Yes, the course does have a reading list but the required books are few. Much of this list is suggested reading so you get a strong background in equine knowledge. Pick two books to read between each module and read each one thoroughly. Try to pick books in areas you are not already strong in. Be frugal — your local library may have some or can get them for you. Once you read them you’ll know if you want a copy for your bookshelf. You are required to read 3-4 books between each Module.
Feel free to order these books used. We have an Amazon Bookshelf setup and you can buy them new or used. Just click on the title and it should take you right to the book.
Fascial Release for Structural Balance Tom Myers & James Earls
This is the only book we ask you to read before class. Although it is about human anatomy, the concepts we use are the same for horses and you’ll see them in action in Module One. Read this book before you return for Module Two.
Before you graduate from our program, we require each student to have a Structural Integration (SI) series on themselves. Do this locally. If you need help finding a practitioner, ask us. This book explains what is happening when you receive your SI series. We ask you to get a series yourself because it helps you understand what the horses feel and learn under your hands. If you study acupuncture, massage or chiropractic, you’d be expected to have direct personal experience of what the work feels like and what it does, too. Having your own series will make you a better practitioner.
For your Module One homework you will write a 3 page college level paper on the topic, “What is Structural Integration and how does it relate to you?” You will find the following books helpful on this topic. It’s VERY helpful to start receiving your SI series early on so you have first hand experience on what Structural Integration can do with a human body (yours!).
* STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION
History and evolution of fascial reorganization by the founder of Structural Integration
Foundations of Structural Integration Richie Mintz (Contact him at TXSchoolforSI.com.)
The Endless Web Schultz & Feitis
Lawrence G. Kaufman a good handbook to read as you get your own SI series done
Horse Anatomy, A Coloring Atlas Kainer & McCracken
The Atlas of Equine Anatomy, (3rd edition / Regional Approach) Chris Pasquini
This book is pricey, but it’s a good one to have on your reference shelf
Principles of Conformational Analysis, Vol. 1 & 2 Deb Bennett, PhD
The Anatomy of the Horse: A Pictorial Approach Way and Lee
The Compassionate Equestrian Allen Schoen & Susan Gordon
Understanding Your Horse: How to Overcome Common Behavioral Problems Bayley & Maxwell
Horsewatching Desmond Morris
Horse Movement: Structure, Function & Rehabilitation Gail Williams
Horse Gaits, Balance and Movement Susan Harris
How Your Horse Moves: A Visual Guide to Improving Performance Gillian Higgins
Talk about horses with anyone, from a gran prix dressage rider to a roping cowboy. You never know who will show up as a client.
* EQUINE HEALTHCARE MODALITIES
Lameness: Recognizing and Treating the Horses Most Common Ailment Christine King & Richard Mannsmann
* EQUINE BEHAVIOR, HUMAN-ANIMAL BOND, ANIMAL COMMUNICATION
Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals Temple Grandin
Horses: From our Side of the Fence Sandy Lagno
Learning Their Language Marta Williams
* EQUINE TRAINING PERSPECTIVES
Dancing with Horses: The Art of Body Language Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling