300 hour program

It is strongly suggested that all applicants attend an introductory seminar such as our "Introduction to Equine Massage/Muscle Therapy" or an intro class offered by another program. It is no longer required that the applicant has attended or graduated from a human massage therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy program, or is either a chiropractor or veterinarian. However, it has been noted by the staff that individuals with a human massage background and ample experience around horses have proven to adapt to the rigors of the course more easily.

**Basic understanding of horse anatomy is a must. Before the first day of class, the student must be able to name and locate the general superficial muscle, deep muscles, joints and bony landmarks. Required readings and 1st months preparation material will be sent with confirmation and receipt of application and deposit.

**Experience around horses is required. The student must feel comfortable palpating, grooming, picking up feet, leading and trotting the horse on the line etc.

**If you have no prior experience around horses and want to apply, we may refer you to another school and a shorter program to get you feeling comfortable around the horse. After that you may re-apply.

**Important note:
Due to the way this program is set up, you MUST have the time to commit and complete the hands on and academic requirements. IF you foresee ANY reason that you might not be able to complete the requirements or you are not a self starter or motivated for a course that requires independent study. PLEASE DO NOT APPLY.

**We move at a fast pace, explain thoroughly and expect the student to keep up.

Again, if you are still interested in the field and this course is not for you, we will try to refer you to an easier course.

If you cannot find people in your area to intern/extern/observe, please contact us and we may be able to refer you to some.

The student MUST HAVE ACCESS to therapists for hours, horses for case studies, a facility to complete volunteer hours and computer access for student/teacher correspondence and research.

Contact Mike at [email protected] for acceptance.

LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 6 months (approx.)

  • Classes are held for 4 day sessions (3 different meetings) usually Wed.- Sat. in order to have a Sat. night stay (if necessary) for cheaper flights. Classes are 10am-5pm with lunch from 1-2pm
  • The second week long session is held approx. 3 months from the 1st session.
    The final session will be approx. 3 months from the 2nd session.
  • Between the meetings, the student must meet course requirements (see table below).
  • There will be 3 packets sent to the specified instructor for careful monitoring. During specified segments, the requirements will be:
  • 20 case studies (total 60)
  • 15 intern/extern hours (total 45)
  • 5 volunteer hours and research project time (total 15).
Classroom hours, homework, research etc. 130
Internships 55
Documented case studies 70
Volunteer Hours 15
Presentation of class project, final written test and final practical test 30
Total 300
Investment $4500.00
Bank Check or Money Order payable to: Mike Scott

Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology and Massage Technique are taught at every class meeting and are emphasized throughout all hands on work. Innovative methods are used to help the student learn these topics, as well as gait analysis, in a fun, intuitive and easy to retain fashion.

Mike is a certified saddle fitter and director of The School of Saddle Fitting and Flocking. www.saddleguy.com The importance of saddle fitting and the effects on the horse will be covered at various times throughout the course.

The Equine Massage/Muscle Therapy Program is taught by director Mike Scott and Joyce Falese. Joy has worked with Mike since 1995. Classes are held with 2-3 students.

Assitant instructors that have graduated the program are added when necessary.


  • A $1500.00 deposit is required at time of application.
  • Final $3000.00 payment is due in full 1 month prior to the beginning of class.
  • In the event that Mike needs to cancel (highly unlikely) before the class starts a full refund will be issued.
  • If you must withdraw up to 30 days before class, you will receive a full refund minus a $150.00 administration fee.
  • If you must withdraw within the month before class, you will receive NO refund. If in the event of an emergency, we will make every effort to apply your tuition to an upcoming class that is agreeable to both parties.
  • We keep the class enrollments very small to insure proper attention. For this reason, it is difficult to take people in at the last minute. Please apply well in advance to be prepared (usually 3-6 months). This also makes it difficult if not impossible to fill a slot in the event of someone withdrawing at the last minute.


If for ANY reason a student must withdraw from the class once it commences, there will be absolutely NO REFUND given. If the student needs to make up classes, retest or require any tutors additional time, there will be a fee assesed that will go directly to the instructor.
Life throws many curve balls but this course is designed to cover all material necessary to complete. Instructors are committed only to the time involved during the course

For Information and Application Contact Mike at:
Mike Scott
809 Kirkwood Circle
Camden, SC 29020
803-422-5894 or e-mail: [email protected]