RQF Registered equine therapy courses in Devon

Ali Sizmur massage

Recommended massage course

In order to enrol in the Level 4 Diploma in Equine Sports Massage course offered by Animal Therapy Solutions, applicants must come with prior knowledge and a qualification in human body massage.

The L4 Diploma does not teach massage, rather it teaches students how to apply their knowledge and understanding of massage techniques to horses.

Any student who has such qualifications and is interested in undertaking the L4 diploma must first register their interest through this website. Your current qualifications and experience will be assessed to ensure they meet the entry criteria for the Level 4 ESM Diploma course.

Sports Massage Qualification

Although the L4 Equine Diploma is a sports massage qualification it is not necessary to have human sports therapy first. Applicants need only show that they have some manual therapy training. A human body massage course is acceptable and this may be at various levels.

It is however, recommended that the human course should be a Level 3 in order to allow graduates from the equine course to be able to work on the rider also.

ATSL Reccomends Ali Sizmur

For potential applicants struggling to find a human course which fits with the ATSL L4 Dip ESM timescales, Animal Therapy Solutions highly recommends Ali Sizmur.

The Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy course offered by Ali is the perfect prerequisite to the Level 4 Diploma in Equine Sports Massage and fits perfectly with ATSL’s L4ESMD term dates.

Ali has combined her lifelong love for horse riding and fitness into a business that offers human massage and sports massage courses that perfectly compliment the Equine Level 4 Diploma.

She is based in Devon and contributes to the delivery of the equine course so is familiar with ATSL’s requirements.

As well as being an all round lovely person, Ali boasts an impressive CV filled with qualifications and experience dating back over 20 years. Her business offers a wide range of services including Pilates classes, therapy treatments and training courses.

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

The Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy is run over 6 weeks, with 5 days intensive training followed by a 5 week gap where coursework will need to be submitted and portfolios produced. At the end of the 5 weeks there will be a further 2 days: a study day and an exam day.

Level 3 diploma in sports massage therapy

Dates for 2023

3rd – 7th July, 12th and 13th August 2023

Please visit Ali’s website for more information or to get in touch with her.


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To find out more about the prerequisites for the L4 Diploma in Equine Sports Massage, please download the Animal Therapy Solutions Course Information Pack

  • Equine Sports Massage Association
  • Animal Health Professions Register
  • Open Awards
  • RAMP