Lusk Law Client Spotlight: EquiLearn Institute

At Lusk Law, we work hard to meet our clients’ needs, earn their trust, and build lasting relationships with them. As a small business ourselves, we have a deep understanding of the hard work, determination, and passion that’s required to build a successful company from the ground up. Our Client Spotlight series is designed to recognize outstanding businesses serving our community. This month, we’d like to celebrate the EquiLearn Institute LLC, a company dedicated to delivering quality education in equine and canine health care.

The EquiLearn Institute is owned and operated by Courtney Molino, RVT, CERP, EEBW, CCRA, ESMT, CCMT, FEI Permitted Equine Therapist. She also owns Hands on Horses LLC, which focuses on equine and canine rehabilitation and bodywork.

Courtney lives in Elkridge with her husband and 7-year-old son, along with their golden retriever and bunny. She also has a TB/Clyde mare, which she keeps boarded in Sykesville.

How Courtney Started and Grew Her Businesses

Courtney Molino is a registered veterinary nurse who completed the equine rehabilitation program through the University of Tennessee. She is trained in the skills necessary to design and implement a comprehensive rehabilitation program for a variety of musculoskeletal and neurologic conditions in horses.

Courtney is well-educated and certified in her field. She received her certification in equine bodywork from Equinology® and offers both sports massage and myofascial release services to help keep the equine body in peak physical condition. Prior to Equinology, Courtney studied equine science and anatomy at Virginia Tech. In 2018, Courtney was approved to become an FEI Permitted Equine Therapist. She also received certification in canine rehabilitation by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.

In 2004, finding herself wanting to help all horses perform up to their natural ability, regardless of age, breed, or discipline, Courtney decided to start her own business. Ignoring the warnings from some well-meaning people who told her she was crazy, she founded Hands on Horses, an equine bodywork and rehabilitation practice that promotes the overall wellness of companion and competitive animals. In 2006, she added a division focusing on canine bodywork. Since that time, the field of equine bodywork has grown and expanded, and Courtney has made her company into a proven success.

In 2019, Courtney decided to expand into the field of education. She launched a companion business, the EquiLearn Institute, a company dedicated to delivering quality education in equine and canine health care. While still in the early stages of building name recognition and garnering interest in the classes, she has already enlisted a group of instructors, veterinarians and specialists who are leaders in their field. Many have published research in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Her company now offers a wide range of courses relevant to the field.

Courtney is building her client base for Hands on Horses among horse owners and trainers who care about their horse’s wellbeing. Her main target customers for the EquiLearn Institute include:

  • Students looking for a certification series in equine/canine bodywork
  • Owners/Trainers looking for one course of interest
  • Licensed professionals looking for continuing education.

Working with Lusk Law, LLC

Like many business owners and operators, Courtney found that the legal aspects of business were not her strong suit and she needed help making sure everything was done legally and in accordance with complicated Maryland and federal laws. As a result, she started working with attorney Rebekah Lusk at Lusk Law several years ago.

When she started the EquiLearn Institute, Courtney was overwhelmed with what to do and where to even begin. She found that Rebekah was there to help every step of the way, providing advice on how to set up the company and handling everything from contract creation to filing forms to hiring employees.

Courtney has been very satisfied with the guidance she is receiving from Rebekah Lusk. She finds Rebekah direct and to the point, able to explain things in simple terms, responsive and always happy to answer questions.

She feels Rebekah has challenged her to really think through every detail of a new business. She feels confident that Rebekah has her best interests at heart and works tirelessly to come up with solutions and finalize the best deal. With Rebekah having her back, Courtney no longer has to worry about any of the legal details and can concentrate on satisfying her clients and building both of her businesses.

For more information on quality equine and canine services, visit the EquiLearn Institute’s website at www.eli-us.com, or Hands on Horses LLC at www.equinebodywellness.com.

At Lusk Law, LLC, we look forward to helping you achieve your business goals. Call us at (443) 535-9715 to schedule a consultation.

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