Horse Massage Therapy Professional Certification

I've attended and participated in some really great massage therapy classes. But, Susan's professional certification horse massage therapy workshops are comprehensive and are the best.

Equine health is Susan's passion!

Susan's courses are held in the top barns on the best horses in and around central Florida.

These horse massage therapy training's are all year round. You can attend all of them in any order. It's easy. Susan is a wonderful, natural teacher. You won't miss a thing or a technique.


Horse Massage Therapy Training
Module One

This class is among my favorite topics. It covers the health of the horse's head and neck.

You'll easily learn the importance, and why the head and neck is considered the 5th appendage.

You'll be able to identify and use specific massage therapy techniques on muscles that are involved in movement, flow, and range of motion in the flow of the horse's natural activities, such as...

  • grazing
  • swatting flies
  • chewing

Some horse's go through more intense actions and movements, such as...

  1. dressage reining
  2. eventing
  3. racing
  4. show jumping
  5. western pleasure
  6. working cow horse
  7. ranch horse pleasure and more

To appeal to each student's individual learning style, we offer a variety of tools to allow an easy increased awareness of the horse's structure and function...

  • 3-dimensional clay molding of the muscles
  • assembling an actual equine skeleton together
  • drawing and painting muscles to easily locate where the stress points of each muscle are.
  • tons of time for hands-on, real life horse massage therapy

Date of the next module one class is to be announced for 2019.

Cost: $720

  •  You will receive a certificate of completion recording 24 hours of equine massage therapy training.
  • 24 hours massage therapy awarded for LMTs.

module two - forequarter

In this class we will learn to identify, isolate and massage the muscles (and advance awareness of underlying structures) involved in stillness and in the range of motion available of the horse’s forequarter. Structural analysis, hands on the horses, clay molding, putting together (articulating) the bones of the forelimb, and drawing/painting muscles (on the horses) where stress build up is common are among exciting educational activities offered in this course to allow the student to more easily digest and grasp the information provided.

We will view a variety of horses and observe the range of motion required of various disciplines such as dressage, reining, eventing, racing, show jumping, western pleasure, working cow horse, ranch horse pleasure, and more. 

Date of next horse massage therapy class: 23rd, 24th, 25th March, 2018 (8 hours per day).

Cost: $720

  • You will receive a certificate of completion recording 24 hours of equine massage therapy training.
  • 24 hours massage therapy awarded for LMTs.

module three - hindquarter

The hindquarter course is probably my very favorite (I’ve been known to say this about each class). It’s because this region is the source of power that allows our equine friend to quickly go from zero to upwards of 30mph, cut a single calf out of the herd, execute the perfect piaffe’, “spin on a dime”, jump over an 8ft fence with a human aboard to name just a few of the impressive athletic feats we may enjoy with our equine friend. 

 The student will learn to identify, isolate and massage the muscle(s) acting on the joints of the horse’s hindquarter as well as the strong yet sensitive region of its lower back (lumbar-sacral union) through which power is translated to the rest of the body. We demonstrate and educate each student as to how to efficiently release fibrous bands that may restrict the complete freedom that normally allows the horse’s optimal comfort and movement.

To allow each student to more fully grasp the content of this course we enjoy clay molding of muscles, putting the equine skeleton together (articulating) of the hindquarter (includes lumbar-sacral region), drawing/painting muscles (on the horses), and of course ample time with hands on the horses.  

Date of next horse massage therapy class: 27th, 28th, 29th April, 2018 (8 hours per day).

Cost: $720

  • You will receive a certificate of completion recording 24 hours of equine massage therapy training.
  • 24 hours massage therapy awarded for LMTs.

module four - back, barrel & Belly

The fourth module allows us to connect modules I-IV. We cover from the horse’s muzzle to its tail or more simply, the front of the horse to its rump.  We cover location, action, and attachments of the soft tissue of the horse’s back, barrel and abdomen. 

 Once the student learns how to see/palpate, massage and release tightness (often a bit of bunched tissue as small as a lentil) which may be the cause of your horse refusing leads, or jumps and/or resisting being saddled (particularly tightening of the girth) and how to gently, safely lengthen these areas through soft tissue manipulation they will be on the path of success in providing improved equine body health.

Also covered in the class are gaits and range of motion required of  various disciplines such as dressage, reining, eventing, racing, show jumping, western pleasure, working cow horse, ranch horse pleasure, and more. 

To allow each student to more fully grasp the content of this course we enjoy clay molding of muscles, putting the equine skeleton together (articulating) of the hindquarter (includes lumbar-sacral region), drawing/painting muscles (on the horses), and of course ample time with hands on the horses.  

Date of next horse massage therapy class: 25th, 26, 27th May, 2018 (8 hours per day).

Cost: $720

  • You will receive a certificate of completion recording 24 hours of equine massage therapy training.
  • 24 hours massage therapy awarded for LMTs.

module five - ring of muscles & stay apparatus

Module V brings focus to the stay apparatus, stay mechanism, or reciprocal apparatus, and the Ring of muscles, (bones and ligaments) that allows the horse to sleep while standing, and to engage, collect, bascule, and achieve the balanced synchronicity of movement desired in most disciplines. This class takes the equine body worker, horse enthusiast to the next level and will advance the student to leading edge awareness.

The student continues to increase knowledge of the range of motion required of various disciplines such as dressage, reining, eventing, racing, show jumping, western pleasure, working cow horse, ranch horse pleasure, and more. 

Date of next horse massage therapy class: 29th, 30th June, 1st July, 2018 (8 hours per day).

Cost: $720

  • You will receive a certificate of completion recording 24 hours of equine massage therapy training.
  • 24 hours massage therapy awarded for LMTs.

module six - *horseman-sense

This is one of my favorite classes and was the one I most resisted offering. It is recommended you take this module first if you are wondering if this certification series is for you.  We cover the basics of massage, natural horsemanship, gait analysis, breed recognition, soundness/lameness issues, various pathologies and structural analysis that helps determine for which  discipline(s) each equine specimen is better suited and why. We also enjoy meeting and interacting with other horse health care professionals. This class is a blast and will benefit those eager to advance their massage skills, horsemanship and horse health awareness.

Also covered in the course are the equines’ gaits, breed characteristics and range of motion required of  various disciplines such as dressage, reining, eventing, racing, show jumping, western pleasure, working cow horse, ranch horse pleasure, and more. 

Date of next horse massage therapy class: 20th, 21st, 22nd July, 2018 (8 hours per day).

Cost: $720

  • You will receive a certificate of completion recording 24 hours of equine massage therapy training.
  • 24 hours massage therapy awarded for LMTs.


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