Equine Massage


10 CE Hours

Course Options:

  • Text Materials Shipped and Test Online
  • Materials and Test Shipped to You


This course presents equine anatomy and physiology, assessment strategies, safety issues for both the horse and the therapist, the theory behind appropriate massage techniques, a discussion of how the author applies techniques in various situations, how he uses stretches to benefit the horse, and how to he uses attention when touching horses.

The easy to use format of the course text provides margins on each page for note taking, at a glance tables in the applications and anatomy sections and clearly understood photos. A guide for the professional as well as a starting point for the layperson or aspiring therapist, the methods described in the course text are safe for both the horse and owner.

In this course, you will learn:

  • how horses respond to massage
  • to manage muscle soreness and exertion in horses
  • recommendations for common injuries and lameness
  • important equine anatomical structures and muscles
  • to read a horse's movements to determine the best way to approach massage
  • how to use compression, direct pressure, friction, fascial stretching, strain/counterstrain and percussion/tapotement techniques on a horse

Note: Check with your state massage board regarding animal massage regulations and scope of practice in your state.

Course Reviews

S. Gilliland, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP

LOVED this course. I am a Human Massage therapist but I also have horses and compete at top levels with them in Barrel Racing. Course was amazing cant wait to help mine and other horses out.

S. Palazzolo, NCTMB

Thought the written material was very well presented. Love horses! I will now see them with new eyes! I would highly recommend this program!

Melissa Thomas, LMT

I loved this course. I have 6 horses and every one of them will benefit from it. I have been interested in equine massage for a while. I would love to incorporate it in my practice.

Cathleen Pizzutello, LMT

I have been doing Equine Massage and was a student of Linda Tellington Jones and Jack Meagher. Thought this would be very simplified but found it well done and detailed. Thank you!

Rosemary Barnes, BCTMB

LOVED this course. The author presented his extensive knowledge in a concise and easy to understand manner. I'd love to take an advanced course from the same Therapist, Mike Scott. Thank you so much!

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  • Text - 197 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to test online please select the "test online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.

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