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The Applied Equine Manual Therapy training integrates equine behaviour and biomechanics with soft tissue work and skeletal mobilisations.

To qualify for the primary certificate in Applied Equine Manual Therapy, students must complete the Equine Merishia Massage Certificate before continuing. The Equine Merishia Massage course includes home study and four practical tuition dates.  Other equine massage qualifications will be considered. Please contact us for more information.

Other elements include:
Understanding Horses: Distance learning (with practical assessment during the practical elements of the course) in ‘Reading the Response of the Horse‘ and the ‘Applied Equine Handling Skills‘. They ensure that the student has an understanding of essential equine body language, and provide skills to help them safely and appropriately handle horses. It includes some simple advice that may be useful for owners. It is not uncommon for horses to be mis-read or misunderstood, and sometimes a simple change in handling can make a big change in the horse.

Soft tissue work, mobilisation and stretches (1 day): We revise and discuss techniques we currently use, and then practically work through some additional techniques. These include further muscle release techniques, work on the fascia, joint mobilisations and stretches.

Holistic Saddle Fitting (1 day): Hannah Griffiths, holistic saddle fitter / designer and ride with your mind instructor, combines her knowledge of biomechanics with her detailed knowledge of saddle production and what is available in the industry. She brings in current information from science based studies and her own experience with competition and family horses.

Advanced massage and quick fire release techniques (1 day): This.  If you have completed the Merishia Massage level 4 training, you will have already done this element, so no need to repeat it.  If you haven’t, you will need to attend this.

Myofascial release (level 1): This two day workshop is run by Myofascial specialist, Dawn McCaig. Students are given the opportunity to apply the techniques to each other before working on the horses. A non intrusive technique which can stimulate the body to release tension and realign, and can help with release of emotional trauma.

Integration assessment: This can be arranged to tie in with the final module or another course during your attendance.  You are expected to assess appropriately and integrate the techniques to suit the horse.

Homework: Student practice record , modular homework (where required), reflective journal, 2 research projects (1 – 2000 words each), 5 case studies

The Cost
You may pay for each module as you go. There is information on dates and costs on the diary page.

Second level certificate: Students must complete at least 6 of the following modules (including the Myfascial Release level 2 and the Integration day). Advanced assessment techniques, level 2 Myofascial training (cranial work), level 3 Myofascial release (as long as level 2 completed), Structural Analysis (online), Muscle testing for Animal therapists, Photo-therapy, Equine TTouch, Equine Kinesiology taping, Bitting, Integration day. In addition, students must complete two research projects (1 – 2000 words, and 5 integrative case studies). Costing depends on choice, and can be paid as attended.