Practising Certificate in Equine Myofunctional Therapy

Equine massage

The Equine Myofunctional Therapy Certificate – ‘EMT’ (professional horse massage) has been designed for all those with a love of horses and an interest in improving their health and well-being with the thoughtful yet deliberate and empowering application of massage.

The horse is to be regarded as an athlete. The musculotendinous system is the horse’s system of movement. When this system is impaired, movement is compromised. Equine Myofunctional Therapy addresses this system to repair &/or maintain movement, health and performance in the horse. This modality is for the benefit of all horses including the highest performing sport horse. This course will enable you to understand fundamental principles, terminology of Equine anatomy and physiology, the physiological effects of applied techniques for both remedial and sports treatments and treatment outcomes.Our College first pioneered professional Equine Myofunctional Therapy training in Australia in 1993.

Course subjects: 

Many people are interested in what will be covered and we are excited to say that our course is a blend of everything you need to know and then add some. You do not have to go and study additional subjects to get the information you require. The subjects and descriptors are as follows:


In this topic you learn what makes the horse tick from inside out. It is vital you have an understanding of the horse’s response to massage and this subject provides this foundation. For example, you may work with a veterinarian who could ask you to explain why you consider Equine Myofunctional Therapy to be a therapy he should recommend. It is not appropriate for you to say because it feels good and I am sure the horse would enjoy it. It would be far more professional if you could explain professionally and competently what systems of the horse are directly stimulated by massage and the expected therapeutic benefits.

Dr Bruce Syme strongly supports our college due to the very high standard of our training and in particular the emphasis we have on anatomy and physiology. Now I can hear you cringe and say ‘this is a big subject and I did not do very well at school and I am a little worried about these subjects. Do not worry, as you will be guided and supported throughout your course.


Well this is fun. Learning Latin and Greek; two new languages and ones that are great fun to learn. A challenge? Yes, absolutely! The superficial muscles of the horse provides movement and support and it is these very muscles you are going to influence more than any others. We teach these a few at a time and it is likened to how does the mouse eat the elephant? A bite at a time. How do you study complex anatomy? A step at a time. Easy!


Movement and exercise creates dynamic changes in the structure and function of the horse. Exercise physiology is a subject that will drive home the therapeutic benefits of massage as you work with your horse, or a horse under your care in exercise conditions.

Everything within biomechanics (movement of the body bio = body, mechanics = movement) starts at the hoof and it is essential you, as a participant grasps this. You will be guided into this subject using a range of different comparisions and your mind will really be stimulated with the importance of this subject.

In order to assist you with your learning and the completion of assessments prior to gaining your much coveted award, we have compiled a information that offers all the key points you really need to know. Again helping you achieve your goals.

There are times that you should not massage the horses, other times where you may not massage a particular part of a horse or may need to be cautious. This subject will clearly offer information that will promote confidence in making this decision.

Your eyes are so important! You will be trained to look at the horse from the view of a trained practitioner. Through observation you will see movement and anatomy like never before. This is fascinating and it is amazing to see participants when they ‘get it’. Your hands follow and as you apply your techniques in a trained and precise way you will ‘feel’ the difference to the anatomy you are treating AND be able to state in professional terms what is happening to the anatomy.

You will be taught a range of techniques that you will select for use as you assess what the horse actually needs as a treatment. It is gaining an understanding what technique needs to be used and the therapeutic outcome expected that is important to learn and you will spend a lot of time on this subject to ensure you are comfortable.

A remedial program is where you start with a set of tight muscles and work out what remedial techniques you can offer to assist recovery. Here, you draw on information from the course to develop confidence in your selection. The diverse range of techniques you will be trained in makes the decision easier.

Many of our participants either come to do the course as they are competitors or they are going to be employed as a rider. Competition requires a highly skilled massage practitioner. This subject addresses competition massage and the very special needs of pre and post events and the specialised needs of each individual horse. Leslie leaves no stone unturned when it comes to these subjects. Drawing on her clinical experience she is the ‘ONE’ to guide you.

We include this subject as it is so important. Saddles have caused more soft tissue injuries than we would like to think about. Leslie is a trained Equine Ergonomist with SF4L. Once Leslie takes you through some important key points about saddle and their fit you will look at saddle fit dysfunction in a totally different light. It would be remiss of us not to include this training as part of your investment.

Nutrition is the foundation of healing and recovery. Although this is an introduction to this fascinating subject we give you an opportunity to gain basic foundation information that will flow on from the Digestive system of the horse. We offer a full Diploma in Equine Nutrition & Pasture Management. (see ++++++++)

We believe at the National College of Traditional Medicine it is negligent not to offer you the opportunity to start your business off on the right foot. The information will be insightful as you start to develop or grow and existing business.

At all times safety is essential for both you and the horse. You will be guided around the horse and to consider each and every aspect o safety when working on and around horses.

In order to achieve your goal and receive your much loved award in Equine Myofunctional Therapy you will need to show off your expertise. You will be guided into completing clinical case reports in a form of a  log book, these are a very important aspect of your time spent at the Practical Massage Workshop over 6 days.

Next EMT Australia course starts online Tuesday 13th February, 2018 – Practical week over 6 days from a Monday – Saturday is to be confirmed for the middle of August 2018

Next EMT NZ course is scheduled to start online April 2018 – Practical Week in NZ ‘TBC’ for October 2018 in Hastings, New Zealand.

Please contact us at mail@nctm.com.au or phone (03) 5338 2851 to receive a course guide, information on payment plans, timetable and enrolment forms. We apologise for any inconveniences whilst our website is being upgraded.

Course Information

Investment: $3,900 paid upfront or payment plan available
Payment Plan: 30% deposit add 10% administration and balance paid over 6 months, please contact us for a course guide and payment plan information
Course Dates: Next EMT-Aust Starts online Tuesday 13th February 2018 - Webinars are every Tuesday Evening. Practical Workshop over 6 days in August 2018. Further information is listed on our Aust or NZ course guides and timetables, please contact us to receive them via email
Course Duration: The course is based on part time study. Course is to be completed within 12 months from commencement
Delivery Mode: Blended Delivery, online including webinars and six in class days for the practical skills. For information link to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/5916384468905021441
Prerequisites:  Horse handling skills recommended
Assessment: Eighteen (18) written assessments, Twelve clinical case reports (equals a min-30 hours of practical case studies presented in a log book format)
Two (2) theory and One (1) practical exam
Course Materials All course materials are included in the course
Accreditation:   Graduates are eligible to join the Small Animal and Equine Naturopathy Association as a full member