The talent of Equine Massage Therapy is hands-on bodywork where you learn to feel where movement is hindered and release it. Your head learns what’s needed, your hands become skilled energy tools to facilitate change to truly make a difference in the life of these wonderful creatures.

Every rider wants a calm, content, horse that is supple and willing to move kindly and powerfully at work and at liberty. But injuries, conformation, disposition, bad habits and unbalanced riding prevent most horses from performing at the top of their game. Skillful massage can help horses overcome these challenges thereby promoting health and actualizing the fluid and powerful athletic potential inherent in each horse. To achieve this the body worker must know horse anatomy form and function and be able to read their mental and emotional state in order to anticipate responses.

To understand what you’re working on you must be able to visualize a horse’s anatomy – not just what’s under the skin, but how the muscles move the bones that move the horse. We begin with sorting out the physiology and anatomy of how horses move one piece at a time. When we’re massaging the neck we study the muscles that mobilize the neck. When we’re learning how to work the back we study the boney structures and muscles that support the spine. Instead of just memorizing muscles this dynamic and functional anatomy approach enables you to visualize the horse in its true three dimensional form and develop ideas of what to work towards.

WELL TRAINED, PROFESSIONAL EQUINE COURSES

Equine Sports Massage Therapy is the ability to reduce mental and physical stresses by providing freedom of movement and pain free function.

The Equine Therapy Course is divided in 5 modules:

  1. Equine Massage
  2. Equine Stretching
  3. Pressure Points and Kinesiology
  4. Horse Herbalism
  5. Natural Horsemanship
Equine Massage / Equine Anatomy / Equine Physiology / Conformation and Kinesiology / Equine Massage Theory and Techniques and Treatment/ Complementary Herbalism for Horses / Natural Horsemanship.

Equine Massage:

has been developed to aid the equine world. Just as the human body requires rehabilitation, relief from pain and stress, detoxification, improved circulation and joint mobility, so does the equine body. The Equine Massage Therapist works with veterinarians, coaches, trainers, horse care specialists and horse owners.

Our equine massage therapy program is a certificate course that offer intensive training in hands on techniques. With the assistance of veterinarians, registered massage therapists, Sanef. certified coaches, competitive riders and horse owners, a program has been designed to provide the student with the expertise to aide the equine athlete in rehabilitation as well as helping owners maximize the potential of their horses.

Part of what makes this program unique is that students are taught to consider themselves as an extension of veterinary health care, not an alternative, to minimize rehabilitation time and enhance performance.

The program over 4 weeks includes the modules in:

1.1. Equine Anatomy:
Understanding Anatomy is the cornerstone to practicing Equine Massage Therapy. This course is designed to give the student thorough knowledge of the functions of the skeletal, muscular, circulatory, and nervous systems. This will provide a basis of learning for the modules on massage theory, technique and treatments.

1.2. Equine Physiology:
This part of the course is designed to give the student a general level of understanding of the normal functioning of the equine body systems, their interrelationship, and the nature of homeostatic mechanisms. It will also provide a basis of learning for the other basis’s taught in this program.
2. Conformation and Kinesiology:
Ideal conformation will be examined as well as gait and movement. A thorough understanding of these principles will be applied for the assessment and development of treatment for the horse.

3. Equine Massage Theory and Techniques:
This is designed to give the student the theories of therapeutic equine massage and how to apply the techniques. The module will cover the theory of massage, physical and physiological effects of massage, the clinical approach to treatment, safe and effective treatment plans, and safe and correct manipulations used in the practice of equine massage.

3.1. Equine Massage Treatments:
This course is designed to integrate the theoretical studies of the sciences, case history, assessments, remedial exercise therapy, and practical massage studies into the development of a safe and effective treatment approach.

4. Equine Herbalism

5. Natural Horsemanship
Natural Horsemanship is a complimentary part of the course with lots of interactive riding and relationship with your horse.