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 gentle but powerful therapy 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. Our College pioneered Equine Myofunctional Therapy training in Australia in 1993. This course will enable you to understand fundamental principles and the terminology of Equine anatomy, physiology and applied techniques and treatment outcomes.

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 frightened of these subjects as I feel I may fail’. Well do not worry, as you will only be as good as your teacher and she is fantastic, so you will be brilliant.


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 horses 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. Once Leslie takes you on this journey, we are sure you will be fascinated and 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. We offer a full certificate in Equine Nutrition (see ++++++++) this information will hopefully excite and educate you.

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.

Booking Options – Please Note: In 2017 we will be conducting 2 EMT courses in Hastings, NEW ZEALAND.

Next EMT Australia course starts online 26th September, 2017.

Next EMT NZ course starts online 1st June, 2017.

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 the inconvenience whilst our website is being upgraded.

Course Information

Investment: $3,900 paid upfront or payment plan available - current 2017 Special Discounts are available, contact us for a course guide
Payment Plan: 30% deposit add 15% administration and balance paid over 6 months, please contact us for a course guide and payment plan information
Course Dates: EMT Victoria Starts Online, 26th Sept 2017 - Webinars are every Tuesday Evening at 7.45 – 8.45 pm. Practical Workshop over 6 days held in Victoria -Late April-Early May, 2017 Dates 'TBC' with venues.. Next NZ EMT course starts online 1st June, 2017, practical week held over 6 days in Hastings, NZ in the October School Holidays.
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