Soft smiles during a massage ☺️
Since its inception in 1991, Equissage has become the longest running certification program, the most widely recognized program and the leader in Animal Massage Certification in the United States.
Equissage is the oldest and leading trainer of animal massage therapists in the world. Since 1991, Equissage has graduated more than 20,000 Equine & Canine Massage Therapists, from every state in the US and 20 countries around the world. Our on site programs (listed below) are held at our facility in Virginia. Equine Certification Program 5 day course (Monday-Friday) Dual Certification Program (Equine/Canine) 5 day course (Monday-Friday) We also offer Home Study Programs for Equine an/or Canine Massage Therapy Certification. Please visit our website for more information: www.equissage.com
Mission: To ensure that our students are receiving the most thorough, complete curriculum available. Firmly hold to the offering of our curriculum both at our facility and through the homestudy courses at a reasonable and fair cost. In doing so, we will make the therapy more accessible to those wanting to pursue a career as a Certified Equine or Canine Massage Therapist.
Soft smiles during a massage ☺️
Do you have any dogs that this reminds you of? 🤔😂
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A wonderful success story from Hannah R. 🐎
“One day away from my ESMT certification, my mare had a freak pasture accident resulting in a radial fracture that spiraled up her left front leg. Treatment required her to be on cross ties in her stall for the next seven weeks because it could be catastrophic if she were to lay down. Massage made a huge difference in her recovery. She was non-weight bearing for a few weeks on her left front and stood rocked back on her haunches. It helped with her circulation and gave her sore, tired muscles relief and helped her bone heal quicker. She was always so much happier and relaxed after her massage. With all the time I spent caring and massaging her, I became the person she would always nicker to when she saw me and if she got upset I was the only one who could calm her down. When she was able to start work under saddle again there was such a difference in her way of going if she was massaged in her trouble spots, (neck, hips, gluteus) before her ride. It was a very long road to recovery, with a few hiccups along the way. She is now better than ever and just went to her first horse show where she ribboned in all three classes.”
I always like to make Mama laugh😊.
This week’s student, Diana W., was a pleasure to work with... and she passed! 🎉🤩 Congrats!
Dancer would like everyone to know that our November 26th class is now full, but November 12th class has a couple of openings left. Visit our website for more information.
A success story recently sent in to us by Sabastian M. 🌟🐾
“I have been working on Rollo for a couple of months. When rescued, he was chained to a dog house with no function in his back legs/ hips. He was also labeled as "people aggressive". Kristen ( For Pete's Sake Animal Rescue) took him to the vet and was told that the best thing to do would be put him down. Kristen called me to see if there was anything I could do.
On the first visit, Rollo's legs were crossed in the back and had to be pulled apart to just fit in the wheelchair. His chest and neck were extremely tight from pulling himself around. After 2 visits, his legs slid easily into the wheelchair and he could once again lay down like a dog, instead of laying on his side.
Massage not only helped Rollo physcially, but also seemed to give him a new attitude on life. He is happy and definitely not " people aggressive"! By now, he knows the sound of my car and races to the fence everytime I pull up! Massage literally saved Rollo's life.
I cannot thank Mary and Equissage enough for giving me the skills and opportunity to make a difference in this way!”
SUNDAYS WITH SAILOR 🐾🐾
Mama decided that I needed a personal trainer and The Puppy is telling her what I did last week. No one was seriously hurt. At least I don’t think so. My brother went to a house with an in ground pool.
*Free to a great home* located in Round Hill, Va. 10 year old, 16.3 hand Thoroughbred gelding. Honey has had no official training off the track but he could go in any direction. He does crib but it is controlled with a collar. Call Andrew at 540-454-0356
Congratulations to this week’s student, Misty, for doing a fantastic job!
Congratulations to this week's student, Misty, for doing a fantastic job!
Class finished early today and the horses were able to enjoy a little extra grass.😊 🌱
Cheesy got himself into an intense staring contest today... can you guess who won? 👀
Thank you to all who submitted their success stories for our contest. After reading many inspiring stories, we are happy to announce that the story sent by AnnaLisa A. is our winner!
"A friend of mine rescued a 1 year old Great Dane from a neglect situation where she was tied out in the yard 24/7.
Not long after rescuing this dog, they realized she was pregnant.
She gave birth to ten puppies, and at first, all seemed well, but around 5 weeks of age, four of the puppies stopped walking. They were unable to even stand up. They could only pull themselves around by their front legs, and then, one lost even that. They were seen by every specialist in every department at the most prestigious veterinary school in our area and underwent extensive testing. No one had an answer. Some of the puppies were beginning to exhibit mild bone deformities, deformities that would later become extreme in the case of two of the puppies.
