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Equine Massage

10 CE Hours - E1010

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  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

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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.

Featured Reviews

I plan to take an Equine Massage certification course next month and wanted to have some preliminary information to prepare me for what I will be learning. This course was perfect! The book by Mike Scott is written in an easy-to- understand way that even lay people would understand and be able to use. It was a great introduction to Equine Massage and I plan to purchase the companion DVD, as well as the DVD for advanced techniques, which are both available from Amazon. I am very happy with this course!

- S.S. LMT in MS

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

- S. Palazzolo, NCTMB

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. Gilliland, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP

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.

- M. Thomas, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP

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!

- Cathleen Pizzutello, LMT

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!

- Rosemary Barnes, BCTMB

I loved learning about Equine Massage. I'm anxious to try it and also learn more about it. Thank you for the information!

- Susan Collins, LMT, BCTMB

I have horses as well as being a barrel racer. I have many friends who, as myself, believe in chiropractic work on horses as well as massage therapy. I enjoyed this course 100%.

- Verlynn L. Jones Mallory, NCTMB

I really enjoyed the Equine massage content.

- Annamaria Maier, LMT

Great Course! I will be using this with my own horse as well as new client horses! It will be a great addition to my horse career!

- Taylor Chase


  • 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.


Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

Sharon Burch holds a Masters Degree in Nursing and has been practicing as a nurse since 1974. She is currently a Registered Nurse in the state of Arkansas. Additionally, Ms. Burch studied under many of today's leaders in massage therapy and bodywork during the 1980s, became Nationally Certified through the NCBTMB in 1993 and holds a professional membership with the AMTA.

As founder of Health Positive!, Ms. Burch has created over 60 home study nursing and massage continuing education programs, performed over 65 public, live educational presentations, has written two published books, served as a member on the NCBTMB Continuing Education committee and was a founding member of the National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists.

Sharon is an instructor on many of the Institute's programs and has authored and co-authored various ethics courses and additional titles such as Touch for the Seriously Ill, Stress Reduction Through Bodywork, Staying Well – Naturally, Cardiopulmonary Health and Illness, Chronic Pain Management, Marketing Massage in Four Easy Steps, Preventing Medical Errors, HIV Update for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers, Understanding HIV, Massage for Edema and more.

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