Horse Massage - The Next Step

Soon - very soon - August 10th to be exact - I will be in a classroom in Leesburg, Virginia.  I will be progressing in my career helping animals, something I truly believe I was born to do.  Another canine course, you ask?  No, not exactly.  I will be attending the Equissage School for Equine Massage.  You heard me right - at the end of five intense days, I will be a certified Equine Massage therapist!

Wait!  Don't laugh!  Massage is beneficial for ALL creatures - I've been saying this all along, and I firmly believe that it is the truth.  Massage has such beneficial properties for both body and mind - it's not a cure all, but I have never seen massage do harm in any situation.  We as humans believe so fervently in massage benefits for ourselves - why wouldn't we open our minds to see the benefits for our four legged companions?

Now, I'll be honest - I haven't been around horses for a while.  I have a lot more experience with canines and felines - humans too!.  I plan to visit a few horses, spend some time with them, and really get to know their personas.  In fact, if anyone can offer me visits to your stables, I am always willing to help out!  Horses are such large creatures; I know quite a few people who are afraid of them as well.  To me, they are gentle giants.  I am definitely not afraid of them, but I do think that spending a bit of time near some before the course would help to make me feel truly comfortable around them.

Equine massage and its benefits are known by serious horse owners.  People who own stables or race horses have known for some time what the benefits of massage are for their animals.  These aren't just pets for them, they are also an investment.  Now, this is not to say that they are more important then your pets or mine.  It's just a different relationship, especially for stables who race horses and want to keep them in tip top athlete's shape.  EMT enhances a horses performance, stamina and ability to recover from a hard day out of the barn, besides helping them to relax and encouraging better communication between horse and rider.

Needless to say, although I am a bit nervous, I really just cannot wait to get going!  I really believe that I was put on this earth to help animals, in one way or another.  I am truly blessed to be able to do something I like to do, and I really believe that adding this "notch in my belt", so to speak, will help me to be the best I can at my profession.  This is the first time I have had to travel and stay in a hotel for work - normally it's my husband who does that! - so I am a little nervous but I know that overall the experience will be positive and will really be something to cherish.  I am going to work my hardest at the course and in the end, I will be a licensed Equine Massage Therapist.  I can't believe how excited I am.  Wish me luck!

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