Equine Massage

          Massage is recognized as an important element in keeping horses healthy and comfortable, as well as improving their movement.  It is an important part of the health care today's horsemen demand, and you can provide such service.  Earn your Equine Massage Certificate of Achievement from the Equine Studies Institute when you complete this online course.....cost is $275.

          This course teaches more than just the techniques for massaging the superficial muscles of the horse.  It is designed to provide students with the knowledge to see the "whole horse"-movement and muscular development, injuries allied to the work performed, outside factors that affect comfort, as well as massage techniques and the actual massage.

          A complete approach to equine massage, the course details the muscular/skeletal system, correct biomechanics, variations and abnormalities, muscle stresses and injuries.  Students learn to evaluate the horse, locating problems and formulating a plan for successful massage.  There is a lesson on simple exercises to re-program the horse's movement patterns to loosen muscular restrictions and alleviate soreness.

         In addition to quizzes, students will have to write reports for lesson assignments and videos that show their proficiency in massage techniques and practice.  Completion of this course is all that is required by most states to allow the practice of equine massage as a profession.  However, laws are constantly under review and you should check with your state to determine requirements.

         Once this online course is satisfactorily completed, students may apply for "Massage Therapist Certification" from Lindquist/Horses in Motion.  The "certification test out" will be done in several phases.  Students will submit videos showing them at work.  The student is not required to travel.  Cost of the "Massage Therapist Certification" test out is $500; arrangements must be made with instructor Betty Lindquist.

         Lesson 1:  Presents an introduction to equine massage, explaining various types of massage, benefits and contraindications.

         Lesson 2:  A presentation of equine anatomy and terminology; how the horse skeleton compares to the human skeleton and how the muscles move bones to create movement.

         Lesson 3:  Areas of stress associated with various riding disciplines and to how to recognize signs and signals of discomfort from external factors.

         Lesson 4:  Reading the body of the horse when standing still and when in movement; establishing a history and determining how and when massage will be beneficial.

          Lesson 5:  Focus is on saddle fit, feet, teeth and over training and the muscle injury progression associated with each.

         Lesson 6:  Present the various "massage techniques" required to accommodate the various needs of the individual horse.

         Lesson 7:  Presents the requirements and techniques for the full body massage with full descriptions and graphic directions.

         Lesson 8: Presents movement exercises from the ground and under saddle as an adjunct to the use of equine massage.

         Required Reading:  
Horse Anatomy: A Coloring Atlas
Suggested Reading: Horse Anatomy - Peter C. Goody

          These books can be purchased on the online college bookstore. 


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                                Start any program at anytime - no waiting for a semester to begin
                                Work at your own pace - you will not be "locked out" if you do not complete the course
                                  within a specific time.
                                Work one-on-one with your instructor
                                You can take just one course. 

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