Thank you, Mary and Equissage, for a great week with Brave Name, Nicolas, Violet and all the other wonderful equine instructors! This was so good for me. AND i loved meeting my new cadre of fellow equine massage therapists Savannah Greene, Rebecca Hargreaves, Jill Baddorf and Julie Heinzman. 🧡
Dear Mary, First of all I hope that you are all safe and both 4 and 2 legged family are doing okay I just want to thank you. I have a little mini mare who suddenly could not walk, just shuffle. Everything else was okay but she looked like a little old lady. I reverted back to the training I got from Equissage and worked on her. It took about 12 days of massaging her every other day and last night she started walking a lot better. She stumbles once in a while but she is out in the field with the rest of the crew and hopefully is now on the mend. Will continue to use your treatments until she is 100%. Again, thank you so much I don't know if I told you but I had to have Spirit put to sleep last year as his arthritis was so bad he couldn't get up and his hips sounded like crumbled tissue paper when he eventually got up. I had promised him that when he was ready I would help him cross the bridge. The vet came out and put him to sleep and then he went to Precious Pets where he was cremated and now he is in the barn with Patches and PeeWee. Again, thank you for the training it is invaluable. Be safe and please take care. jackie carroll Picked on Pony Farm, 10641 E 640 Rd, Hennessey OK 73742 I know I didn't take the final exam but I still use your knowledge on my horses and donkeys
Cous, Sailor wrote an awesome book! TY!
I'm in AZ. I haven't seen anything in my area, so I thought about the online course. Looking at getting into something new. This working 2 jobs is getting really old.
Hope your Halloween was happy!!!!!!!
So grateful to give Junior his first Equissage, not sure who looks happier and hopefully the first of many to come . He is perfect .
Just thought I would share some of my wonderful experiences since having attended & successfully graduated Equissage in March 2000, The massage has become such a huge part of my life since then. Always watching 4 leggeds gait & assessing movement has always been a passion for me. I have shown horses in numerous disciplines since 1979 and raced & trained Standardbreds. Since 1992 I have shown, bred and trained Yorkshire Terriers also. I am very active in showing, breeding & judging dogs here in Canada. As an ESMT/CSMT I have been fortunate to have applied the Equissage methods to countless canines in the conformation and performance rings in North America and abroad. The transformation of many of these dogs and horses over the 19 years has been incredible to say the least. There is nothing more fulfilling and rewarding than helping any animal restore their full range of motion, mobility and eliminate pain associated with muscle strain and abnormalities. I can so highly recommend to anyone wanting to make a difference for animals to most definitely contact Equissage. Get ready for the most exciting time of your life, you will never regret it! and may this become your lifes passion as well 💖💖
Any equine massage therapists practicing in Texas? I have some questions.
I went to this beautiful school in 1992 and have been practicing Equine massage since then. It was a spectacular experience that changed my life! Furno my Arab Stallion was brought back to life again by massage and Reiki , after being left to die in a stall. Thanks to Mary and her class he recovered physically, emotionally and spiritually.
♦️♦️ I’m selling my Equissage home study program- sports massage therapy program. This is a $900 value I’m willing to sell for $800. Nothing has been used, watched or listened to. It comes with 2 DVD’s, CD, the how to manual, and all of the complete information needed for this class! This is a class you can take to become certified in equine sports massage therapy. The price includes everything shown and to be enrolled in the class (you need to submit an application to the program) Information about the class is attached in the pictures. If you have any questions please message me! I was going to do this class before I was in the hospital, and now I have expensive bills coming in.

Since its inception in 1991, Equissage has become the longest running certification program, the most widely recognized program and the leader in Animal Massage Certification in the United States.

Equissage is the oldest and leading trainer of animal massage therapists in the world. Since 1991, Equissage has graduated more than 20,000 Equine & Canine Massage Therapists, from every state in the US and 20 countries around the world. Our on site programs (listed below) are held at our facility in Virginia. Equine Certification Program 5 day course (Monday-Friday) Dual Certification Program (Equine/Canine) 5 day course (Monday-Friday) We also offer Home Study Programs for Equine an/or Canine Massage Therapy Certification. Please visit our website for more information: www.equissage.com

Mission: To ensure that our students are receiving the most thorough, complete curriculum available. Firmly hold to the offering of our curriculum both at our facility and through the homestudy courses at a reasonable and fair cost. In doing so, we will make the therapy more accessible to those wanting to pursue a career as a Certified Equine or Canine Massage Therapist.

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Whenever it’s raining, my dog looks at me like it’s MY fault... 🙄🐶

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Merry Christmas Eve-Eve from Sailor and Mary 🎄
#hammingitup #christmasphotoshoot #dogtopiapurcellville
Photo by Nova Pets Alive

December evenings at Equissage ☁️❄️


“Somehow Mama’s friend, Cindy Kontz took this picture of me when I was talking to Santa. Merry Christmas to all our wonderful friends and family.


Big hugs for a successful week. Congrats Annette! 🥳


Seven Signs Your Neighbor’s Dog Is Totally Into You

newyorker.com Here’s how to tell if that nearby canine really cares.

