Our Story

Animal sports massage is the therapeutic application of hands-on techniques, long recognized for the purpose of increasing circulation and range of motion as well as for improving the animal’s stamina and overall performance.  It also relieves muscle spasm and tension and enhances muscle tone.  Overuse, over- stretching and overloading of muscles can cause tissue lesions which can restrict motion and create pain.

The goal of the Equinology Equine Body Worker  (EEBW) and Canine Body Worker (CCBW) programmes is to teach the student how to locate these restrictions and break them up through the application of various therapeutic methods and soft-tissue release techniques.  Our unique programme differs from others in that we emphasise a strong background in anatomy to give students the ability to effectively locate and address soft-tissue restrictions that affect movement and performance. Students are taught how to identify muscles and their functions, evaluate and observe the animal’s movement and development, apply a full equine or canine sports massage session, and perform appropriate joint mobilization and muscle activation exercises.

Once the Equinology Equine and Canine Body Worker certification programmes were in place, we found that many students asked about additional manual therapy techniques and related subjects.  This is how the programme evolved to include more specific modules that address key factors that play an important role in the health care and performance of the horse and the dog. Through being taught the appropriate approach and terminology of these contributory factors, students will communicate more effectively with  other professionals involved in the maintenance and well-being of the horse.

All our courses are presented in a modular format, allowing students to move up through the levels of certification at their own pace.  This is especially interesting to many of our students for whom a full-time study might not always be a viable option, as they already have a full-time career, either within or outside the profession.

We are the only European programme that offers four levels of certification in an equine sports massage certification, with the highest level of Master Equinology Equine Body Worker (MEEBW) consisting of totalling over 2000 hours of education This certification includes two online and two on-site practical examinations, in addition to written externships for each course module that contributes to the MEEBW certification. 

Equinenergy Ltd has proudly collaborated with Writtle University College since 2003. Our EEBW and CCBW certification courses form part of the academic BSc qualifications in Equine and/or Animal Sports Therapy, which are offered at Writtle University College.