”"I can't thank Jessica enough for making this Equine Sports Massage Certificate available. I had been toiling with the idea of learning sports massage over the last couple of years but the courses offered required flying to another state or only run in WA every so often. Jessica and Equestricare is one of the most highly regarded therapy businesses in WA and the chance to learn with her was I thought, going to be a fantastic opportunity. The course so far has not disappointed me, it is presented in a way that students are always hungry for more, no boring lectures here! Practical modules are run in a way that anyone can come along and learn the topic they are interested in as a one off. The level of student support is exactly what I was looking for. Jessica is never too busy to answer any questions or show a technique. I can highly recommend this course to anyone that is interested in either being a Certified Massage Therapist or just for expanding personal knowledge. There are so many interesting topics to cover. The Equine Sports massage certificate course is awesome!"Jen Gibson
”"The equine sports massage course is amazing! I can't believe how much I have learnt and how much it has opened my eyes. I have always wanted to work with horses and help them out in anyway I could, so when I found out that jess was running this course I was so excited because it was exactly what I wanted to do and it was here in perth! Jess is a fantastic teacher and does everything she can to help you out and to help you learn. The courses are always amazing and you learn something new every time. They are also hands on which helps you develop your 'feel' for different muscular things and also helps you visually see things that you wouldn't normally pick up. This a truly amazing course and I highly recommend it :)"Emily Andrews
”"I am currently doing the certificate course, and I can say with all honestly, it's the best choice I've ever made. I've always wanted to work with horses, and when I heard Jess (from equestricare) was offering this course, I literally jumped at the chance - so far, it has been amazing! I look forward to every single workshop!! We cover SO many subjects and different areas, and how it all ties in. It's hands on, and Jess has been fabulous - we get to ask lots of questions, and really get a 'feel' for it. I love the fact that I am learning with some super fun, and like-minded people - I've made so many good friends from this course alone, which is always a bonus
Whether you want to make a career out of it, or just for personal interests sake - I would recommend it. It's been one of the best moves I've ever made, and I don't regret a moment. I'll be quite sad when it's over - I love listening, learning, and doing the hands on pracs with such a fun group of people and amazing teacher"Anne lloyd
”"I would highly recommend Equestricare as a course provider.Meagan Sommerville
It doesn't stop with the course, Jessica and her team run a very professional service and they are always available from the smallest of questions to the more challenging ones. I am continually learning from the support groups they have for students and completing the course has let me work doing something I love.
Massaging horses and working out what their issues are does not feel like a job at all, it is very rewarding and I have Jessica and the Equestricare team to thank for that."
”"I'm currently completing the Equestricare Sports Massage course and I’m LOVING it!
Id previously gone to a couple of Jess's short workshops and got hooked on them! (I ended up doing every single workshop or clinic that Jess had actually run!) I was learning SO much to just help my horses, and started to really piece together an understanding of how the horse works together as a whole! It REALLY opened my eyes to things I hadn’t even really considered before! And Jess made it all so easy to understand and relate to that I was starting to actually UNDERSTAND things like anatomy, conformation, sore muscles and everything! I was one of the ones bugging her to actually run a professional course and as soon as she mentioned it was finally in the making I signed up!
Through Jess & Equestricare and this course I’m constantly learning and understanding more and more and REALLY enjoying it! I’m totally addicted to conformation & anatomy now! When I started I didn’t have much of an idea about all the fancy scientific names and terms but Jess makes it so anyone at any level can start picking it all up! She’s happy to answer my billion-and-one questions at ANY time (and I *always* have plenty LOL) and has leaders in all the different connecting professions as speakers and everything and who are also all REALLY supportive! So at the end when we get our certification we have a multitude of different directions that this can all lead us in! It’s also opened my mind to opportunities down different avenues than I had originally never even considered!Lorraine Donnarchy
And the best part about the course is that you’re not learning by yourself! There are people doing the course and ALL different parts of the equestrian world so we are learning from each other as well! AND we’re all making fantastic friends and study partners!"
”"When the opportunity came along to train with WA’s most highly regarded and knowledgeable equine massage therapy business, I didn’t hesitate to enrol and it has not disappointed.
The workshops were always in-depth and interesting, and were also presented in an easy to understand format. The workshops covered a range of topics, from saddle fitting to nutrition to horse/rider biomechanics, all with the aim to help us be the best therapists we could.
Any questions we had, and as Jess always said to us ‘there is no such thing as a stupid question’, we threw at Jess and she always helped us through the situation. Jess is 100% committed to helping and supporting us, the students, throughout the course.
