HORSE MASSAGE TRAINING COURSES
Angela Hall is the founder of EMA, a highly qualified professional with a wealth of international equestrian therapy and teaching experience. Her love for horses is clear when you observe her working with them and she constantly explores how the human and horse partnership can be improved upon.
She remains current with scientific research and how it relates to her work and teachings whilst always exploring new techniques to add to her extensive repertoire of skills.
Angela is inspired and constantly strives to make the world a better place for horses in all walks of life and suggests that:
‘Whether we support an equestrian discipline or not, as Therapists we should be proud to treat all horses as they all need our help.’
She has worked with traumatised, abused and rescued horses and ponies (far too common place in our society) to Group 1 world class racehorses and Grand Prix Dressage and Show Jumping horses They are all horses to her, each fulfilling a unique equestrian role and more often than not, need our support.
Many people say Angela has a special gift with horses when observing her at work, but she feels that her interaction with horses and the success of her therapy is based largely on a heightened sensitivity of intuition, trust and respect and above all, a deep passion to help fix them. She draws on her knowledge of science constantly during therapy, whilst also working very closely with the spirit of the horse. She seems to instinctively know exactly where to work on the horse, which in turn encourages it to work with her, resulting in both amazing and tangible results. Her skills and talents are shared with every single student who trains with EMA.
Angela is proud to awarded the status of Fellow of the International Society of Animal Professionals which was founded to improve animal welfare around the world. She also has corporate membership for EMA. She is also an Associate Member of IRVAP (Institute of Registered Veterinary & Animal Physiotherapists)
Angela is also a Level 4 Qualified External Quality Assessor, having experience in this role for LANTRA in externally assessing their equine training courses throughout the UK.
Therapy & Teachings
Angela has worked with thousands of horses in therapy and recognises that high quality Therapists need to always work with integrity and be the most professional and innovative they can be. The ongoing support of a top training organisation like EMA, committed to continued learning and business growth helps them to achieve these goals.
EMA has developed a first class, fully accredited, award winning career course that is taught internationally. Another unique element of the evolving training programme is the vast array of short continuing development courses we offer to EMA graduates to help them further enhance both their equine massage skills and overall business awareness and quality.
We have an EMA community of students and graduates who support one another through their career, which is such an important part of the EMA ethos, no one ever feels alone.
Opportunities to join the EMA teaching team are also actively encouraged. We operate a Training Agent Scheme whereby graduates can help other horse owners develop massage skills thus helping to spread the word about the importance of therapy, assists Graduates with business progression and provides them with an additional form of income.
In addition, we also employ Graduates in other teaching roles across our equine and canine therapy business. More can be seen about a small selection of our Graduates in the ‘Graduate Spotlight’ section of the website.
Our long standing relationship with Bishop Burton College in Yorkshire, allows us to use first class teaching facilities at a centre of excellence for EMA’s courses. We have a valued and well respected collaboration with the college where we perform specific guest lectures to degree students and offer the practical equine industry training in ‘massage therapy’ alongside their well-established BSc Equine Therapy & Rehabilitation course.
We also teach to an international audience such as Singapore, China, United Arab Emirates, and our new, but very popular, Therapy course for the racing industry is currently gaining much credence in Ireland.
Our work with Veterinary Surgeons and other Professionals
There has been a significant and positive shift towards complimentary therapies both in the human and animal field in the last decade. The expertise of Veterinary Surgeons supported by Equine Therapists, Farriers, Saddlers, Behaviourists etc, we feel is integral to the overall health and welfare of the horse. It’s all about horse owners and other professionals opening their minds to how successfully we can all work together as a team of horse care specialists, by combining the ‘traditional approach’ and the ‘complimentary approach’. Horses need their musculo-skeletal system checking as often as they need a farrier visit. No one would service their car and miss out a vital component!
EMA’s top tip to horse owners
Patience, kindness and everything slowly with horses. Whatever you are doing with your horse always remember it is a highly sensitive and spiritual animal and enjoys being peaceful. Horse’s that are in pain, anxious and badly behaved are a result of human intervention, we often force them to do things when they don’t feel up to it. They can’t rationalise like humans so they really don’t understand what we are asking of them. We need to give them something back for all the love, hard work, loyalty and sometimes the 'machine like' existence we impose on them. Regular massage therapy is a perfect way to help your horse to be happy and stay healthy whilst also enhancing the human and horse bond.