

Beth has always held an interest in health and nutrition, her earlier career being in dentistry and pathology at Cheltenham General Hospital. In 1990, Beth left the NHS in search of a career in complementary medicine, qualifying in Aromatherapy and as a Bach Flower Remedy practitioner in 1993.  As a 'lay practitioner'of homoeopathy for many years, she is also a committee member of the local homoeopathic group. In 1995, Beth discovered the Bowen Technique and felt sure this was the way forward in providing a gentle and effective treatment, that would appeal to all people who were keen to restore their own health.

Beth has been applying the Bowen Technique to people and horses, with great success. She specialises in treating both horse and rider, and feels that this is the best way to achieve a balanced team working in harmony. Beth has two horses of her own and her special interest is in natural horsemanship, equine psychology, hoof balancing and saddle fitting. She is a member of the BCMA and an associate member of the British Holistic Veterinary Medicine Association.


Heather McLain BHSI

Heather has had horses all her life and qualified as an instructor in 1983. Having had a successful career in show jumping and dressage, she continues to work as a free lance instructor, BHS registered examiner and listed dressage judge. She held the post of Head of the Equestrian Department at Cannington College, near Bristol, before moving to the position of Manager of the Cheltenham Ladies College Equestrian Centre. She is currently teaching at Hartpury College near Gloucester.

Heather's enthusiasm and knowledge in all things equestrian has made her a popular and respected teacher. Her  'special subject' is equine anatomy and physiology, making her presence and contribution to the Equine Bowen Therapy training course a real bonus. Heather is married with one son, one dog, one cat and a horse.

 Lavinia Mitchell, saddle fitter 




Nigel Dodman  BVSc, Cert Ed, Cert Ed. Ac,  M.R.C.V.S.

Veterinary Surgeon, Bowen Therapist.

Nigel runs a busy Complementary Veterinary Practice in mid Wales, using acupuncture, herbs, homoeopathy and Bowen Therapy. He is a member of the British Holistic Veterinary Medicine Association, British Association of Homoeopathic Veterinary Surgeons, Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists and is particularly interested in developing Bowen Therapy for animals. Nigel lives on a 40 acre organic farm, with two Shire horses and a cob.


Mark Johnson, Farrier

Mark is a farrier with some twenty years experience in traditional shoeing. He strongly believes in an holistic approach to shoeing horses, providing the correct hoof balance and weight bearing. He now exclusively uses a system providing a broad web shoe which supports the hoof capsule, enhances blood flow and allows correct paces to develop. His talk is well illustrated and informative.


Becci Trower, BHSI

Becci is a busy free lance instructor and lectures at Summerhouse Equestrian Centre, near Gloucester. As well as successfully competing in dressage and side saddle classes, she is secretary of the local Riding Club. Becci has special interests in equine nutrition and the health aspects of horse care. She is a qualified dressage judge and s-j course designer

She is married with two young sons, three horses and two cats.


Steve Welsh, Equine Dental Technician


Booking Information, Terms and Conditions of Payment.

Application Forms are available from Beth Darrall, 13, Milton Road, Cheltenham, Glos. GL51 7ET. Or complete our contact form.

Dates, times, venue information and fees will be on the application form.

Completed application forms should be sent with the appropriate deposit (non refundable).