Hear what some of our clients have to say

"Three years ago I was looking for a course to expand my equine knowledge and came across a course run by Equestricare called Basic and Intermediate Equine Massage. Having had Jessica Blackwell Lloyd out to treat my horse and discovering he had a sore poll and back, I decided that if I could manage to learn these techniques I might be able to help my own horses.

I thoroughly enjoyed the horse and learnt so much, I had previously had some exposure to equine massage before in the UK, but this was in a completely different league. After I completed the course, I tried to use the techniques I learnt on my own horses and horses in my care. They all seemed to enjoy their massages and definitely benefited from them.

In 2011 I started looking for a more in depth course I could enrol into, but to my dismay found most of the courses based over East, on line without any practical’s or ones focusing on racehorses. I continued searching for a course until in 2012 I received an email from Equestricare regarding the Equine Sports Massage Therapy Certificate. After a lot of investigation and making sure I had the funds available, I enrolled on the course and never looked back!

During the course I have learnt about Equine anatomy, conformations, horse and rider biomechanics, equine nutrition, different massage techniques and tools as well as expanding my knowledge on Equine Physiology and Fitness. I thoroughly enjoyed the course; every workshop was fun and a revelation. I also made new friends on the course, all of whom have been supportive of each other and make a good team. All the course work was well set out and challenging enough to make me study hard. Every time I did more revision or attended another lecture or workshop I learnt even more.

The course helped me decide what I wanted to do in my future career, set up my own business specializing in Equine Fitness as well as treating horses by massaging them and using red light therapy. The course gave me the tools and techniques to enable me to do this and I received all the support I needed to enable me to complete this course and set up my own business. The highlight of the course was passing my practical examination and being awarded my certificate in Equine Sport Massage Therapy with other graduates. I now run Ebony Equine Fitness providing equine fitness programmes and have the pleasure of working with Equestricare providing Equine Sports Massages and treatments.

I highly recommended the course to anyone who owns a horse, rides a horse, looks after them, or would like to make their career an equine based one."

Viki Flint - WA Class of 2011

Viki Flint
I first got Jessica out because my thoroughbred Cash was having some problems. I posted for some advice on a horse page and Jessica offered to come out and take a look at him. The first day she came out my boy was not in the mood to stand still, let alone have a massage! Jessica gave him a quick look over for confirmation issues and got me to trot him up, then spent a very long time (and a LOT of patience) calming him down and massaging out his sore points. She gave me some great stretches to do with him and I found an immediate change in him. I then had her out every second week for a while. When I discovered he had head shaking syndrome Jessica gave me some great advice and told me about her own experiences with one of her horses who suffered from it. What I love most about Jessica is that every time I've had her out she's talked to me and shared all of her knowledge, as well as dealing with my boy and all of his problems! She's always been so patient and caring with him that I would never get anyone else out! Tegan Mullins

I highly recommend the services that Equestricare offer. The massage and other therapies that are available are invaluable to maintaining my stallions through the demands placed on their bodies from their dressage training and breeding duties. Jess Blackwell's knowlege of the horses body and muscle function is outstanding and makes a huge difference to how they all perform under saddle. 

Kristy Jarvis - Dynamik Stallions

I have used Jessica Blackwell for my horse. Before Jessica did her first session on my horse he could barely move. He struggled to transitions from trot to canter and couldn't engage at all. After Jessica gave him his first session of therapy, he finally started to engage in his hind quarters and use his back muscles properly, he gained weight and I even saw a difference in his stress levels. He had spent such a long time in so much pain and once Jessica relieved his pain he became a really calm horse.

I've seen a massive difference in my horse since having Jessica do therapy on him. I have Jessica to do therapy on my horse now every month and my horse has NEVER been happier or performed better. Jessica is a very honest professional and that I found that to be very refreshing in the horse industry nowadays. She's lovely.

Charlotte Moore

Jess came out to do Hons massage yesterday .. and after the 1 hr session, you could already see an improvement! From the start, you could just see her working her magic on my girl, hitting a few key points that were obviously sore, and working with them. Afterwards, I took her for a quick walk - her step improved 110%. She's more relaxed, taking larger strides, and was just generally happy. She had a little head throw and a trot around her paddock before getting her dinner - obviously feeling very good! (Jess if you are reading: thankyou sooo much!! Will be in contact to organise another massage in a few weeks time).

Jessica Swill