Equine Massage

Discover a unique career path where you can combine your love for horses and penchant for wellness. Learn the various skills you need to challenge your potential and succeed in the equine industry.

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    In-Class: Instructor-led classes held in-person at one or more of our 8 campuses.
    Hybrid: Instructor-led classes on a set schedule held remotely on video over the Internet, with some courses delivered in-person at one of our 8 campuses.
    Remote: Instructor-led classes on a set schedule, held remotely live on video over the Internet.
    Online: Flexible schedule with a set weekly pace and the support of facilitators when you need it; delivered over the Internet.
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    88 Weeks



    Program Outline

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    About The Program

    With this 88-week Equine Massage diploma program, you can get 991 hours of practical experience within the classroom and barn setting. Master massage theory and techniques plus equine anatomy, physiology, pathology, and management. Before completing your program, you will cap off your learning experience with a one-on-one career assistance from our knowledgeable Employment Specialists to seamlessly land your dream job.

    Career Opportunities

    Most Equine Massage Therapists are self-employed and travel to meet clients at various locations – barns or a public facility. You can work with veterinarians, coaches, trainers, horse care specialists, and horse owners.

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    Employment Rate*

    $ 16

    Average Wage/HR**

    $ 40

    High Wage/HR**

    *Employment Rate based on 2021 contactable triOS graduates employed in a related field within 12 months.


    NOC Code: 6564/65229 - **Wage data rounded down to the nearest dollar. Average wage doesn't reflect the starting salary but represents the middle value between lowest to highest wages. Local (or regional) income may vary. Last updated in Dec 2022.

    Program Details

    Do you want to be a part of the veterinary health care system? Are you looking to turn your love for animals into a full-time job? If so, then the Equine Massage program is just what you need to launch your new career. With the growing demand for expertly trained Equine Massage Therapists, you can now help rehabilitate equine athletes while helping their owners maximize the potential of their horses.

    Be a part of the veterinary health care system by learning equine anatomy, behaviour, and physiology, equine massage theory and techniques, and skills to treat and manage equine. By joining the Equine Massage program at triOS, you will enroll into the only program of its kind in North America; it teaches you ways in which to incorporate both theory and technique into your day-to-day practice of equine massage.

    Students enrolled in the program receive:

    • Professional liability insurance coverage while visiting barns.
    Course Listings
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    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Equine Anatomy
    Understanding anatomy is the cornerstone to practising Equine Massage Therapy. This course is designed to give the student thorough knowledge of the functions of the skeletal, muscular, circulatory, nervous, visceral and integumentary systems. This will provide a basis of learning for the modules on massage theory, technique and treatments.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Equine Behaviour
    The student learns about normal and abnormal equine behaviour and increases their ability to understand equine communication. The student will learn to apply this knowledge and understanding to allow for effective handling during treatment.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Business Management
    This course is designed to provide the student with the basic skills needed to run a small business. It will cover business planning, advertising, finances, maintaining records, and the regulations controlling the operation of a small business.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Conformation and Kinesiology
    Ideal conformation will be examined as well as gait and movement. A thorough understanding of these principles will be applied for the assessment and development of treatment for the horse.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Outreach
    Community outreach is a supervised practical program for the benefit of students to reinforce and acquire further experience in the development of their skills and knowledge in equine massage therapy.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Mega Mocks
    Mega Mock preparations for the students include a review of all important topics throughout the two years of study, as well as an overview of the Mega Mock Exams. These exams are the exit exams for the student from the program and must be successfully completed in order to graduate. These exams also prepare the students for their respective entrance exams to the International Federation of Registered Equine Massage Therapists.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Equine Hydrotherapy & Other Complementary Therapies
    Students learn to apply the principles of heat and cold to various injuries, including baths, packs and poultices. Students are also provided with a basic understanding of other forms of therapy such as magnetic therapy and laser therapy.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Equine Management 1
    This course will provide the student with an in-depth study of the basic horse handeling skills including haltering, leading, grooming, bandageing and booting, various types of tack and equipment as well as safe trailering of horses.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Equine Management 2
    This course will provide the student with an in-depth study of the various breeds of horses, equine disciplines, nutrition, equine care, and safe management procedures.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Equine Pathology
    The student will be introduced to the most common equine pathologies. This base of knowledge will be utilized when addressing specific treatments of the horse. The student will gain the understanding of pathologies which may alter their treatment or the outcome of treatment.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Equine Physiology
    This course is designed to give the student a general level of understanding of the normal functioning of the equine body systems, their interrelationship, and the nature of homeostatic mechanisms. It will also provide a basis of learning for the other courses taught in this program.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Professionalism and Ethics
    Students are taught their role as a professional and ethical practitioner of equine massage therapy. It will cover scope of practice, values and standards, education, and their ability to take proper actions as a therapist and entrepreneur.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Equine Remedial Exercises
    Students will learn various methods of rehabilitating a horse, strength training techniques as well exercises useful in the maintenance of fitness of horses. Students will be expected to build controlled exercise and rehabilitative programs.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Equine Research
    Class time will be used to teach students skills to help evaluate the validity of articles and research papers. Upon completion of class time students will be required to find a horse with an injury or pathology which may be helped with massage therapy. They will be required to submit a research paper on the pathology. In addition the student will design a treatment plan for the horse, implement the plan and document their results.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Equine Massage Theory and Techniques
    This course is designed to give the student the theories of therapeutic equine massage and how to apply the techniques. The module will cover the theory of massage, physical and physiological effects of massage, the clinical approach to treatment, safe and effective treatment plans, and safe and correct manipulations used in the practice of equine massage.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Equine Massage Treatments
    This course is designed to integrate the theoretical studies of the sciences, case history, assessments, hydrotherapy, remedial exercise therapy, and practical massage studies into the development of a safe and effective treatment approach.
    Admission Requirements
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    – High school graduation diploma, or Mature Student Status (for more information please refer to the Program Outline at the top of this page or speak to your Education Consultant)

    – triOS College Pre-Science Course, or its equivalent

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