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    Are there equine massage therapy or body work programs available online that are worthwhile? I don’t need certification, but I do want to learn techniques that will actually be useful to my horses. I am most interested in learning massage and palpitation technique to identify pain and stiffness in my horses, with the idea of addressing minor soreness and calling in better help for big issues.

    I’d rather pay $500 for a good program than $200 for woo woo, but I don't need a course designed for veterinarians because I’m not trying to fight above my weight class.
    What programs have you tried and liked?

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    I would think that is something to be learned only hands on? I think you could learn the anatomy online, but each horse is slightly different. Also how do you learn the "feel" of the job?
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    • #3
      I went through an online equine massage program. I was required to take video performing various techniques which was sent to the instructor for critique. Now that I'm complete with the online portion, I have to have 50 hours of hands-on massage practice and two case studies. At least two massages have to be done on video and sent to the instructor for critique. The course heavily focused on anatomy.

      I don't plan to make a business out of it so I wasn't worried about attending an in-person course. I have five horses and wanted to be able to competently massage my own. It home use is your intent I would think an online course would be fine.
      "People ask me 'will I remember them if I make it'. I ask them 'will you remember me if I don't?'"


      • #4
        I had the privilege of meeting Jack Meagher, and a good friend of mine produced this video for him. You can also get the book. I would think it would suffice for personal use.


        • #5
          Cmdrcltr, how very cool you got to meet him! I have his book- it is tattered and dog eared I’ve used it so much. OP, I think Jim Masterson May have an online course. I have his book and DVD. I also have a book by Jean-Pierre Hourdebaight which is quite good.


          • #6
            I've been wanting to do an online course as well. Same thing, just for my personal horses, not as a business. I was signed up for a weekend class on basic equine massage techniques but of course it got postponed due to the COVID-19. I think now that a lot of us are in quarantine that it's a great time to learn new things. Plus it will just help you get more educated on your horse and also strengthen your relationship with your horse. Let us know what you decide. I'm leaning towards ordering the DVD's from Jim Masterson's website rather than an online course.


            • #7
              Doing the "academic" stuff on line is a very good idea.

              The practicum is something that needs to be done under the guidance of a "hands on" instructor.

              Would you hire a farrier who was trained purely based upon on-line instruction? How about a vet? It seems to me that this type of "veterinary treatment" (and this is a veterinary treatment) needs more than just "screen time."

              As an aside, my wife is a graduate of the UT Medical School in Memphis and we were there recently for her 50th class reunion. The amount of simulation being used is truly dramatic and encompasses using devices and actors in teaching clinical skills. Even with this she was a bit "goosey" about the amount of real patient contact that theses new students had when compared with what she had 50 years ago. One of the developers of their program was recruited from a company that develops aviation simulators. I'm a retired Naval Aviator and we've been doing simulation since 1912. I got to chat with him about it and we agreed that the aviation world is orders of magnitude ahead of the medical world in this process. We also agreed that there are some very real, substantial differences in the two worlds. With airplanes any given representative of a model is going to be virtually identical. No two humans are absolutely identical, with the sole, possible exception identical twins.

              And the BIG difference between simulation and actual flying is the "pucker factor." In a simulator, no matter how realistic, you KNOW in your "heart of hearts" that no matter what happens you won't die. In a real airplane you know that you CAN die. That makes a huge difference in metal attitude. When the medical student confronts a simulation they have the same "mental issue."

              Do lots of stuff on line where possible as it is very cost effective. But you're going to charge money to render any sort of veterinary care then you MUST have completed some sort of "in person" training and evaluation.

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