About the program

The Ideal School for Equine Massage Therapy Certification

In this video Geary Whiting, owner and equine massage instructor, shows six methods of how to massage a horse.

To learn more about the 6 techniques, click our Shiatsu page.

In looking at Geary Whiting's Equine Massage School program, you will see that there is nothing like it anywhere else since I am the only one I know who covers both Horse and Rider. Many of my graduates are very happy to find the Team Concept as I cover the needs of the human as well. This is not your typical massage therapy certification course.


Happy Trails Padnas,

Geary Whiting


The program is sent out well in advance, and it is very important that you go through all the material before class begins. To effectively teach this material and subject matter in class I expect all students to come to class prepared. I have created the ultimate program for TEAM horse and rider, and school will keep you busy. While in school I will be answering your questions and fine tuning your program.


Monday- Book day in the main cabin.

Tuesday and Wednesday – Hands on horses with picnic lunch at the ocean.

Thursday- Breakfast outing and human massage techniques in the Redwoods.

Friday- Question and answer/marketing



This is valuable information! In this chapter, we cover 134 health problems horses face. We address what causes them, how to address them, and how to prevent them. We also cover human nutrition from Vitamin A to Vitamin U as well as natural minerals, what they do, and what foods provide them.

These techniques are illustrated as well as covered in my video.


No foot, no horse! This chapter has diagrams, articles, and a better alternative to metal shoes. Based on the interest I receive from my students on this subject, I feel you will get a lot out of this section of the program. Please go to swedishhoofschool.com for interesting videos showing impact and how it affects the Coffin Bone.



You will become acquainted with fitness and training techniques, common problem areas of stress, and injury from training and performance. You will also find an excellent article on trailering your horses from a study done at the University of California, Davis.


Over the years I have started to put less emphasis on memorization of the anatomy and more on the treatment itself. Still, it is good to have a working knowledge of horse anatomy. So...it is time to color your own horse and have a little fun and relaxation as well as understanding the function of the muscles.


This is a very informative and interesting study into how music affects strength, attitude, and performance. You will learn about what we call “The Anapestic Beat.” This a beat contrary to that of the heart. With proper understanding, both you and your horses will greatly benefit.


I have selected some of my more informative articles which will show the benefits of what you are learning through this program. You will also find more of my articles here.


8 - HUMAN MASSAGE (Shiatsu)

In this chapter, you will learn my style and techniques for humans. You have a video, diagrams, and explanation of how and where to treat. You will learn what meridians are as well as how to get rid of a headache. Yes, a video is included in this section. You may be asking, "Why would I want to be studying human massage?" Even though you will not become certified in human massage, nonetheless, you will have a great gift to help others, your family and friends. Breaking into the Equine massage field will have its challenges, and if you can help the owners and trainers by getting rid of their nagging issues, you will have an open door to the horses.



There are many fitness programs available, if we only would do them. I know there are many ways of getting fit, but I have given you a favorite one of mine because it gets quick and effective results without injuries. However, it does not mean it is easy! You will also have a program and a video showing how to use the techniques.


That is the program, and it is worth 60 CE’s for those who need to update their required education for human massage requirements.


On-Site Program


Big Sur, California is rustic and beautiful. The view is spectacular at 3,200 ft. looking over the top of the trees down to the Pacific Ocean,  breakfast and lunches are simple. Evening meals are gourmet/organic, lodging is charming, simple, relaxing and enjoyable. Showers and restrooms are in the main cabin and lower area of the property. The main cabin is a remodeled gold miner/ prospectors cabin which was built by my grandfather in the early 50s and lends itself to cozy, comfortable sleeping. Warm summer evenings are best enjoyed out under the stars. Outdoors on his remote private property is where the teacher sleeps during school. He loves the sounds of nature at night, and you will as well. I encourage all of my students to try camping, which is what Big Sur is world famous for. A lot of work has gone into this set-up to make it a wonderful experience at the equine massage program. It will be an experience you will never forget. Oh yes, lots of walking trails and places to get away for those who love doing so.


Arrival And Departure Information


Those arriving in San Luis Obispo will be picked up by Geary between 11am-4pm on Sunday. Those coming from LAX will meet Geary in San Luis

Obispo at pick up time. Because of the price savings some may wish to rent a car and drive from one of the major airports such as Sacramento, San
Francisco, or LAX. Those driving from the North are in for a treat while driving the Big Sur Coast, which is truly an unforgettable experience.
Those driving will meet in Gorda Springs at the Whale Watcher Cafe. School is over by noon Friday to provide enough time for those leaving for home to catch their flights. This may be a good opportunity to extend school into a vacation. If you have questions contact Geary 530-410-5270.