I am so grateful that Jess made the certificate available to the people of WA, as I am now living my dream and working as an equine sports massage therapist, with thanks to Equestricare for making this opportunity accessible.
I would highly recommended the course and workshops, to anyone interested in making their dreams come true or just expanding their equine knowledge."Dr Rosanna McKenzie
”"Having been around horses all of my life, I guess it was only natural that I would eventually combine my passion for horses with work. When I discovered the Equestricare Equine Sports Massage Certificate, I knew that it was just the course I was looking for. The self-paced online learning was perfect for me, as it enabled me to complete the theory components of the course around other life commitments. The practical component was extremely well taught and really solidified and expanded on the theory component of the course. Not to mention it was a great fun week where I met a group of wonderful like-minded horse enthusiasts, who I am still in touch with now.
Since graduating, I now run my own business as an Equine Massage Therapist in the Yarra Valley, east of Melbourne. The Equestricare course has given me so much knowledge and continued support, as well as an immense opportunity for ongoing professional development.
Jess and her team at Equestricare are always looking to improve and continue to improve their own skills and knowledge, which is a true reflection on the professional nature of Equestricare and the value that is placed on continued learning and self-improvement. The course provides so much support, so that even once you graduate, you always feel comfortable that there is someone there to answer questions, or bounce ideas off. I would highly recommend this course for anyone who wants to start up their own equine massage business, wants to learn how to massage their own horse, or even if you just want to learn a bit more about horse anatomy, physiology and biomechanics."Rebecca Rose
”"When I enrolled to start the Certificate in Equine Sports Massage Therapy I had no idea where it would lead me. To be honest, I never considered it would become a career, I was simply interested in expanding my knowledge for my personal benefit. It had been a lifelong dream of mine to run my own business in the horse industry but over the years of hearing how it is too hard, and there is no money in it, I gave up on that dream.
It was not until I started going out to see case studies that I realized this was the pathway to running a successful business in the equine industry that I had been waiting for. I loved every minute of being with my case studies and absolutely thrived when the positive feedback started rolling in.
I had been going through some struggles with my own horse, but throughout my studies I began to recognize how much he was struggling. Despite the fact I had other professionals telling me he was fine, just a typical OTT horse, I knew there was a deeper issue.
I have had dealings with several vets now, including for clients horses as well as my own. Each time, the vets have been quite impressed with my level of knowledge and my ability to accurately point out the areas of concern.
Since graduating I have been gaining bookings consistently week after week, with many of my clients remarking I have a level of knowledge and understanding of the horse beyond what they have ever experienced with other professionals. I love every minute of my work, and still need to pinch myself as a reminder this dream job has become my reality."Rebecca Howe
”"I treat race horses on a regular basis and some horses are extremely sore, the pain they are in is quite overwhelming. I would often take a deep breath and ask myself, "am I going to be able to fix this?".Maree Faint
I was not getting the results I desired so I was motivated to learn a different form of therapy. I contacted Jessica Blackwell at "Equestricare", to come to Queensland to teach me her form of equine massage. Jess happily obliged.
During the massage course, Jess helped me to assess a horse in a way I was never taught before and it was pretty clear to me that the problem was coming from his sacraoiliac joint. As I was treating him I was thinking, "wholly dooly he is in bad shape, this will take a miracle". His whole back was going into spasms, and was as hard as a rock! It was as if he was trying to turn himself inside out during the massage. He was having huge reactions and twisting and turning at my touch. People would walk past & see the horses reactions and ask, "what are you doing to that horse!!"
He improved tremendously over the next week. I assessed him again to find only a slight tightness along his back. His muscles had become soft and subtle. I gave him a follow up treatment a week later, and now the problems have diminished.
I have treated a lot of horses with Jessica's technique and am thrilled with the results. I highly recommend anyone to learn Jess's massage style. It works for me! Ask the horses!"
”"Thank you Jessica for developing such an interesting and comprehensive course for the Equestricare Sports Massage Certificate. In particular, thank you for making the course accessible to students from all over Australia.
The course material and standards required were comprehensive and challenging and as a result, having successfully qualified with my certificate, I feel competent to begin working in the equine muscle therapy industry.
I still have a lot to learn, but the ongoing support from yourself, your team and my peers allows me to find answers to my questions and gives me confidence to keep working and learning.
