The care of many performance horses includes alternative therapies such as equine therapeutic massage. Certified massage practitioners provide complementary care to regular veterinary services, and the field offers plenty of opportunities for those with the proper education, experience, and certification. Lake Erie College is the only four-year college in the nation to offer instruction and certification in equine massage therapy for academic credit. Students in either Equestrian Facility Management, Equestrian Teacher/Trainer (English), Equine Business Administration, and/or Equine Therapeutic Horsemanship may earn a Certificate in Equine Massage Therapy.
Coursework includes 50 hours of classroom and laboratory instruction in both the scientific and experiential study of Equine Massage. Students learn and practice therapeutic massage on school horses as part of the experiential curriculum taught by the professional equine massage therapist, Laura Gentile.
Prerequisites for the courses are Equine Anatomy & Physiology I and II, giving Lake Erie College certified equine massage therapists an in-depth education upon which to build their business and clientele.