This video is an over view of the exquisite dining experience at Geary Whiting Equine Massage School for Horse and Rider

You will have the option of a $3,000,000.00 Liability Insurance for your business at a discounted price to you of $75.00 for the first year. The $2,495 is all-inclusive of the following:


Massage, stretching, and saddle fitting.

Health and fitness for horses and human.

Health problems, what causes them, how to address them, and how to prevent them/ horse and human.

Workout program for horses and rider.

How music affects horses and people.

Natural foot of the horse versus the shod foot.

Marketing and human relations.

Massage techniques for the human.

Certification/insurance at a reasonable price

Smoke-free environment. 

Meals/ natural/organic.

Lodging and outings/ camping, if desired.

Students sleep in rustic cabins without



All materials for school will be sent out upon sign-up. This is what you will receive once your deposit has been completed. Usually you should receive your program within four days.

1- My nine chapter 240-page study book.

2- VIDEO ONE:  Massage techniques, stretching, and saddle fitting.  This video is also available for separate purchase of $79.95 here.

3- VIDEO TWO: Overview of the program, workout and conditioning program, and Shiatsu massage techniques for people which will show how to perform chapter nine in your book. Since the techniques are the same for both horse and human, you will easily pick up the human side of the program. Keep in mind that I cannot certify you in the human part of the program, but your friends and trainers will appreciate you being able to help them with their problems by making their lives much better.

In-Home Program

Over the years many who have wanted to attend my Equine Massage Therapy program simply could not make the journey for various reasons and asked me if I would ever create an In-Home horse massage program for them. In doing such a program I thought to myself, how can I honestly create something with credibility. Certainly, the traditional approach in Equine Massage Schools was not going to work because answering some written questions was the only memorization but did not assure that the students really understood what they were doing!

Two In-Home Programs:

1 - $600.00 NON-Certification Program. For those who simply want to learn how to work on their own horses or friends' horses, I have created the Non-Certification $600.00 program with the same information I teach in my school complete with videos and consultations.

2 - The $1,200.00 Certification Program is quite extensive! You will need to show me you really get it before I put my name to a certification of any value.

As I thought about my school I soon realized I needed to see the student in action, and I would also need to see my In-home student in action. So, I decided I would make movie stars out of them. Yes, camera work was the order of the day, and, so, here are my certification program requirements.

You must present the following:

   A - Twelve-minute video presentation on the techniques, where to do them and how to do them.

   B - You must do a massage on the horse on one side. I will be looking for the following:
          a. Reaction of the horse. 
          b. Fluidity of techniques. 
          c. Timing where you will have 35 minutes to complete the massage. 
          d. All video work will need a person on the camera where they can follow you, a non-moving camera is not allowed.
   C - Everything on the videos in the program except human massage must be demonstrated:  massage, stretching, and saddle fit.

I will need the student to explain each chapter in the book which is not included in the videos. 

The nutrition chapter is perfect for going into depth as there is a lot of material for horse and human. A three-minute talk will not do. I want to know you actually have given some thought to this material and because of its importance you should get a lot from the material. The only reading on your video might be a quote from me. I want to see you actually get it and that you are sincere and excited about what you are learning. If you do this, then I will be pleased to affix my name on your certificate, you will feel you earned it, and you can feel good that I am not a PAPER MILL!

Always feel free to contact me with any questions. I am here to make you and your horses happy. 

Off-Site Programs

This is one of my very special groups from Ogden Utah, I truly enjoy these away programs. You can also go to my VIDEO PAGE and view STUDENTS HAVING FUN WITH GEARY and see another Utah (can we say out of control) group!




You will be the host and put together the group and the location. As the host, your program is at no cost. Four paid students –$1,500.00 per student, includes instruction and materials.

Every paying student past four gives the group a discount of $100.00 per student.


For those interested, contact Geary for details.


This is a very nice program for many reasons.

1- No airfare or travel expenses to attend the onsite program.

2- You do not have to leave your family.

3- Geary gets a paid vacation...now we're talking!!!


What Exactly Is The National Certification Board Of Therapeutic Massage And Bodywork NCBTMB?

This organization approves those teachers who have successfully demonstrated through their accomplishments that they are qualified to be providing further education in the massage field. This program is accredited for 60 CE's

 As one who is considering education in horse massage schools, what does this mean for you? It means you will be receiving a unique and well-rounded education based on Geary Whiting’s associations with World Class Trainers, Doctors, and Athletes, as well as his original research and accomplishments in the health and fitness world.

As you peruse my accomplishments you will be relieved knowing that this kid has been around the block quite a few times. Let me put it to you this way, this ole dog has some great education miles on him, and I look forward to sharing my years of experience with you. Happy Trails Padnas.

Learn more about massage techniques with founder and instructor, Geary Whiting!