Equine Integrative Support Therapies

Level 5

(Career Course)





If you are passionate about becoming a first class Equine Massage Therapist from an organisation where you will receive the highest standards of training, materials and support required then this is the course for you!

It is very important to note that there are training organisations offering short courses at low fees in Equine Massage, however such courses will not give you the required knowledge, skills, experience or competency levels to become a Professional Therapist.  A number of Vets whom we work with will not recognise such a qualification. We do not support such training ethics.

EMA is proud to produce highly trained Therapists to meet the growing demand for high quality, caring professionals within the equine complimentary healthcare sector. To achieve this, it has developed a fully integrated career course (UK Rural Skills approved, level 5) aimed at the higher education student.

The study is delivered by Angela Hall and her team of highly competent, approachable Instructors who create a relaxed and enjoyable learning environment during your ‘Attended Learning’ with EMA and then with on-going support during the ‘Distance Learning’ part of the training course.


The course provides extremely high standards of training at competitive fees to equip Therapists for the best possible career in Equine Massage Therapy & Rehabilitation.  We also offer a number of add on CPD (continuing professional development) training days in associated therapies both complementary and alternative which are popular among our Graduates and again supplement your skills in Massage Therapy to be the best you can be.

By training to become a Massage Therapist, even if you chose another equine related career, the knowledge and skills you will have learned are an instant advantage when applying for jobs; employers are keen to have people who can multi-task within their team of horse professionals.

This is aligned to a level 5 nationally accredited training course.




Training Programme


Our training principles are based on objective, evidence based research and a thorough understanding of the horse.  This approach takes into account the horse’s behaviour and psychology and its physical structure including anatomy and physiology with a specific interest in injury prevention and therapy. We also cover a number of relevant supplementary subjects providing an ‘all encompassing’ programme of study, including rider and horse anatomical relationship, the importance of tack and equipment in therapy and much more…. even a unit dedicated to building a successful business and the legalities involved with this including working with other professionals and within the Veterinary Act.

You will learn an immense repertoire of practical massage techniques such as sports massage, deep tissue muscle release, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, joint mobilisation and full passive stretch routines and more!. A combination of all of these techniques produces an Equine Massage Therapist second to none with the skills and ability to help leisure and performance horses of all disciplines to perform and recover better, ultimately enhancing health and wellbeing.


Training Delivery


EMA has designed a flexible study programme to suit all student profiles, whether studying already or in employment. The programme is delivered in two Modules (6 months apart) which incorporates 5 days of ‘Attended Learning’ where we focus on theory and practical massage followed by a period of ‘Distance Learning’ in which you will complete assignments and field based case studies with horses. This leads to a final theory and practical assessment at the 14 month point but this can be extended to suit your circumstances, we are always flexible.  It must be noted here that training courses of a lesser timescale will not train a Therapist to the standard of EMA they will simply teach you the basics!


Tuition Fees


The tuition fees for the course are very competitive given the high standard of training offered by EMA with the UKRS accreditation.


Attendance in the UK training fees:


Module 1 = £1400


Module 2 = £1400


Total Fees = £2800


Final Assessment & Certification = £150

*Monthly Payment Plans are available *




Entry Criteria


We welcome applications from at least ONE of the following categories: We do not discriminate against any applicants – each application is taken on its own merit.  If in doubt if you will qualify for a place on our training programme please get in touch and we will be happy to help you


  • Experienced horse owners who have a good general standard of education (A level)

  • Those who might already possess a higher level Equestrian qualification.

  • Experience of working in the horse industry in a professional capacity as a Physiotherapist, Trainer, Riding Instructor, Veterinary Nurse, Dentist, Farrier, Groom etc.

  • Possession of a human massage qualification with ownership/experience of horses.

If you do not meet at least ONE of the above criteria for the level 5 training you might want to study the level 4 which has a progression route onto the level 5. (see the career course Equine Sports Massage for Athletic Performance)

Please do get in touch with any queries so that we can guide you appropriately



Please complete and return the application form below and we can then discuss course dates and venues.


Possible Training Progression