The cost to attend is between $310 – $595 depending on who is teaching the seminar workshop and location. For more information, please see our Beyond Horse Massage Weekend Seminar Workshop page.
The Beyond Horse Massage Weekend Seminar Workshop is open to everyone who are comfortable around horses and have the ability to pick up all for legs of the horse. If you have limited to no experiece with horses, we strongly advice you to work with a trainer first before attending.
The Home Study Course is a supplemental course that helps students improve their skills. This online course is a prerequisite for attending the Advanced 5-day course. All students wanting to attend the Advanced 5-Day Course must also attend the Weekend Seminar Workshop first.
Unfortunately, we do not allow students to attend only 1 day of the weekend seminar workshop. It’s disruputive to the other students and it would make it difficult for you to understand how to do all the methods correctly. When selecting a weekend seminar workshop to attend, please select a weekend where you are able to attend both days. However, we do understand that emergencies happen. If something happens that prevents you to attend both days after registering, please contact our office at (641) 472-1312.
You must have enough experience with horses that you are able to safely and comfortably perform the techniques taught in the course. In addition to working safely, you should be able to:
- work in an enclosed space such as a stall, with an unfamiliar horse
- pick up and handle the fore and hind feet and legs of an unfamiliar horse
- hold a leg long enough to examine the foot and leg
- attend a Beyond Horse Massage Weekend Seminar Workshop,
- complete the Beyond Horse Massage Home Study Course,
- be physically fit,
- have horse experience, and
- have basic knowledge of equine anatomy (learned from the Beyond Horse Massage book).
For more information on the requirements, please go to the Advanced 5-Day Course page
Our courses are interactive, hands-on instructional courses. Our instructors work with each student to ensure they understand and are able to learn each technique.
All students are required to attend the Beyond Horse Massage Weekend Seminar Workshop because they need to have a firm understanding of the foundational techniques of The Masterson Method before attending the Advanced 5-Day course.
In order to become certified in The Masterson Method students must have:
- Completed all of the training requirements of the program listed below
- Demonstrate proficiency in all of the techniques taught in the program
- Have taken the anatomy portion of our course or have equivalent experience.
Certification Program Phases
- Complete Phase 1 Courses by attending the Beyond Horse Massage Weekend Seminar Workshop and the Advanced 5-Day Course
- Complete Phase 2 by completing an approved equine anatomy course and the Field Work Course
- Complete Phase 3 by attending the Certification Completion Course
For more information, please visit our Certification page.
Time frame to complete the Certification Program: 12 – 18 months (maximum time frame is 2 years).
Yes! When you become certified, you will be able to accept clients as a Masterson Method Certified Practitioner. We also add your contact information to our online Certified Practitioner directory.
Please check your state laws on practicing alternative therapies on horses.
For more information, please visit our Certification Program page.
Yes! We offer CEUs for the following organizations:
- National Certified Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) for Continuing Education Units (CEU): Weekend Seminar-Workshop: 14 CEUs, Home Study Course: 12 CEUs, Advanced 5-Day: 32 CEUs, Field Work Course: 108 CEUs, Certification Completion Course: 21 CEUs.
- International Institute for Complementary Therapists Approved Training Provider
- Equine Therapies Association of Australia Approved Training Provider
There are three steps to gaining certification:
- Attend the 3-day Masterson Method Equine Specialist Training.
- Complete fieldwork, which involves practicing the bladder meridian technique with a variety of horses, practicing facilitating someone else doing the bladder meridian on a horse, sharing reflections on these sessions in writing to a mentor, and receiving feedback.
- Pass the online exam to demonstrate knowledge and competence.
If you’ve already attended the Beyond Horse Massage Weekend Seminar, you have a good foundation in the principles and basic techniques. The Equine Specialist Course will be a nice review with an emphasis on the responses and reactions often found in horses who serve in EAAT programs. If you wish, you may skip the first day (typically on a Friday) of the Equine Specialist Course and attend the second two days at a reduced rate. However, we recommend attending all 3 days, if possible.
Yes, in order to attend the 3-day Masterson Method Equine Specialist Course you need:
- At least 2 years of experience safely handling horses on the ground. Horse handling experience is critical to help ensure that you are experienced in reading horses’ responses and anticipating their behaviors.
- To read the Beyond Horse Massage Book to be familiar with the basic principles and techniques of The Masterson Method.
Although it is not required, it is recommended that students attending have at least 2 years of experience working as a volunteer or professional in an EAAT setting.
It typically takes from 2-6 months to complete the Equine Specialist fieldwork. Students will:
- Practice the Bladder Meridian Technique with 7-9 horses, and report on any challenges they experienced, what they learned, and if/how this horse would work in a facilitated bodywork session.
- Review written feedback from their mentor to incorporate into subsequent practice sessions.
- Practice teaching or facilitating a person unfamiliar with The Masterson Method in how to do the Bladder Meridian Technique, and provide a write-up reflecting on that experience.
- Complete a final exam to assess their knowledge of The Masterson Method and its use in EAAT settings and their overall readiness for certification.
- The responsibilities of a Masterson Method Equine Specialist are varied, including basic competence in the Masterson Method, ability to demonstrate and teach Masterson Method techniques, acute peripheral perspective, insight and sensitivity to challenges for participants, and ability to step back from interactions between horse and participant while keeping the experience safe for both. They must be flexible and competent in multi-tasking during a Masterson Method session.
- Therapy horses can have unexpected responses that the trained eye can foresee and intervene for optimal safety, while providing the utmost care and sensitivity to the participant’s wellbeing.
- Participants may also have unexpected responses, and the Masterson Method Equine Specialist is only trained to facilitate the experience of providing equine bodywork. Therefore, MM Equine Specialist must either partner with an EAAT “people professional” (instructor, therapist, or coach) or be dually-qualified to appropriately respond to the needs of participants in order to provide a safe personal experience for participants.
- The Masterson Method Equine Specialist is primarily responsible for safety around horses, while the instructor, therapist, or coach tends to the participant(s). In the case of a Masterson Method Equine Specialist having dual roles as both bodywork facilitator and people professional, a horse handler should be present to manage the horse in the event any issues arise for the participant(s).
EAAT professionals serve a vital role in the facilitated bodywork session. They can—
- Help the participant not take any issues that arise for the horse (e.g., a horse being excused from the session due to safety issues) as a personal failure/fault.
- Help to encourage and accommodate participants who are fearful of horses.
- Use their training to take precautions with and respond to any issues that could be triggered by the bodywork experience.
- Help bring awareness to participants who are uncomfortable with hands-on assistance.
- Appropriately reflect upon and/or process the experience with the participant after the bodywork session.