The Leading UK Provider of Regulated Qualifications in Equine Sports Massage

Course Benefits

  • Level 4 Diploma
  • Fully accredited qualification
  • Certified by Open Awards
  • Hands on learning
  • Recognised by professional registrars
  • Recognised by RAMP
  • Recognised by insurance companies
  • Future proof

Course Details

  • Location : Tiverton
  • Start: September 2024
  • Duration : 460 hours (over 7 weekends)
  • Total cost: £2,950
  • Deposit: £950
  • Monthly installments available
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  • Equine Sports Massage Association
  • Animal Health Professions Register
  • Open Awards
  • RAMP
explaining the skeleton of a horse during the Level 4 Diploma in Equine Sports Massage training

If you are looking for a career as an Equine Sports Massage Therapist, then this is the qualification for you. RQF and AHPR accredited.

The ATSL Level 4 Diploma in Equine Sports Massage is OFQUAL regulated (RQF 610/1414/X) and accredited by AHPR and Open Awards.

AHPR Accredited

Animal Therapy Solutions are the UK’s leading training provider for equine sports massage and are the only training company in the UK offering the unique opportunity to gain a Regulated Level 4 Diploma in Equine Sports  recognised by The Equine Sports Massage Association.

The comprehensive and wide ranging syllabus is designed to provide graduates with an understanding of the management of the professional horse in an athletic sphere.

Competition horses require a structured regime to ensure that they are fully prepared for their competitive schedule in order to produce optimum performance. The Level 4 Diploma in Equine Sports Massage course considers the management of these horses covering farriery, foot balance, saddlery and tack, understanding and managing injury, disease and health, conditioning and training requirements, and many other relevant aspects of equine management.

The course is designed and intended for career therapists and is regularly attended by students from all over the UK.


Course summary

Qualification : Level 4 Diploma in Equine Sports Therapy
Accreditation : RQF, AHPR
Benefits : Entry level requirement for membership of the Equine Sports Massage Association
Training location : Tiverton Devon UK
Duration : 7 weekends (and a minimum of 460 TQT hours)
Start Date: September

Schedule for 2024/25 course

Course certification

Open AwardsDownload the Open Awards Qualification Guide for the Level 4 Diploma in Equine Sports Massage as listed on the Ofqual register of Regulated Qualifications (RQF)

Level 4 Diploma in Equine Sports Massage


Course Requirements & Prerequisites

  • 5 GSCE passes at A-C including English (or equivalent)
  • Applicants must be 21 years of age at commencement of the course
  • Learners should have a human massage qualification at Level 3 or above
    (The level of human experience may affect ESMA Membership – please discuss this with us on application)
  • Learners should have experience in human massage, ideally a qualification at Level 3 or above but please discuss this on application as some discretion may be applied
 (The level of human experience may affect ESMA Membership – please discuss this with us on application)
  • Learners must be able to attend our training school in Devon

*Applicants who do not strictly meet this criteria should contact Helen Tompkins to discuss their experience levels.


How to apply

Applicants are applying for the next ATS Diploma course in September 2024 right now.

Places are limited so please register as soon as possible.

Begin by downloading our information pack.

Information Pack

You can then use our registration form to enroll.


Further information

The course is delivered under the accreditation of Open Awards (an OFQUAL authorised awarding body) and also accredited by the Animal Health Professions Register. AHPR accreditation entitles graduates to direct entry to the Register which is a increasingly important reference for vets and industry seeking a source of quality training courses and suitably qualified graduates to be involved in the vet care team.

This Level 4 Diploma course is the entry standard for the Equine Sports Massage Association (ESMA), the primary, long established and well respected membership body for career Equine Sports Massage Therapists.

The course is delivered from September each year at a Training and Event Centre near Tiverton, Devon by Animal Therapy Solutions Limited and runs for 7 contact weekends (and a minimum of 460 TQT hours).

Helen Tompkins and ATSL, developers of the Level 4 Diploma in Equine Sports Massage, are the only equine training centre in the UK able to deliver this specialist qualification.

Teaching Team

The teaching and assessment team includes Veterinary Physiotherapists, Veterinary Chiropractors and Veterinary Surgeons. The lead tutor also provides training on Veterinary Physiotherapy degree programmes. Training is assisted by an experienced and fully qualified Equine Sports Massage Therapist, leading training Farrier (FWCF), Master Saddle Fitter and BHS Accredited Professional Equestrian Performance Coach.

The content of the course has been subject to an external Technical Review receiving the following recommendation:

“Having thoroughly perused the modules, lecture content, learning outcomes with assessment criteria, assessment procedures, records and structures; I found the proposed training to be of a very high standard. It has a strong physiotherapy bias and contains the relevant anatomy & physiology elements required for such a training course to sit alongside the practical ‘hands on’ massage content. I have no hesitation in recommending the course.”

Group study sessionStudents working in indoor school

Practical demonstration of equine sports massage

Content: RQF: Qualification Accreditation No. 610/1414/X

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