The College of Animal Physiotherapy

Equine Sports Massage

  • Equine Sports Massage is the application of recognised massage techniques, adapted to be used on the horse for the purpose of increasing circulation, range of movement and improving overall health and performance.  Massage is one of the oldest and most effective forms of treatment.  It helps to reduce the chances of injury and speed up the healing process when injury has occurred.
  • Massage is beneficial to all equines, from the family pony to top quality competitive horses.  All will benefit and improve from a correctly applied massage.
  • This is a comprehensive, professional course studying massage and stretching techniques.  Successful students will be awarded The College of Animal Physiotherapy's Certification in Equine Sports Massage and will be granted membership of IAAT in the animal massage section. The course will be an advantage when applying for or done alongside the TCAP diploma
  • The course provides the foundation and understanding required to enable the successful graduate to practise within the equine industry as a professional equine masseuse.
  • The course requires the candidates to complete theoretical modules which will be sent to the candidate at the beginning of the course.  Each module will need to be completed and passed before certification can be awarded.
  • The course requires the candidates to complete extensive anatomy and physiology theoretical modules and assessments prior to the practical sessions, which will be sent to the candidate at the beginning of the course. After each practical session, further theoretical modules and assessments will be sent to each student for completion.

The course covers functional anatomy, palpation skills, application of massage to the equine, significant management issues, professional skills for the therapist and practical tuition. Formative assessment will take place throughout the course.

Modules will include:

  • A pre-course study module
  • Skeletal system
  • Muscular system
  • The skin and it's accessory structures
  • Cardiovascular systems
  • Respiratory systems
  • Gastrointestinal tract
  • The endocrine system
  • The nervous system
  • Gait analysis
  • An overview of complimentary massage therapies
  • Submission of case studies for summative assessment
  • A comprehensive multi-faceted final examination (practical written and oral examination)

Each module will need to be completed and passed before certification can be awarded.


The course:

  • The course is available in two formats: a weekend course and an intensive week-long course.
  • Training locations are in the northern Home Counties (Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire), London, Derbyshire and Scotland (Angus).
  • The weekend course takes place over 4 weekends (one a month) consisting of 8 days’ training including the final exams. There is a considerable amount of pre-course work and an assessment following each weekend.
  • The week-long intensive course requires evening assessments to be completed in your own time.
  • The cost of the course is £1,500+ VAT (£1,800) which is to be paid in full prior to the start date. We also offer a 4 or 5 monthly payment plan. Pre-course work will be sent to you upon full payment or once 50% has been paid, two months before the first practical sessions.
  • Pre-requisites: you must be 18 or over and be able to demonstrate a commitment to the equine industry when listing your experience on your CV, ideally with 3 years’ relevant equine experience.

Please email for more details, or apply online

Life as an Animal Physiotherapist

Life as an Animal Physiotherapist involves working under Veterinary referral to provide treatment and rehabilitation for animals. Animal Physiotherapy is an exciting and rewarding career. The most essential requirement is that you have a natural affinity with animals. find out more

Why Train with Us?

We are the original route of training for animal physiotherapy. In the past couple of years, some new courses have come to the market. So why should you choose to train with us? find out more

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