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Course Structure

Our Equine Massage Therapy Courses are flexible, affordable weekend courses designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to begin in practice or continue learning.

Equine Massage Training (UK) makes this course particularly accessible to those already in full-time employment within or outside the equine industry. It will benefit those already working within the industry, offering them a skill to use within their workplace or as a platform to change career direction whilst remaining in the equine industry. It also offers those working outside the equine industry the chance to train in a modality which will give them the opportunity to change career direction whilst retaining the safety net of their present profession.

  • Delivery

    Practical skills in massage are acquired in the context of a sound knowledge of musculo-skeletal anatomy and biomechanics. We offer in depth hands on experience with our trainers to ensure you feel very confident in your abilities once you have completed this course. The course also provides students with professional and business skills to work as a self-employed Equine Massage Therapist.

    Course learning combines the following:
    - Compulsory attendance at each of the weekend practical sessions & the exam date
    - A portfolio of clinical practice- Case Studies
    - Home Study/ Distance Learning including pre-course module
    - Continual assessment both clinical and theoretical
    - Completion of 42 hours additional clinical practice

    Graduates will be eligible for membership of IAAT and other relevant associations.

  • Teaching & Assessment

    Delivered through lectures, practical sessions, videos and supervised case studies.

  • Course Assessment

    - Modules (written)
    - Case studies including reflection
    - Clinical Practice
    - Practical weekend assessment
    - Exam theory and practical

  • Equine Massage Course Content

    The pre-course work will cover:
    - Cellular Organisation
    - Skeletal Structure to include connective tissue
    - The circulatory system
    - The respiratory system
    - The digestive system
    - The nervous system
    - The integumentary system/skin
    - The lymphatic system

    Theory Elements:
    - The horse and massage therapy
    - Principles and concepts of massage
    - The Skeletal System
    - Conformation
    - Muscles insertion and origin
    - The massage routine
    - Muscles issues and damage
    - Gait analysis
    - Massage on injured tissue
    - Stretching, passive and active
    - Thoracic sling, hind limb and reciprocal apparatus
    - Extensor and flexor chains
    - Tack and Saddlery
    - Farriery
    - Competition massage
    - Therapy in practice

    Practical Elements:
    - Massage techniques
    - Massage Routine
    - Identifying muscle groups
    - Stretches
    - Describing and identifying muscle problems
    - Conformation
    - Gait analysis

  • Entry Requirements

    Candidates must be over 18 years of age
    4 G.C.S.E’s grades A – C, including Maths and English.
    Confident handling of horses with a least 2 years’ experience.
    It is recommended but not essential that prospective candidates hold the British Horse Society Horse Knowledge and Care Examinations at a minimum level of Stage 1.
    We actively encourage applications from mature students with prior learning and/or relevant work experience. Competing, owning or working with horses will be considered in place of formal qualifications to determine suitability for the course.
    Successful applicants will be required to purchase appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to include riding hat (PAS015 / BSEN1384 standard). Sturdy boots preferably with a steel toe cap and appropriate clothing for yard/handling. Applicants will be advised on suitable hand nail length and the wearing of jewellery.

  • Is an interview required?

    - Applications must be made in writing/via email with a CV or full explanation of your relevant experience.
    - An interview is required this can be in person, telephone or Skype.

  • Course Fees

    The Course fee from February 2024 will be £1995.00
    Currently, the course fee is £1950 payable before commencement on the course or arrangements can be made to pay course fees in monthly instalments.
    There is a £150 non-refundable deposit to be paid on booking to ensure your place.

    Instalment payment plan
    The instalments can be monthly and worked out on an individual basis. If time permits payments can be spread over as many months as required reducing the monthly amount. The first instalment is due the month prior to the course starting and will trigger receipt of the pre-course work. The £150 deposit will be deducted from your final payment Each month must be paid prior to attending the monthly practical weekend or the course providers reserve the right to exclude you from the monthly practical.

  • Course Dates

    The course will take place throughout the year, details upon request.