About this course

This course is designed to give you an insight into Equine Massage. The course gives you a thorough understanding of the horses' anatomy as it is crucial you understand this in order to appreciate how massage works and influences the horse. The course also introduces you to the stretches and massage techniques that you can use on your own horse at home. If you are thinking of a career in Equine Massage this is a perfect introduction to the subject.

Who is this course suitable for?

  • Horse Owners wanting to learn about techniques for warming their horses up, cooling them down, using stretching and massage techniques in order to maintain their health, welfare, and soundness.
  • Horse Owners wanting to learn to massage their horses themselves as part of their daily and weekly routine.
  • People wanting a ‘taster’ of massage, perhaps thinking of a career in Equine Massage or Physiotherapy
  • Students wanting to learn more about the anatomy of the horse, particularly related to structure and movement.

Course Snapshot

  • Eleven Learning Activities and five modules
  • Anatomy Pack
  • Access to video clips of various massage techniques taught in the course
  • Two assessments
  • Unlimited tutor support throughout the course
  • Live webinar chats with your tutor and fellow students
  • Advice as to how to progress towards a career in equine massage.

Course Curriculum

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  Module One - Introduction to Sports Massage
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  Module Two- Equine Anatomy
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  Module Three
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  Module Four
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  Module Five
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  Module Six
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Course Author and Tutor: Emily Thorp

"My love for horses started very young. I started riding at a local riding school, I then was very lucky to be bought my own pony. I was a member of Bisley Pony Club and became a keen competitor. I moved on to horses at 16 and have been lucky to ride and compete some lovely horses.

This interest then drove me to find a career where I would be able to work with horses. I used to have sports massage therapists and Physio's out to my own horses, and thats where my interest in the anatomy and the biomechanics of how a horse works, led me to train as a sports massage therapist with the renowned Mary Bromley.

This course helps you to think of the horse as a whole and shows you how every system is linked and important. It will give you a better understanding of your horses anatomy, how the muscles work and how you can help the performance of your horse. This will benefit both you and your horse no matter whether they are a happy hacker or out competing."

Esme Watts

"By doing your distance learning course, it not only allowed me to secure a place on the next course but it also gave me an insight into what I would be learning and allowed me to prepare and get some practice in. I can't recommend you guys enough, always there to offer support, answer questions and take on board feedback. Also due to being allowed a year to complete the course it allows you to still complete it even when working aswell. I'm so happy I chose you guys and I would recommend anyone wishing to do further equine education to enrol on one of your courses first, as it allows you to find out if you enjoy the subject and get a good overall picture whilst receiving some great support!"

Rebecca Dent

"Maisie & I have received the certificate, thank you very much! It was a fantastic course, brilliant to do alongside my Equine Veterinary Nursing apprenticeship I am doing, and has given me a great insight into equine massage. I hope to explore it further when I am a qualified veterinary nurse in a couple of years time!"

Dawn Jelley

"I have definitely learnt so much on this course and improved my carrot stretches. My horse is a big, young horse and sometimes it is quite tough keeping up with him as he grows, so the massage is definitely something nice to do to bond and between our regular physio visits."

Louise Magill

"I'm absolutely delighted with my results, this course has helped myself and my horses no end, for me I found it wonderfully educating, extremely therapeutic and found myself in a wonderfully calm headspace whilst carrying out the massage and stretching techniques. For my horse Danny - well, without a doubt it helped speed up his recovery from a pelvic injury, and with Murphy it gave him great relief and basically loosened him out as he would be quite stiff, watching them ZONE OUT during their massage was priceless and very rewarding for me to know that now I can help them on a daily basis to keep in top shape to allow them to perform to their best both mentally and physically, so for this I thank you ."

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts as soon as you have enrolled. It is a completely self paced online - you decide how much time you would like to devote to the course depending on what other demands on your time you have!

How does studying this course via distance learning work?

Once you have enrolled on the course, you can begin steadily working your way through the modules completing learning activities and assessments. There is no need to travel anywhere to take this course.

Will I receive support from Equine Distance Learning?

You receive the full support of a tutor who will be allocated to you when you enrol. You can contact your tutor as little or as often as you need to for support and guidance. You can contact your tutor by phone or by email, depending on your preference.

How is this course assessed?

The Introduction to Equine Massage course is assessed in two ways. You will need to complete an online test taken at home. You will also need to upload videos of your self demonstrating the stretches and massage techniques you learn throughout the course to us. We will provide with you full instructions on how to do this once you are ready. The videos will be assessed by your tutor and feedback given to you.

Does this course qualify me to practise equine massage as a career?

This course is an introduction to equine massage only and, as such, will not qualify you to practise the massage techniques on any horses other than your own. It is a fantastic course to take if you are thinking of a career in this field as it gives you a thorough grounding of the massage techniques you will need to master for a career in this field. It will also provide you with a thorough knowledge of the horse's anatomy which is essential to have in order to understand the benefits of massage for a horse. After completing the course, if you wish to pursue equine massage as a career you will need to undertake further study - we can give you advice as to where you can go next.

Can international students study this course?

YES! All of our courses are designed to be taken from anywhere in the world and we have many international students taking courses with us!

What if I am unhappy with the course?

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.

Are there any further costs associated with the course?

There are no further costs to pay for students based in the UK.. The fee you pay on enrolment covers all course material, tutor support, marking and certification.