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Racehorse Integrative Support Therapies Level 5 (Level 6 Irish Framework)

Course: Onsite and distant learning.

Duration: 14 months in total. The course is run in 2 Modules. Module 1 is run with 5 days attended learning at our training site 10am – 4pm. One day per week for 5 weeks followed by 6 months distance learning. Module 2 is run the same way.

Overview of the Training Programme

If you are passionate about a career with racehorses providing Equine Therapy with everything you need to be successful and well respected,  then this is the training programme for you.  ​  UK Rural Skills accredited, align to level 5, ( level 6 Irish Framework) aimed at the higher education student.


The unique integrated programme produces equine professionals with excellent therapeutic practical skills and rehabilitation strategies to implement based on in-depth assessment of the horse and academic knowledge.

There is a growing demand for ‘high quality and caring’  professionals in the racing industry.  We meet this at Equi-ed,  every racehorse is treated as an individual – we don’t just teach you to massage a horse – every horse is different and requires a tailored approach and there is much more to therapy than massage alone.

Our  aim is to help racehorses to perform more comfortably, recover better whilst overall enhancing their health and wellbeing.  Welfare is high on our agenda.

What you Study

An immense range of musculoskeletal practical skills for you to apply, such as:  sports massage, deep tissue muscle release, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, joint mobilisation and more!

Training principles that are based on objective, evidence based research and a thorough understanding of the racehorse.  With a keen interest in injury prevention.

The physical and emotional structure of the horse include its anatomy & physiology, behaviour and psychology, other important systems such as the foot and dentition, supplementary subjects of horse and rider anatomical relationship, suitability of tack and training aids and much more make for an “all-encompassing programme of study”.  We even have a unit dedicated to building a successful business and the legalities involved with this including working with other professionals and within the Veterinary Act.

Programme Delivery

Therese Murphy and her team of highly qualified, experienced Instructors who create a relaxed and enjoyable learning environment.

Multimedia presentations to suit all learning styles and preferences.

At the ‘attended learning’ we cover industry specifics so you are fully prepared for what you will encounter after you qualify.


In-depth practical skills training on a variety of horses.

Ongoing support during your ‘distance learning’.


Fully flexible, whether you are a student, in full time employment, balancing a family etc we are mindful of how busy everyone is.  Delivery is therefore in 2 blocks.   Module 1 has some attended learning tuition and practical with horses over 5 days.  Usually, one day per week for 5 weeks.  Module 2 (the same format) is taught six months later.  In between, you complete your distance learning of case studies and assignments.


By training with Equi-ed you will excel in your own therapy practice or might be employed directly as a Therapist for a  racing  Trainer.  You may even want to work overseas as we currently have graduates of this programme in a number of countries.

To support you through your career we offer a full range of add on CPD (continuing professional development) training days in associated therapies both complementary and alternative which are popular among our Graduates and again supplement your skills  to be the best you can be in the industry. Extensive training under one umbrella guaranteeing the same high standards.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees for the course are very competitive given the high standard of training offered by Equi-ed with the UKRS accreditation.  We aren’t the cheapest but we are the best.  People often contact us having completed shorter and cheaper courses but their skills and work available to them is limited.

Attendance in Ireland training fees:

Total Fees = €3200

Final Assessment & Certification = €200

*Monthly Payment Plans are available *

Entry Criteria

We welcome applications from at least ONE of the following categories: We do not discriminate against any applicants – each application is taken on its own merit.  If in doubt if you will qualify for a place on our training programme please get in touch and we will be happy to help you.

Those who work in the racing industry with a good standard of education.

Level 3 Diploma (formerly NVQ level 3) in Racehorse Care & Management and/or extensive work in the racing industry, including for licensed racehorse trainers.

Other Equine Professionals.

Minimum age is 18.

Please do get in touch with any queries so that we can guide you appropriately.

If you are currently working withing the racehorse industry you may qualify for a grant. Please get in touch to find out more.

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