EQMT 100

EQMT 100:  (Equine Massage Therapist) 100 hour program

EQMT 100 series of classes are for licensed human massage therapist, who wants to add “equine” massage to their license or certifications.

WA State Students: On-line or Long Distance includes 10 weekly lessons (50 Hours)  + Lab – 101 (50 hours hands on live instruction).

Out of State Students: (National and International) – On-Line and Long Distance students from States or Countries that do not regulate equine massage, includes 15 lessons and how to videos (doesn’t require hands on “Lab”, but it is highly recommended). Students will need to be able to send video representation of their massage skills to instructor through-out course, for practical evaluation if they don’t attend the hands on lab.

EQMT 101: On-campus

Length 4 months – Monday’s 9am – 3:30 pm (6.5 hours)

1st Class: Start Date = Sept. 6th – Dec. 20th 2021

2nd Class: Start Date = Feb. 7th – May 30th 2022

3rd Class: Start Date = July 11th – Oct. 31st 2022

EQMT 102: On-Line

Length 4 months –  WA. State students will complete the program with lessons via our web site and  fifty (50) of the 100 hours on-site for practical (Lab) hands-on training and testing. Out of State students, are recommended to take the “lab” but is not required. Enrollment is continually. Available “Lab” dates will be notified by instructor upon enrollment.

LAB -101 (50 Hours Hands-on) Theses hands on hours are required for WA State students in the On-line & Long Distance classes.  Or for any therapist who wants more live one on one instruction, or even as a refresher. Topics covered in this lab are behavior & handling, safety, first-aid, theory & practice foundation “Swedish” massage techniques, kinesiology, anatomy & physiology, gait analysis, conformation, palpation, business practices and record keeping.

 LAB – 102 Advance Technique Lab (50 Hour’s Hands-on.) Prerequisite is Lab 101. This Lab is for therapists, who need the additional hours to qualify for NBCAAM. (therapist need 200 hours in animal massage to qualify for the “National” exam). Is also a great CE class for therapist wanting to learn advance techniques; myo-fascial release, structural integration, acupressure, muscle testing, micro current stimulation and red light therapy.

Note on “LABS”: WA State & NBCAAM require a certain amount of hands on (live) instruction. Students that are from States, that do not regulate by law equine massage therapy, nor require hands on hours, it is not mandatory for these students to participate in the 50 hour hands on labs, although the Labs are highly recommended for students who can travel to the LES Campus. These Out of State students will be provided many LES videos of hands on training to cover required subject matter of Theory & Practice, Behavior & Handling, Safety and Advance Techniques. These videos consist of live footage of Mary Lou Langley demonstrating and instructing the hands-on portion of the On-campus class with actual students.

Scope & Sequence  – Equine Massage Therapist EQMT 100 Courses 

Method of Instruction: is instructor-lead, lecture, demonstrator, practical exercise, distance learning, lab, computer-assisted, video’s and other media and the self-study method.


To start and grow an equine massage practice, a student must be able to be confident and communicate with equine professionals. A graduate needs to be able to evaluate a horse and effectively treat him / her so that there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that your work is valuable and effective. The therapeutic approach taught at Langley Equine studies is “Swedish Massage” techniques, a combination of Myo-fascial Release, Neuromuscular, and Structural Reintegration and acupressure modalities.  Functional Anatomy, Anatomy of Equine Movement, Pathophysiology of Pain and Fitness are also taught. Langley Equine Studies is an intensive program of study to discover a greater level of awareness and communication between human and horse as the basis for therapeutic treatment. Successful business practices, marketing and record-keeping are also included in the core curriculum.

Sequence of Course:

WA State RCW’s regulating e Equine massage:

RCW 246-830-435 Animal massage training.   For the purpose of animal massage therapist endorsement “Large Animal Endorsement” as provided in chapter 18.108  RCW

An hour of training is defined as fifty minutes out of a clock hour of actual instructional time.

These one hundred hours consist of the following:

  • Twenty-five hours of animal massage technique
  • Twenty-five hours of animal kinesiology
  • Twenty hours of animal anatomy and physiology
  • Four hours of animal first aid, which include knowledge of normal vital signs, identification of emergency or life threatening situations, emergency first-aid application, and legal boundaries of emergency situations
  • Twenty-six hours of proper handling techniques which must include instruction on the ability to control the animal to minimize risk of harm to the animal and the animal massage practitioner.

“Mary Lou is what makes Langley Equine Studies such an amazing school! Not only does she have an incredible depth of knowledge of both horses and massage, but she has the ability to teach her students in a way for them to truly succeed. As a 16-year human massage practitioner myself, I was humbled at how much I still had to learn and grateful at how much knowledge I gained under Mary Lou’s instruction. I learned muscle origins, insertions and actions far more thoroughly in this course than I did in my 800 hour human program and that is greatly due to Mary Lou’s challenging and encouraging teaching style.”

Dana Peterson, 2023 100-Hour Graduate

Langley Equine Studies