Massage for Horses
A Day Course for Horse Owners
with Gillian Higgins
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:
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
11.30: Massage Techniques - Practical Session
13.15: Massage Techniques - Practical Session
15.00: Massage Routines - Practical Session
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.
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 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.