Equine Massage Academy (EMA) was the original pioneer of equine massage for horse owners training courses, since then we have expanded our professional training  through EMA,   to a platform (HOTA). Designed purely for horse owners to bridge the gap between themselves and Therapists, Vets, Scientists etc, by creating an informed knowledge base underpinned by science, experience and industry expertise to  further enhance the health and wellbeing of all horses. This is to benefit not only horse owners but also associated people such as grooms, riding instructors, stable staff etc, who are around horses on a day-to-day basis.


Nowadays there are many conflicting messages and information circulating on social media, magazines etc that can be overwhelming for both new and experienced horse owners and attempting to understand this fast paced, rapidly changing and confusing environment driven by clever marketing campaigns isn’t easy – there seems to be a high price tag with everything ‘equestrian’.

We have taken the myth out of many subjects and give you evidence based advice instead of being tempted into buying equipment, gadgets, training aids and so on that are not necessary and some can actually be detrimental – we have seen this often in our professional work especially with equipment that has no scientific backing or research behind it being used to ‘rehabilitate’ horses.

Our courses are multimedia, delivered through a professional presentation, industry expert Instructors, many have a hands-on practical element and all are accompanied by a comprehensive training manual and certificate of attendance.


You will not be disappointed with the training courses and the quality of the learning content, which mirrors our professional courses. Accredited to level 3, you are guaranteed to receive a course with substance that is quality assured.



Our courses are based on:

Empathy, Integrity, Science and Alternative Approaches

Courses are available to suit your circumstances, budget and learning preferences as follows:


  •  Attended – these are multi-media format with a practical element, held through HOTA at an equestrian facility with a group of learners.

  •  On-line with Instructor – these are multi-media format with an instructor held via zoom. They are very interactive with questions and answers. 

  •  On-line are delivered via our on-line training platform with the learner accessing the training at their own convenience and pace.


All courses, irrespective of delivery style,  come complete with a training manual for on-going reference and a certification of attendance.


The categories of courses are as follows:


  • MANAGEMENT SERIES – these have a specific focus on management and welfare, keeping and maintaining your horse the best it can be.

  • HEALTHCARE SERIES – these have a specific focus on health and wellbeing, optimizing the health of your horse, helping to avoid illness.

  • TRAINING & PERFORMANCE SERIES – these have a specific focus on optimizing your horse’s performance through correct training and to help with prevention of injury.


Some examples of what we offer (we have 20 courses in total):












and many more…


Who is your nearest HOTA Representative

To learn more about this unique collection of educational opportunities for horse owners, please contact your HOTA Representative for details of the courses they teach:

Those currently not listed will have a HOTA Representative coming soon !


Dianne Cornthwaite

Based: Northern Equine Therapy Centre, Settle


Trish Robson


Based: Otterburn, Northumberland


Hayley Midgley

Based: Longlakes Farm, Immingham

SOUTH WEST (from 2022)

Tara Price

Based: Bristol


Donna Barker

Based: Winterton, Scunthorpe


Kate Downton-Smith

Based: Berkshire

We also have a Facebook presence: