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 Registered Equine Massage Therapist works with veterinarians, coaches, trainers, horse care specialists and horse owners.

Our equine massage therapy program is the only registered program of it’s kind in North America and offers the most intensive program to date in equine massage. With the assistance of veterinarians, registered massage therapists, C.E.F. 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. Our students work in conjunction with veterinarians to minimize rehabilitation time and enhance performance.

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Classes begin in September of every year.

The program is 2200 hours in length and includes courses in:

Understanding Anatomy is the cornerstone to practising Equine Massage Therapy. This course is designed to give the student thorough knowledge of the functions of the skeletal, muscular, circulatory, nervous, visceral and integumentary systems. This will provide a basis of learning for the modules on massage theory, technique and treatments.
This 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 courses taught in this program.
The student will be introduced to the most common equine pathologies. This base of knowledge will be utilized when addressing specific treatments of the horse. The student will gain the understanding of pathologies which may alter their treatment or the outcome of treatment.
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.
This course 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.
This course is designed to integrate the theoretical studies of the sciences, case history, assessments, hydrotherapy, remedial exercise therapy, and practical massage studies into the development of a safe and effective treatment approach.
Students learn to apply the principles of heat and cold to various injuries, including baths, packs and poultices. Students are also provided with a basic understanding of other forms of therapy such as magnetic therapy and laser therapy.
The student learns about normal and abnormal equine behaviour and increases their ability to understand equine communication. The student will learn to apply this knowledge and understanding to allow for effective handling during treatment.
This course will provide the student with an in-depth study of the various breeds of horses, equine disciplines, nutrition, equine care, and safe management procedures.
Students are taught their role as a professional and ethical practitioner of equine massage therapy. It will cover scope of practice, values and standards, education, and their ability to take proper actions as a therapist and entrepreneur.
This course is designed to provide the student with the basic skills needed to run a small business. It will cover business planning, advertising, finances, maintaining records, and the regulations controlling the operation of a small business.
Class time will be used to teach students skills to help evaluate the validity of articles and research papers. Upon completion of class time students wii be required to find a horse with an injury or pathology which may be helped with massage therapy. They will be required to submit a research paper on the pathology. In addition the student will design a treatment plan for the horse, implement the plan and document their results.