The other six puppies were completely normal, but the four affected pups were given 2 months to live, and the rescue was directed by vets to give them the best possible lives in that time.
Unwilling to give up without trying every option, we discussed implementing massage to stimulate muscle tone and circulation, and at the very least, make the puppies more comfortable for whatever time they had left.
For two months, the puppies received weekly or semi-weekly massages. After each massage, they improved dramatically. Sometimes one would stand. One would take a few steps, and always, they seemed more comfortable and content.
After a month and a half of regular massage, one of the puppies recovered her ability to walk--she was the least deformed, and the only female. She improved and never relapsed. She continued to receive massage as she used and gained muscle tone.
But two of the puppies left with the rescue still could not walk or stand. At this point, a difficult decision had to be made--there was no quality of life for them if they could not move on their own. One of them, Brown, was so bad that he could only lay on his side and could barely lift his head. He couldn't turn to look at you, but would follow you with his eyes. This was their last chance.
I agreed to take them in as therapeutic fosters so that they could have massages every other day to see if that helped them improve.
After his first massage, Gray was able to stand on his own and take stiff, uncertain steps on muscles that had too long been unable to support him. He improved with each massage and began to be able to stand up on his own regularly and walk with increasing strength and comfort.
Brown was the worst of the three left in rescue--he could only lay on his side and could barely lift his head more than an inch off the floor, but there was a furious determination in his eyes. You could see how badly he WANTED to walk, to get up, to move. We owed it to him to try.
The only therapy they received during this time was massage. Occasionally I would cold laser, but we were limited as to where we could do so since their growth plates were not closed. The only safe therapy was massage, followed by passive range of motion exercises, again, limited by the pups' abnormal conformations.
The first thing that happened for Brown was that he was able to lift his head higher, then he was able to pull his front end up into a sitting position, but would eventually fall over. Gradually, he could sit up for longer periods without falling over. Then, over the next few weeks, he was able to remain standing on his own if placed in a standing position, for longer and longer periods. He could walk with assistance if his hind end was supported and do this for increasing amounts of time. But... after two months of intensive massage and increased activity, we just had to accept that perhaps he was not going to ever be able to walk without assistance.
So, we ordered him a cart (doggy wheelchair). I put the cart together with Brown in the room, and he watched the entire process. When I was done, and the cart was ready for him, I lifted him to place him in it. He protested, so I placed him back on the floor, and he took his first steps on his own. He started walking that very night. This was nothing short of a miracle. In this case, a miracle brought about by the gift of massage therapy. Brown did not WANT a cart--he wanted to walk, and he refused to give up.
At six months of age, after already having outlived his estimate for longevity, this wonderful, brave, and determined puppy began walking. There is no question in my mind that this would not have been possible without the frequency and type of massage he received.
I am pleased to say that, two years later, so far beyond anyone's expectations, Brown and Gray continue to walk independently. They run, play and dig.
With the continued dedication of his adopter, Brown continued to grow stronger and stronger until he could get up on his own after laying down (a MAJOR accomplishment), and he received weekly massages after he left my house to facilitate this progress. Brown and Gray still receive massages to this day, and they still enjoy every single moment.
Sundays WITH SAILOR 🐾🐾
I cannot understand Mama. I carried fresh kill all the way home from the trail for The Puppy and me. Mama didn’t let me keep it. So I didn’t tell Mama that she looked nice yesterday when she went to a wedding.
After 2 weeks of rain in Round Hill, this is more relatable than ever at the Equissage farm 🌧😉
We are excited to announce our Success Story Contest winner this Monday, October 1st! Stay tuned for our announcement post 🍂🥇
Congratulations to Jim Thompson, Equissage Graduate, whose horse ‘Trigger Warning’ came in 3rd in the Pennsylvania Derby!
Congratulations to Meredith W., recent Equissage graduate. Here she is working on an adorable miniature named Little Bit. 🤗🐴
SUNDAYS WITH SAILOR 🐾🐾
“On Friday morning Mama was teaching and my Dad said that the bananas were all gone. So I headed downstairs to the classroom, went directly to an open backpack. And there was a banana. I quickly ran upstairs and gave it to Dad. Mama said that I made the old man very happy. I try to be good.”
One of the last days of summer at the farm ☁️🌳 Are you and your horses looking forward to the cool weather?
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When your carry on is slightly bigger than it should be...
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Mary trying to get Cheesy to focus on the muscle chart... he can never remember the difference between the Tricep and the Deltoid!