We started off the week great yesterday with a suprise visit from former instructor, Jo, and her husband Dave!
Not to mention we have a wonderful one-on-one student, Annette, pictured to the left.

Carole Miller


“Mama and I spent most of the day putting up our Christmas tree. I really like to help this time of year. “



“Mama and I spent most of the day putting up our Christmas tree. I really like to help this time of year. “


[12/13/20]   Want to learn at Equissage in 2021? Our program schedule from Jan-April is now posted on our website. 📆
Visit equissage.com for more information.

Brave Name is looking and feeling great today after getting a new halter and a nice massage!

[12/10/20]   #successstory #testamonial
"I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know how I am doing.
As you already know, I had my first paying customer just 3 days after coming home. My second customer was the following day. As of today I have done both horses three times and I have two new customers to do later this week. I have not advertised yet at all. I did however just pick up my business cards and I enclosed one to add to your collection. Thank you for my new wonderful career."

Our first edition of “Mondays with Melody”. We have a great group this week with Bella, Cat, and Melody (yes, we have two Melodys this week)!

Off the Leash

The Security dog...

[12/04/20]   We are looking for a Equissage graduate who is available to massage a canine client in the Asheville, North Carolina area. If you are available please contact us by email. [email protected]

[12/02/20]   #SuccessStory 🐶
"I did a massage on a dog by the name of Tuffy, who is partly paralyzed due to a stroke she suffered. When I arrived to give her a second massage, I noticed right away how bright and big her green eyes were and what a difference it was from the day before. I couldn’t get over the difference in her entire presence.
When I did the chin lift part of the massage, she stretched out with a big sigh. The right side—the side with the paralysis—has improved so much. As I worked her point of hip, she stretched out her right hind leg and held it for several seconds!"
-B.D, OH


It’s time to start preparing Fluffy and Fido for post-pandemic life

According to animal expert Zazie Todd, author of “Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy,” the eventual separation will be easier for pets “if you make changes gradually, starting potentially a long time beforehand."
An interesting read! 🐾

washingtonpost.com It may seem too soon to think about returning to normal, especially considering the surge in coronavirus cases, but the eventual separation will be easier for pets if you make changes gradually.


“Three years ago this very month I met Mama for the first time. It was such a happy day. I’m a lot bigger now!”


“Remind me: who said it was okay for me to eat all that stuffing yesterday?”—Opi

“Sometimes all we need is a second chance at something, knowing there is someone who sees our potential, and our desire to succeed, even if that doesn’t seem at all possible.
In the beginning years of Equissage, our students were happy having the opportunity to learn a Therapy that would help the animals.

Lately I have a sense that “passing” and certification are of the utmost importance. Understandable of course. This was not the way things were years ago. The world has changed so much since 1991 and now it’s as if we are genetically obligated to succeed, myself included.

Throughout the week we address every level of the learning process to the extent that our students are actually surprised, finding it almost impossible that their massage was
flawless. It’s almost a secret that is not revealed until Friday afternoon. Always gives me chills, sometimes even tears. Yes!

That being said, it is so IMPORTANT for everyone to know that if it happens to be a different outcome, a student can come back on a Friday for the review and massage or send us a dvd after more practice at home.

We do believe in you! Interestingly, I will never know what it’s like to take this class.

Below is a photo of the Equissage Equines upon their return home after a brief visit to check in with neighboring horses. They don’t realize that something like this doesn’t get me crazy anymore. Just another chance to cope.”


We had a great week with these people!
And did we mention they all passed? Congrats and good luck everyone 🎉✨

The Equissage horses study the massage sequence too, you know!

No better sight 🐴

Melody is a little jealous of “Sundays with Sailor” and thinks that we need “Mondays with Melody” instead!

We had a great time last week with these wonderful people!

Just because Dancer makes every Friday a little better 🐴

[11/12/20]   VETERANS DAY 2020

Two years ago today, we said farewell for now to my husband, Dee. Twenty six years ago we said farewell to our son, Eric. Both of them were Marines, both patriotic and proud!

Yes, there were days when I felt as if I had to reach up to tie my shoelaces, but faith in God, and the love of my family and friends, I feel a certain amount of resilience.

I have met people from all around the world who share my love of animals...my students. The Program we started many years ago has kept me busy and focused.

Please don’t feel sad for me, because by experiencing sorrow, I can also experience joy!

“Only one thing truly matters...to have lived with the integrity and honor which gives to life its highest, and really, it’s only meaning.”
Dee Schreiber ❤️


We have a few openings left in our December 7th and December 14th classes! Sign up soon at our website www.equissage.com 🐾

Sailor’s wearing his biggest smile for the fall weather 🍁🍂

“When we started seven years ago, people thought you were crazy if you told them you massage horses.”—Dee Schreiber
#ThrowbackThursday to 2000

“Most photogenic” award goes to Melody. Every side is her good side. 📸

Started off November strong with a new class ⭐️🐴
(If you can’t tell by the hats and jackets, it’s getting a little cold here in Virginia! )


“Mama had to remind me not to chase the geese and the deer again. I think the geese are long gone. I never knew they could fly because all they do is walk around the pastures.”

Sailor 🦌😑🦌

Over the years, there have been many articles written about Equissage graduates—this one is from 2002!

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