Equine Sports and Rehabilitation Massage

Embark on a professional journey to become a Certified Equine Sports & Rehabilitation Massage Therapist (Cert. ESMT) through our Accredited course. Upon completion, you’ll qualify for Professional Therapist Insurance, recognised by prestigious organisations such as UK Rural Skills and the International Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork. This opportunity is open to individuals with a BHS 2 certification or equivalent, or those with a strong equine background supported by exceptional references.

Course overview

Module 1 - Equine anatomy and physiology

  • Horse anatomical terms
  • The respiratory system
  • The circulatory system
  • The nervous system
  • The endocrine system
  • The lymphatic system
  • The digestive system
  • The skeletal system 
  • Bones 
  • Joints
  • Ligaments and tendons
  • Fascial System

Module 2 - The muscular system

  • The muscular system
  • Introduction to stress points
  • The main skeletal muscles
  • Superficial/deep muscles of the horse
  • Origins and insertions including action
  • Body parts and their stress points
  • Hind quarter action including stress points
  • Muscle related issues – atrophy/strain/azoturia

Module 3 - Principles and concepts of massage

  • Contraindications to massage
  • The benefits of massage
  • The effects of massage
  • Health and safety
  • Therapists correct posture
  • Massage moves
  • Massage techniques
  • Gait analysis
  • Conformation and evaluating the horse – pre assessments
  • Palpation

Module 4 - Treatments and running a business

  • Instinctive behaviour
  • Tack
  • Recognising signs of release
  • Massage routines (practical training days)
  • Stretching
  • Record keeping
  • Veterinary/owner reports
  • Starting your new business including HMRC (for UK students)
  • Useful new business links
  • Marketing strategies  

Course Fees

Pay Monthly

Spread the cost of your course by paying monthly. There are 4 modules in total and 6 practical days.
£162.50 x 12 Months

Complete Course

Pay in full for all 4 modules which include the 6 practical days. (This is a huge saving of £260)

Get Started Today

Our free-to-register online learning portal allows our students to enrol on courses, practical days, virtual days and complete assessments all from the comfort of your saddle.