Equine Massage Course - 2 Days

Currently there are no courses planned in Auckland for 2022 due to COVID -19

To register go to: www.powerstarnutrition.co.nz




Learn How to Massage Your Horse

This course is designed to teach basic principles of Equine Massage to horse owners so they can give a deep tissue massage to friends and families horses. The techniques taught are very simple and effective.

This course teaches a variety of topics. At the end of it, participants will come away feeling excited with their increased awareness and understanding of the horse. This can be compared to arriving at the course with foggy glasses. At the end of the course you will leave with clean glasses. You will see and notice things that have slipped by in the past.
Every horse suffers from some degree of muscular pain and stress. Not all of us are aware of this or have the specific training to determine between the horse playing up and whether he is in pain.


No prior massage experience is needed, just a love of helping horses.
At the end of the course everyone will have a greater understanding how the horse uses its muscles correctly and what the rider needs to do to achieve this. When we unlock the muscles through massage and mobilisation, we then allow and teach the horse to move correctly. When the horse moves more correctly the muscles develop in the correct places which reduce the risk of injury, soreness and joint related issues.


The most important aspect of being a therapist is being there for the horse. The horse comes first. Whether it is your own horse or other peoples it is great if you can help. It can be frustrating at times when somethings wrong and you have to wait days or weeks for the therapist to come treat your horse. With a few skills learnt on the course you will be able to help your own horse and others.

There is nothing more rewarding, finishing a treatment on someone else's horse and the owner shows appreciation. When the horse looks relaxed and happy during the session is a great sign. On the follow up visit the owner is so happy and grateful she has her horse back on track. Owning a horse can really play on the emotions. When the horse is lame we are lame, when they are tense we are. When they are hurt we feel an ache in our heart. The list goes go . . . . . . . .

Great emphasis is placed on understanding the horse's facial expressions and behavior to the treatment procedure. Tuning into them will help you identify correct pressure point holding times.



Equine Massage Course

Horse owners will learn to recognize when the horse maybe experiencing discomfort, pain or reduced performance. The techniques for this course are based on massage techniques, pressure release and mobilisation of the spine and limbs.

This is a very practical course. Each day will start with a theory session and after morning tea practical sessions in the stable. Everyone will work in pairs on their assigned horse. I will proceed to demonstrate the different massage strokes and techniques which will follow with each pair practicing while I spend one on one time with each person.
A 70 page course manual will be provided. It will include a detailed photographical sequence of the massage routine which allows you to refer back to after the course.

Morning and afternoon tea will be provided. The cost for the course is $450.00 and a deposit of $100 is required to book a space.  Horse's will be provided, you are also welcome to bring your horse overnight or for the day. 

Course Times: will run from 9.00 am - 4.30 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Day One

Benefits of massage therapy.

Treating a horse safely.

Anatomy of spine and limbs.

Palpation assessment, identifying and feeling tight spots, recognising atrophy of muscles and muscle spasms.

Bony Land Mark palpation finding the feeling the bones and drawing them on the horse.

When not to massage a horse.

Understand visual signs of relief and discomfort when working on the horse.

Massage of the hindquarter muscles and back muscles.


Day Two

Understand basic movements of the back and how it functions.

Understand inverted rotational forces on the back and how to avoid this happening.

Correct riding techniques that will maintain soundness or return a lame horse back to sound.

Back lifting and strengthening exercises.

How to identify muscle soreness, and muscle imbalances.

We will discuss how the horse compensates and builds muscles in the wrong places.

What order to massage muscles so they release effectively.

Massage zones and areas to massage.

Massage of the internal obliques, ribs, back and withers.

Back problems and kissing spine.

Some of the things that cause muscular problems.

When a horse may have a problem.

Massage of the neck, chest and shoulders.

Extra Reading Material Included

Full list of muscles and their functions.

Chest and Hindquarter muscle pictures.

Anatomy pictures.

Pictures of massage strokes and directions.

Course cost is $450.00

Benefits People Have Experienced After Attending the Massage Course

"It has given me an insight to how a horse functions. A broader range of knowledge just like humans a horse is very complex and to be able to help a horse feel good in general and enjoy been ridden without any aches and pain. To help the owners understand what could have been affecting their horse and hindering its performance". Adele Watkins, Papamoa


Attending to the massage courses has been a great experience for me because I love horses and sometimes is quite frustrating to see them that they have old or recent injuries and they are not moving correctly, and specially when looking at horses that I know that they can have great movements and they are not able because they are stiff or sore. So the benefit of this course has been to be able to help them with a simple and non invasive technique. Looking at them after giving the massage and being able to appreciate a nice extended trot or a clean lateral movement fills me with proudness and comfort. The 3 most important things I learnt in the course is to listen and recognise to the horse problems. Those difficult problems can be treated with a simple technique. Giving a massage to a horse is something that can be done several times and improves the way of living of a horse, benefits the rider and makes the most out of both. ANA MARIA BARRIENTOS, Chile

Since coming over from Scotland, New Zealand has never stopped in giving me opportunities within the horsy world and I have taken every single one and used them to my full benefit. The massage course was one of them. Although there is massage courses back at home, usually you have to have some sort of qualification to do them.
Rachels course has opened my eyes to a world of potential to get a job within the horse world that does not involve mucking out and has many more benefits to the horse. It has given me more of an understanding and a desire to learn as much as I can on the subject.
Since doing the course I have done more courses including the bioptron light and reiki in the hope of communicating better and being more considerate of the horses needs.
I now want to further my knowledge into healing as I enjoy and feel I have found the gift to relieve with energy and hopefully will put this into my massage.

Contact: Rachel Harford (Phillips)

318 B M Gubb Road, Port Albert