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  • Is equissage certification worth it
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    10-06-2010, 01:14 PM
  #1
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Equissage?

Here's the website:

Equine Sports Massage Therapy Certification Program


Has anybody ever heard of this program? After I finish up my business degree I plan on obtaining a certificate in massage therapy at the local technical college. I saw this website and thought that equine massage would be something fun to start doing part-time after I finish school.
     
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    10-06-2010, 01:23 PM
  #2
Yearling
I am planning on doing this too sometime soon. It is my understanding (from previous threads on the subject) that you have to check the laws in your area because in some places only vets are allowed to do messages.
     
    10-06-2010, 01:27 PM
  #3
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Originally Posted by Amba1027    
I am planning on doing this too sometime soon. It is my understanding (from previous threads on the subject) that you have to check the laws in your area because in some places only vets are allowed to do messages.
I'll have to check into that. Thanks so much!
     
    10-06-2010, 01:35 PM
  #4
Yearling
You're welcome! Thanks for starting the thread. I've been meaning to look into it as it's been something I've been thinking about. I'd love to hear what other people have to say on the subject.
     
    10-06-2010, 01:36 PM
  #5
Banned
I think you may be speaking of Chiropractic work. Massages *should* be allowed anywhere.

I got my massage education through our local college. It is easy to learn and it is a nice thing to be able to do for your own horses. Making a living at it is also an option. You must be very dedicated to it in order to make consistant money. When I was still massaging on a regular basis, I charged $50/hour. That is pretty cheap comparativly. I only charged so little because I did it so infrequently, it was difficult to build up a client base. It is physically a stressful job and until you get your hands in shape, your hands will ache a lot. Its really worth it though.

The only thing I don't like about Equissage and other programs like it is they give you the option to 'learn at home' online. This really is a hands on job and its hard to learn unless you know exactly what you are looking for. My instructor had us going to several local horse rescues donating our time to learn the proper way to massage. Until you feel the knots, you really have no idea where they are and what kind of symptoms they cause. I can tell you if you horse is fighting the bit and pulling the reins from your hands when asked to go on the verticle that it most likely has a poll knot. I can tell you exactly where to find it and how to get rid of it...but its difficult to pin point because a knot can be pea shaped or like a yarn string...and sometimes it doesn't feel like much at all. I would go to a hands-on class if at all possible.
     
    10-06-2010, 01:41 PM
  #6
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Originally Posted by corinowalk    
I think you may be speaking of Chiropractic work. Massages *should* be allowed anywhere.

I got my massage education through our local college. It is easy to learn and it is a nice thing to be able to do for your own horses. Making a living at it is also an option. You must be very dedicated to it in order to make consistant money. When I was still massaging on a regular basis, I charged $50/hour. That is pretty cheap comparativly. I only charged so little because I did it so infrequently, it was difficult to build up a client base. It is physically a stressful job and until you get your hands in shape, your hands will ache a lot. Its really worth it though.

The only thing I don't like about Equissage and other programs like it is they give you the option to 'learn at home' online. This really is a hands on job and its hard to learn unless you know exactly what you are looking for. My instructor had us going to several local horse rescues donating our time to learn the proper way to massage. Until you feel the knots, you really have no idea where they are and what kind of symptoms they cause. I can tell you if you horse is fighting the bit and pulling the reins from your hands when asked to go on the verticle that it most likely has a poll knot. I can tell you exactly where to find it and how to get rid of it...but its difficult to pin point because a knot can be pea shaped or like a yarn string...and sometimes it doesn't feel like much at all. I would go to a hands-on class if at all possible.
Agree with ya there, Cori. It does need to be hands on. If I did it I would actually go to Virginia instead of doing the home study course.

ETA: I would be doing massage therapy on humans full-time and possibly horses part-time.
     
    10-06-2010, 11:01 PM
  #7
Yearling
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Before you spend the money planning on hanging out a shingle and doing business please make sure you can legally give massages in your state.

Some states the laws are written in a manner that you legally have to be a licensed veterinarian to even do equine message

Read more: http://www.horseforum.com/horse-health/do-people-actually-use-horse-massage-62725/#ixzz11dcwwsEd
Took me forever to find this. I knew I'd read it somewhere.
     
    10-06-2010, 11:59 PM
  #8
Banned
I had no idea. Apparently I have been breaking the law for about 6 years now! I am supposed to have a vets referral. Here is a list of all the states and their laws reguarding equine massage.

ANIMAL MASSAGE LAWS BY STATE
     
    10-07-2010, 12:39 AM
  #9
Yearling
I am allowed for now. Woohoo! Now I just have to learn how to do it....
     
    10-07-2010, 10:03 AM
  #10
Started
I looked it up yesterday and Georgia's allowed to. Yay!

Cori, it's not illegal unless you get caught . LOL
     

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