ABOUT EQUINE EDUCATION USA
Home of Equissage California
In the mid 1950’s, the pioneer in the field, Jack Meagher (pronounced “Mar”) coined the term “sports massage”. Based on anatomy and physiology of the horse and human, Jack developed a modality of massage that focused on optimizing the functionality of the muscular system. The used this modality initially on his human clients, but his love for our equine athletes led him to develop sports massage for the horse. He was the massage therapist for the National Football League, and the United States Equestrian Team. He was awarded for his extraordinary work with an honorary membership in the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). He eventually met Mary Schreiber, the founder of Equissage, and they worked together to create a course to teach these highly effective methods.
Equissage was founded and incorporated in 1989 by certified (Human) Massage Therapist, Mary A. Schreiber. Mary became interested in using massage on animals, and specifically horses, as a result of the outstanding benefits she saw on human clients. At the time that she started Equissage, Mary was operating a horse-boarding stable in Bucks County, PA. and was actively competing in regional Western Pleasure Shows. As she began to witness first hand the effectiveness of the therapy on her own horses, she decided to market her equine massage
service at local racetracks. The results were remarkable. Horses that hadn't finished in the money in over a year were starting to win, and horses that had been given up on were back working and racing competitively. At the same time, she also began working on show horses at many of the shows at which she was competing. The results were the same...horses were performing better than they had in years, and muscle injuries were healing faster than owners and trainers believed possible.
As a result, Mary was besieged with requests to start teaching the therapy to others. Trainers, owners and riders were all interested in learning this wonderful "new" therapy. Thus was born the Equissage Certificate Program in Equine Sports Massage Therapy. It was to be the first such program in the world. And since 1992, Equissage has graduated more than 10,000 Equine Sports Massage Therapists, from every state and 19 different countries around the world. Many graduates work for the very top echelon of owners and trainers...both in the racing world, as well as on the show circuit. Some have been selected to work with the US Equestrian team at the Olympics, while others have worked on winners of Triple Crown Races.
Sabrina Perez, one of Mary’s top graduates, was chosen by Mary to bring Equissage from the East Coast all the way to the West Coast. In our “Equine Level 1: Equissage Sports Massage Certification” You will receive the same curriculum, coursework, and certification now in California as in Round Hill, Virginia. Along with that identical course work, Sabrina added many new lessons and important topics all while using Mary’s coursework as a foundation. Sabrina has been a horse enthusiast since the age of 13. Her first horse was an Arabian Thoroughbred gelding named “Kahn”. Kahn is the horse that started her journey into the horse world at such a young age. In college at California Polytechnic University, Pomona, Sabrina studied Equine Science and Pre-Veterinary studies, all of which tie into her work today. Since bringing the Equissage curriculum to California, Sabrina has seen incredible success from the students certified at Equissage California.
Since bringing Equissage into Sabrina’s life, it has become a family business. Natalie, Sabrina’s daughter showed an interest in the work at a very young age. Natalie was 10 years old when her mom became certified and opened Equissage California. Natalie has been a competitive rider since a young age and took the Equissage California course to keep her horses in the best condition possible. After years of studying under her mother, and other equine professionals, Natalie founded Equine Education USA, where you can recieve the incredible Equissage curriculum along with other essential lessons in our other course options. Natalie has years of teaching experience along with an impressive clientele of world class three day eventing trainers and their horses. Our ultimate goal is to improve the lives of horses regardless of age, discipline, breed, etc. Through our students, we are able to make that a reality.