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D'AL Logo With the growing demand for exceptional care in the equine world, there is a need for expertly trained Equine Massage Therapists. The job of an Equine Massage Therapist (EMT) is to help with the rehabilitation and relaxation of their clients. This means aiding the equine athlete in rehabilitation as well as helping owners maximize the potential of their horses.

The Equine Massage Therapy diploma program is the only registered program of its kind in North America and offers the most intensive program to date in equine massage. Part of what makes this program unique is that students are taught to consider themselves as an extension of veterinary health care, not an alternative. Our students work in conjunction with veterinarians to minimize rehabilitation time and enhance performance.

Through D’Arcy Lane and D'AL School of Equine Massage Therapy, triOS will offer the Equine Massage Therapy diploma program to provide you with the real-world experience you need to flourish as a EMT. As a student you will be taught the hands-on skills necessary to start your new career.


  • 991 hours of practical experience within the classroom and a barn setting
  • Professional Liability Insurance Coverage while visiting barns
  • One-on-one career assistance


Equine Anatomy

Understanding anatomy is the cornerstone to practising Equine Massage Therapy. This course is designed to give the student thorough knowledge of the functions of the skeletal, muscular, circulatory, nervous, visceral and integumentary systems. This will provide a basis of learning for the modules on massage theory, technique and treatments.

Equine Behaviour

The student learns about normal and abnormal equine behaviour and increases their ability to understand equine communication. The student will learn to apply this knowledge and understanding to allow for effective handling during treatment.

Conformation and Kinesiology

Ideal conformation will be examined as well as gait and movement. A thorough understanding of these principles will be applied for the assessment and development of treatment for the horse.


Community outreach is a supervised practical program for the benefit of students to reinforce and acquire further experience in the development of their skills and knowledge in equine massage therapy.

Mega Mocks

Mega Mock preparations for the students include a review of all important topics throughout the two years of study, as well as an overview of the Mega Mock Exams. These exams are the exit exams for the student from the program and must be successfully completed in order to graduate. These exams also prepare the students for their respective entrance exams to the International Federation of Registered Equine Massage Therapists.

Equine Hydrotherapy & Other Complementary Therapies

Students learn to apply the principles of heat and cold to various injuries, including baths, packs and poultices. Students are also provided with a basic understanding of other forms of therapy such as magnetic therapy and laser therapy.

Equine Management 1

This course will provide the student with an in-depth study of the basic horse handeling skills including haltering, leading, grooming, bandageing and booting, various types of tack and equipment as well as safe trailering of horses.

Equine Management 2

This course will provide the student with an in-depth study of the various breeds of horses, equine disciplines, nutrition, equine care, and safe management procedures.

Equine Pathology

The student will be introduced to the most common equine pathologies. This base of knowledge will be utilized when addressing specific treatments of the horse. The student will gain the understanding of pathologies which may alter their treatment or the outcome of treatment.

Equine Physiology

This course is designed to give the student a general level of understanding of the normal functioning of the equine body systems, their interrelationship, and the nature of homeostatic mechanisms. It will also provide a basis of learning for the other courses taught in this program.

Professionalism and Ethics

Students are taught their role as a professional and ethical practitioner of equine massage therapy. It will cover scope of practice, values and standards, education, and their ability to take proper actions as a therapist and entrepreneur.

Equine Remedial Exercises

Students will learn various methods of rehabilitating a horse, strength training techniques as well exercises useful in the maintenance of fitness of horses. Students will be expected to build controlled exercise and rehabilitative programs.

Equine Research

Class time will be used to teach students skills to help evaluate the validity of articles and research papers. Upon completion of class time students will be required to find a horse with an injury or pathology which may be helped with massage therapy. They will be required to submit a research paper on the pathology. In addition the student will design a treatment plan for the horse, implement the plan and document their results.

Equine Massage Theory and Techniques

This course is designed to give the student the theories of therapeutic equine massage and how to apply the techniques. The module will cover the theory of massage, physical and physiological effects of massage, the clinical approach to treatment, safe and effective treatment plans, and safe and correct manipulations used in the practice of equine massage.

Equine Massage Treatments

This course is designed to integrate the theoretical studies of the sciences, case history, assessments, hydrotherapy, remedial exercise therapy, and practical massage studies into the development of a safe and effective treatment approach.


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Most Equine Massage Therapists are self-employed professionals who travel to meet with their clients in different settings, whether it is a private barn, or a public facility. EMTs work with veterinarians, coaches, trainers, horse care specialists and horse owners.


• High School Graduation Diploma or Mature Student Status (18 years of age and academic achievement test passed).
• triOS College pre-Science Course, or its equivalent.

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