Melody’s personal paparazzi showed up at the barn this morning 📸🤩 #TypicalMonday
SUNDAYS WITH SAILOR 🐾🐾
Mama is trying to teach me to say “Ma Ma”. I’m getting closer every day.
Photo credits Samantha Stilley Potts.
Our 2019 winter class dates are now posted on our website. Visit www.equissage.com for more information. ❄️
To fulfill the promise that every horse and dog will be massaged because of our trained massage therapists. To ensure that our students are receiving the most thorough, complete curriculum available....
A rainy week yet fun week... plus they all passed 😉🎉
Throwback Thursday to 1995 with Mary’s favorite Goldens. 🔆
This past Friday Samantha Stilley Potts, Demery Schreiver and I had the honor of massaging fourteen horses. Actually fourteen very special horses from Bravehearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center in Illinois. They were being stabled overnight at Morven Park in Leesburg before their ride to Washington, DC. Their purpose was to raise awareness of Veteran suicide...20 veterans a day. The magnitude and depth of what is being accomplished by all involved, people and horses alike left us in complete awe of this reality. 🇱🇷
Rainy yet fun start to the week!☔️ We are wishing safety for all those who will be affected by the hurricane. 🐾
SUNDAYS WITH SAILOR 🐾🐾
I’m trying to stay cool on the porch because we have no air conditioning. There was air conditioning at the groomer’s place but I was asked to leave. I didn’t think I was that bad. I hope no one else has a problem like this. Mama’s not that happy with me. Bubba, Frankie and Beebop still like me.
“To the Equissage Team,
I want to thank you for giving me one more 'Tool in the Tool Kit' as we train and support our developing champion Thoroughbred colt 'Trigger Warning'. There is no doubt in our minds that the skills I was able to learn from your Equine Sports Massage course have been able to benefit this amazing horse.
It wasn't easy coaxing and training a super fast sprint horse into running long but he's doing it. After challenging track records as a sprinter, no one gave him much respect when we sent him on a mile + run in the Ohio Derby...he showed them and finished within a length of a win! Indiana Derby was a photo finish earning second by a nose. Then we ran with some of the biggest names in one of the top prestigious races in America, The Travers Stakes at Saratoga. He was clipped and lost his left hind shoe before the first turn and then caught in traffic yet still finished ahead of 'Good Magic' and others who had been challengers to Triple Crown legend 'Justify'.
Thank you again for teaching a skill that is keeping him healthy and fit on his journey.
Cheesy wants you to know that our fall classes are filling up quickly! Visit our website to check out our schedule from September through December. 🍂🍁
🌟Attention Equissage Graduates:
We have clients who are looking for Equissage Graduates in the Williamsburg, Virginia area, and the Nashville, Tennessee area. If you are available, please contact us at [email protected].
Sweet dreams after a canine massage 😴😌
SUNDAYS WITH SAILOR 🐾🐾
I was planning on playing basketball with Bubba, Frankie and BeeBop but Mama found out I was not paying attention in Obedience School.
A lovely introduction to an Equine Massage final we recently received 💫
“Thank you for this amazing opportunity and dedication to helping as many horses as possible! I’d also like to thank you and your family for the many sacrifices and service to our country. I am learning more and more every day how much of a challenge that life can be. I am so thankful for having horses in my life to get me through it, and even more thankful that I can give something back to them through massage.”
An accurate depiction of Annie and Sailor today 🌞🌞
The winner of our Success Story contest will be announced October 1st! We’ve received many great submissions and can’t wait to reveal the winning story. 🍁🏅
SUNDAYS WITH SAILOR 🐾🐾
Heading out to dinner for National Dog Day with Bubba Ward, along with Frankie and BeeBop Scott. They were here for my birthday but they have to fly home tonight. Thank you everyone for all the birthday 🍰 wishes.
Melody was wearing a little Neighbelline eye makeup today💄#saturdayfun #saturdaypun
Friday selfies! 🐴📸
Alex and Melody, Ashley and Opi, Liz and Cheesey, Caitlin and Dancer ( And they all passed 🎉)
A Success Story from an Equissage Graduate💫
I work weekly on a mare belonging to a friend of mine. She is a lovely pony that was used as a school horse but now is in retirement at pasture. She tended though to get knots in her neck, and was prone to becoming stiff at the walk, so I attend to her regularly. The first time I massaged her she loved it so much that at one point I stopped because it was so hot, and went to take a quick drink from a bottle on a nearby hay bale. When I walked away, the normally placid mare looked at me, snorted, and began pawing the ground forcefully, and continued to do so until I returned as if to say “Hey! Where are you going, you’re not done yet!”
#Throwaback with Isaiah, the gentle giant, watching over his friends. 💛
Mornings with Melody ☀️
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