Equine sports massage is the therapeutic application of hands-on techniques, long recognized for increasing circulation and range of motion as well as for improving the horse’s stamina and overall performance. It also relieves muscle spasm and tension and enhances muscle tone. Overuse, over- stretching and overloading of muscles can cause tissue lesions which can restrict motion and create pain. The same applies to our canine friends.
Once the Equinology Equine Body Worker Foundation course was in place we found that many students asked about additional techniques such as the recognition of saddle fitting issues and dental problems, the identification of gait abnormalities and the subsequent effect on the athletic performance of the horse. This is how the programme came to include more specific modules which address key factors that play an important role in the performance of the horse. Through being taught the appropriate approach and terminology of these contributory factors, students can communicate effectively with other professionals involved in the maintenance and well-being of equines and canines alike.
All our courses are presented in modular format, allowing students to move up through the levels of certification at his/her own pace. This is especially interesting to many of our students for whom a full-time study might not always be a viable option, as they already have a full-time career, either within or outside the profession.