Jack Meagher Institute CURRICULUM - for foundation level seminars


Equine Anatomy and Physiology

  1. Equine anatomy and physiology as it pertains to the musculo-skeletal system.

  2. Discussion comparing the anatomy of humans to horses and the physiology of massage and exercise.

Biomechanics of Motion

  1. Muscular Kinetics as developed by Jack Meagher.

  2. The science of motion and applied anatomy.

  3. Developing an eye for range of motion.

Hands-on Application

  1. Meagher Method Sportsmassage as it applies to horses.

  2. Specific Meagher Method techniques for riders and other human athletes.

  3. Learning to work with and communicate with horses

 Conditioning and Strengthening

  1. Specific exercise for the horse to aid in the rehabilitation of muscle injuries.


  1. How to recognize certain lamenesses, their relation to range of motion and secondary soft tissue complications.

  2. Indications and contra-indications for massage therapy.

Veterinary Ethics

  1. Following the guidelines of the AAEP, we will discuss the limits and scope of our practice as it relates to veterinarians and other equine professionals.

Body Mechanics

  1. Prevention of work related injuries for the therapist.

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