I attended a clinic (August 2017) that introduces people to equine message therapy. It was time well spent. This brief overview will not only improve my riding but also how I interact with horses. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who works with horses in any way. The information was presented in a well laid out format that flowed well from one point to the next. What made the clinic so enjoyable was the instructor. Mary Lou has a great wealth of knowledge but more than that, she truly has the heart of a teacher. The passion she has for the work that she is doing clearly comes through how she teaches. She was able to convey what she knows to me so that at the end of the clinic I felt confident enough to work on one of the school’s horses. This truly was a great way to spend the day. – Lorna Smith
I definitely enjoyed and learned from Mary Lou’s equine massage weekend clinic. Mary Lou is extraordinarily knowledgeable about this topic, as well as other methods of diagnosing and healing injuries to horses. I enjoyed her teaching style and appreciated that she checked in with me through- out the clinic to ensure I was getting what I expected from the clinic. While I am no means an expert – as horse massage is a complex topic – I was able to apply my new knowledge immediately to my horses at home. I look forward to my next learning experience with Mary Lou. I really did learn a lot from your clinic – please keep me apprised of future clinics, pending when they are, I would be interested in attending another for sure. – Jules-Ephrata
I enrolled in the Equine Massage Endorsement distance learning program at Langley Equine Studies. I am a current licensed “human” massage therapist and I wanted to add the animal endorsement to my license. I was nervous to do distance-learning because I did not own a horse of my own, but I came to find out, that was not even an issue. Mary Lou’s videos for the course were so informative and really made it feel like you were right there with her. And for being a distance course, I really felt like I could get a hold of Mary Lou whenever I had a question about the coursework. My favorite time was when I could head out to the school campus and do a few hands-on classes! The campus is so welcoming, there are so many horses to learn on and they all have different personalities, and the guest speakers that came to teach us horsemanship, behavior and handling, marketing and business practices only added to the experience! I definitely recommend Langley Equine Studies for learning equine massage! Not only will you get a comprehensive education and be set up for your future career, but you will become part of the Langley family and you’ll just keep learning new things all the time. – Courtney Emch
I am a 2016 graduate and this is my story. I always knew I wanted to work with horses, and that there was something out there in this world that I was supposed to do. I was never big on the idea of traditional colleges but I tried them anyway without success. I always said to myself that I wished there was a course I could take that didn’t involve taking classes that had nothing to do with my career choice. Well my wish was granted! Not only did I find a school that would give me the ability to work with horses, it was practically in my backyard. From the moment I met Mary Lou and her horse Colonel, I knew I had found my calling. I started off as a “long distance” student, but life threw me come curveballs and I was starting to lose concentration and momentum. Instead of giving up on me and just writing me off as a failed student, Mary Lou was full of faith and encouragement. She suggested I transfer to the on campus class that was starting in a few short months. Let me tell you that was the best advice! Being in the classroom setting having the other students and Mary Lou to interact with was just what I needed to keep me motivated and inspired to finish. Thanks to some hard work and wonderful mentoring I not only completed the course but graduated with honors! I highly recommend to anyone looking for a career in equine massage to come learn from Mary Lou. She is truly an inspiration! I hope that I make her proud, because I know I’m very proud to be a graduate from Langely Equine Studies! – Stephanie Giese
At Langley Equine Studies, I found a passion for massage, that I never realized I had. I began my college experience by taking traditional college classes, but nothing seemed to click. I’ve loved horses my whole life, and always hoped to end up with a career based around them. Equine massage has allowed me to become so much more knowledgeable about horses, be able to interact with them – and still earn a living! Mary Lou is a fantastic instructor and I learned so much from her teaching. She has a passion for helping her students be able to succeed. Thank you Mary Lou and Langley Equine Studies! – Jemi Morgan
I would like to share my interest in MaryLou Langley’s equine massage school. I have had the blessing to live in the same town as her. Knowing MaryLou for about 15 years, she has always helped me in several different ways. Last summer, I had an opportunity to attend Rodeo Queen University Camp. She was able to teach the horse knowledge part of the clinic. I have received a lot of her education from one on one and it was always so helpful, but seeing her ability to teach a group of girls of all ages and having their full respect the whole time was truly amazing. She is blessed with a gift to teach. A good teacher, genuinely caring, loving and selfless, which all of the above describes MaryLou . She is talented in many different ways from making top of the line queen clothes to bringing back horses to the competition arena and healing humans with massage she changes the lives of people and animals. She has this ability to share her passion and spread the knowledge that so many people need to learn.
I have been competing since the age of 5 and I believe that massage is a great way to heal a horse naturally. To keep the muscles healthy and a horse able to perform at their top level every weekend and not become soar. I’m currently a senior at CWU, I will receive my bachelors in Exercise Science. Hopefully when I graduate I will be able to continue my education and become an equine massage therapist. Where I can live my dream to rodeo every weekend and be able to work on horses while I am there educating honors on horse health and human health and the importance of both to be a top competitor. I would be blessed to have the ability to attend MaryLou’s school here in Washington where there is no other school of this type around. I would be able to start my dream career and share on my love for horses and the sport of rodeo. – Tami Deines
Your clinic was fantastic. The main emphasis on anatomy and physiology provided a foundation on which we can continue to build an understanding of the problems we face taking care of horses. The method that you give is systematic, easy to remember, and very safe. The references and the manual are very useful. The teaching of electrical stimulation is an excellent introduction to treating pain. The clinic was effective since I have been using the massage and stretching techniques every time I groom my horses since I met you. You need to know that Saydie’s (Horse) eye has remained open and the drainage has stopped. I have been stretching her daily and she can now stand for quite a while on her left injured leg. She has gained weight and is eating better. Twist (Horse) is also being stretched but she is tight and the progress is slower. I work on both hamstrings and stretch all 4 legs every time I groom her. On a more personal basis, you helped my beloved Saydie and Twist. They mean a lot to me, and I am very grateful. You are a gem. – Yannick Grenier