Massage for Horses
A Day Course for Horse Owners
with Gillian Higgins

Thursday 19th May 2022

Thursday 28th July 2022

Thursday 25th August 2022

Wavendon Grange, Lawn Lane, Old Dalby, Leicestershire, LE14 3LW

massage for horses course for horse owners

A practical day course where you’ll learn massage techniques you can do on your own horse.


Massage has many benefits and is such a useful skill to learn. It can be used to maintain suppleness and flexibility, promote physical and mental relaxation and reduce muscle tension and stiffness. It’s also an excellent way to develop a stronger bond between you and your horse.


During this course you’ll gain knowledge in using massage routines for:

  • Maintaining the health and mobility of older horses

  • Preparing your horse for competition

  • Regular maintenance massage for general muscular health and reducing the risk of injury


This is a practical based course so you will have the opportunity under Gillian’s guidance to practise the massage techniques on different horses, so you go home confident to carry out massage on your own horse. You do not need to bring your own horse.

The facilities at Wavendon Grange allows us to bring horses into the classroom along side bones and the other anatomical models. This enables us to combine the theory and the practice! 


With a variety of very different horses  on which to hone your skills, you will go home confident to try the techniques with your own horse.

If you would like to read another horse owners review of the day check out this blog article:
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All of Gillian's courses are supported by a wealth of photographs and video footage taken from years worth of work including footage of her anatomically painted horses and from her dissections.


Also during the course you will have access to Gillian's large collection of bones and anatomical models. This ensures that you will be better able to visualise the anatomical structures relevant to massage.


09.00:    Welcome and Coffee

09.30:    Principles of Massage - Theory Session

11.00:      Break

11.30:      Massage Techniques - Practical Session

12.30:     Lunch

13.15:      Massage Techniques - Practical Session

14.30:     Break

15.00:     Massage Routines - Practical Session

16.00:     Discussion

16.30:     Close


You do not need to bring your

own horse for this course.

Tea, coffee and homemade cakes will be available throughout the day

Please bring your own packed lunch

This course is held both inside and out so please bring appropriate warm clothes for a day out on the yard.

This course is limited to 14 people to ensure small groups and individual attention.


Course Price


Prices include VAT

Thursday 19th May 2022


Thursday 28th July 2022


Thursday 25th August 2022


Course Leader



Gillian is an equine anatomist, biomechanist, BHS Senior Coach, professional Sports and Remedial Therapist and author with a first class honours degree in Equine Science and Business Management.


Gillian is well known for her dynamic and engaging presentation style, approachable manner and ability to make sometimes difficult subjects seem easy, useful and relevant.

With a passion for equine massage and with the welfare and comfort of the horse in mind, she has given massage workshops all over the world.

Gillian Higgins massage therapist, massage for horse owner courses

Gillian has studied a variety of equine and human modalities both traditional and holistic.


As well as conventional training, Gillian has studied Equine Therapies in America, France, Germany and Sweden and is committed to giving our equine partners the best possible levels of care and consideration.


She specialises in assessing the musculoskeletal systems and designing exercise programmes for improving posture and performances as well as assessing and addressing individual horses’ weaknesses. 


Gillian works with horses from all disciplines and levels from leisure to Olympic.

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