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post #1 of 3 Old 11-27-2009, 01:04 AM Thread Starter
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Career in Equine Massage Therapy?

First of all, I'd like to say that I'm 15. My parents think that Equine Massage Therapy would be a waste of my brains, my money, and my time, but it's what I want to do with my life. I want to spend every day making horses feel better. That said, I need to make sure that I would make enough money from that career choice to actually have horses of my own. Oh, and afford a place to live. ;D LOL!

So my question is this: How many of you have horses that get massages/acupuncture/electro-shock therapy, and what is the hourly rate of your therapist?

Thanks so much!
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post #2 of 3 Old 11-27-2009, 08:49 AM
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First of all, I'd like to say that I'm 15. My parents think that Equine Massage Therapy would be a waste of my brains, my money, and my time, but it's what I want to do with my life. I want to spend every day making horses feel better. That said, I need to make sure that I would make enough money from that career choice to actually have horses of my own. Oh, and afford a place to live. ;D LOL!

So my question is this: How many of you have horses that get massages/acupuncture/electro-shock therapy, and what is the hourly rate of your therapist?

Thanks so much!
We don't use one, but our local equine message therapist charges $60/horse. Be aware, though, that in these tough economic times, equine massage business is very slow (at least around here) and they can't make a living doing just that (most also train, etc).

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post #3 of 3 Old 11-27-2009, 10:16 AM
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We don't use one, but our local equine message therapist charges $60/horse. Be aware, though, that in these tough economic times, equine massage business is very slow (at least around here) and they can't make a living doing just that (most also train, etc).
exactly.

I plan on getting my certification to do equ. Massage therapy, but you need a backup. Don't expect that to be your only job, because chances are you wont make enough. Its just a course, and you can take it anytime in life, its not like you have to go to school for years to do it. In the meantime, think of something else you might want to do. Then decide something like that. The business world is tough. Its not like you just waltz into it. You have to get a start and make a name for yourself. The starting is the toughest part, you have to find people willing to give you a try to begin with. Its not a short road. Maybe you could look into being a vet tech too? Just an idea.

Also remember, its just the massage part you're looking at. A lot of people like the equ. Chiropractors. But that's a tough one. I've looked into that. From what I gather, you have to first go to school and be certified to do humans, THEN work in that field, THEN go back and take the courses to do horses, THEN get liscensed to do that. AND on top of it, some states require more tests and qualifications before you can be licensed, and in a lot of states, you can't work on a horse without concent from the vet. Its a mess! Lol
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