Thank you for a fantastic learning experience."Lynn Baker
”It felt like forever waiting for this week to arrive and can't believe it's over. Thank you Jessica Blackwell and Viki Flint for not only being fantastic teachers but being so inspiring and supportive. I'm SO glad I have chosen Equestricare Equine Sports Therapy. I have learnt so much this week and have been inspired to continue to educate myself. I have also enjoyed the opportunity to meet some really awesome fellow students. When something leaves you feeling this amazing you know it's GREAT!Bonnie Miller
”Finished the intensive Equine Sports Massage Therapy Course today - now the work begins so I can get certified. Can't wait to get into it and would have never thought I would love it so much. Thanks to Equestricare Equine Sports Therapy and our teachers Jessica Blackwell and Viki Flint - thank you so much, you are brilliant teachers and your passion is contagious! Also a big thank you to all the fellow students - all very kind and lovely people! I am so grateful I met you at this difficult time in my life. xoBarbara Vogel
”Just finished my intensive horse massage certificate today :)) what an awesome course can't recommend it highly enough loved every second of it and learnt so much :))) can't wait to treat loads of horses and put it all in practice :)) thank you to all in the group and our brill teachers.Cathy Smyth - Realign Equine
”Finally , finally!!
Thank you so much, fantastic
Can't thank you enough for your patience and understanding, your courses are second to none and I'm always very proud to say where I have studied through when asked and always recommend your business whenever people are looking for study options
Thank youJessica Lancaster - Liberty Equine Sports Therapy
”I greatly enjoyed being able to choose the speed at which I completed my Equestricare course. Additionally, the requirement that I massage so many different horses before graduating gave me a good sense of confidence before embarking on my own business journey. The workshop not only gave me hands on learning opportunities but also the chance to meet colleagues and mentors.I currently enjoy every day I spend massaging a variety of different horses of many breeds and fields of work. It's always a pleasure.Rebecca Bloomer- Equine massage therapyEquine therapist
"Three years ago I was looking for a course to expand my equine knowledge and came across a course run by Equestricare called Basic and Intermediate Equine Massage. Having had Jessica Blackwell Lloyd out to treat my horse and discovering he had a sore poll and back, I decided that if I could manage to learn these techniques I might be able to help my own horses.
I thoroughly enjoyed the horse and learnt so much, I had previously had some exposure to equine massage before in the UK, but this was in a completely different league. After I completed the course, I tried to use the techniques I learnt on my own horses and horses in my care. They all seemed to enjoy their massages and definitely benefited from them.
In 2011 I started looking for a more in depth course I could enrol into, but to my dismay found most of the courses based over East, on line without any practical’s or ones focusing on racehorses. I continued searching for a course until in 2012 I received an email from Equestricare regarding the Equine Sports Massage Therapy Certificate. After a lot of investigation and making sure I had the funds available, I enrolled on the course and never looked back!
During the course I have learnt about Equine anatomy, conformations, horse and rider biomechanics, equine nutrition, different massage techniques and tools as well as expanding my knowledge on Equine Physiology and Fitness. I thoroughly enjoyed the course; every workshop was fun and a revelation. I also made new friends on the course, all of whom have been supportive of each other and make a good team. All the course work was well set out and challenging enough to make me study hard. Every time I did more revision or attended another lecture or workshop I learnt even more.
The course helped me decide what I wanted to do in my future career, set up my own business specializing in Equine Fitness as well as treating horses by massaging them and using red light therapy. The course gave me the tools and techniques to enable me to do this and I received all the support I needed to enable me to complete this course and set up my own business. The highlight of the course was passing my practical examination and being awarded my certificate in Equine Sport Massage Therapy with other graduates. I now run Ebony Equine Fitness providing equine fitness programmes and have the pleasure of working with Equestricare providing Equine Sports Massages and treatments.
I highly recommended the course to anyone who owns a horse, rides a horse, looks after them, or would like to make their career an equine based one."Viki FlintTherapist
"Equestricare massage studies has provided me with a great addition to my coaching business. Understanding more about how the horses body works has helped me understand how I want the horse to build and develop in its training. It also means I can be on top of issues in the performance horses before they become a problem. More often than not a horse is not ‘misbehaving’, it’s expressing that there’s an issue wether it be pain, bad saddle fit etc. Being a body worker as well as a coach has given me a broad view on the overall health and well-being of training our performance horses. With all the courses Equestricare offers you can really tailor your approach to working with horses and their well being and follow the areas that inspire and motivate you "Kyrie De Jong- KDJ EquineTherapist