Level 3 Diploma in Equine Sports & Rehabilitation Massage

Accredited with Rural Skills

Whether you want to pursue a career as an equine therapist or would like the knowledge to effectively treat your own horses, Meadowbrook Academy’s sports massage diploma is the ideal choice. Our Diploma in Equine Sports Massage and Rehabilitation Therapy course will give you all the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to effectively reduce discomfort and improve performance. Our comprehensive e-learning program will give you a suitably in-depth understanding of equine anatomy, but more importantly, you’ll learn how to apply that knowledge in a real-world setting during 4+ hands-on, highly interactive practical days.

We pride ourselves on offering what we feel to be the most in depth equine sports massage course currently in the UK. The course considers detailed equine anatomy and considerable time spent looking at how the horse moves and developing your ability to see any gait restrictions present. You will gain skills to recognise how the various muscle groups may be contributing to those restrictions, and subsequently how your massage skills can effectively help to reduce them. The course is so much more than just learning the basic massage moves, we ensure you graduate from the Academy being the best you can be,

The Course Content

The course is in modular format, consisting of 6 detailed modules. It covers functional equine anatomy and physiology, massage techniques and palpation skills, gait analysis, rehabilitation and injury, stretching techniques, professional skills and business management. 

For both study pathways, provided all assessments are passed you will graduate from The Academy after your final practical day, as a qualified Equine Sports Massage Therapist 

The Course Format Options

We offer 2 study formats:

The 6 e-learning modules can be completed at your own pace plus we offer two flexible options for the practical component, a 5-day midweek intensive, or new for 2022, single practical training days running every fortnight, alternating between Fridays and Sundays for ease of accessibility for students training around existing careers.

1. The Single Practical Training Days pathway - You will have access to the entire online portal as soon as you enrol.

Upon completion of Module 3, students can choose single practical days to suit (5 to be completed), dates are listed below and run fortnightly making it possible to complete your 5 practical days within a 10 week period should you choose. You still have 12 months from enrolment to finish the course should you wish to take it a little slower. Your final assessment will be taken on the fifth day (pm).

2. The Intensive Pathway - You will have access to the entire online learning portal as soon as you enrol, to allow you to make a head start with your learning. Depending on your circumstances, we do recommend that you have at least one clear month to complete the online learning and work through the assessments, which must be completed and passed before you attend your intensive week at The Academy.

 

The entire syllabus will then be delivered and assessed within your 5 day attendance at the Academy.  Please note some evening home study is expected during this week.

If we feel it necessary, should any student require extra training (for example, after leaving a large gap between attending single practical days or deemed not ready to take the final exam on both the Intensive 5 day or single practical day pathway), extra single practical days will be available to purchase at a cost of £85.

The next available course dates are:

28/2 - 4/3/2022    Intensive 5 Day Course

25/4 - 29/4/2022   Intensive 5 Day Course

30/5 - 3/6/2022    Intensive 5 Day Course

26/9 - 30/9/2022  Intensive 5 Day Course

 

Single day practical training - Running every fortnight (alternating Friday/Sunday) single day practical training days are a new addition to the Academy. 

The next available course dates are:

18/2/2022   Suitable for any student upon completion of Module 3 onwards

6/3/2022     Suitable for any student upon completion of Module 3 onwards

18/3/2022   Suitable for any student upon completion of Module 3 onwards

3/4/2022     Suitable for any student upon completion of Module 3 onwards

15/4/2022   Suitable for any student upon completion of Module 3 onwards (Final assessment available)

1/5/2022     Suitable for any student upon completion of Module 3 onwards (Final assessment available)

13/5/2022   Suitable for any student upon completion of Module 3 onwards (Final assessment available)

29/5/2022   Suitable for any student upon completion of Module 3 onwards (Final assessment available)

10/6/2022   Suitable for any student upon completion of Module 3 onwards (Final assessment available)

26/6/2022   Suitable for any student upon completion of Module 3 onwards (Final assessment available)

8/7/2022      Suitable for any student upon completion of Module 3 onwards (Final assessment available)

24/7/2022    Suitable for any student upon completion of Module 3 onwards (Final assessment available)

5/8/2022      Suitable for any student upon completion of Module 3 onwards (Final assessment available)

21/8/2022    Suitable for any student upon completion of Module 3 onwards (Final assessment available)

 

More dates coming soon 

The Course Assessment

The course is assessed in the following ways:


• 5 Modular summative online assessments
• Written multiple choice theory exam 75% Pass Mark
• Practical assessment 75% Pass Mark


The final practical assessment will take the form of a full treatment session, including initial observations, a full treatment of just one side of the horse, stretching recommendations and advice on after care. This will last up to 45 minutes.


All assessments must be passed before a final grade and certification will be awarded.
Merit – Graded 75-85%
Distinction – 86% or above

Entry Requirements

You must be 18 or over and be confident in handling a variety of types of horses.

Course Fees

Both pathway options are at a cost of £1250 which includes all assessment fees, and one free resit for both written and practical assessments if required. 

Course fees can either be payed in full or we offer the option to spread the cost over 4 or 6 instalments. Get in touch to discuss payment options.