Text Books

  • Equine Massage, A Practical Guide, 2d Edition

    • Howell Equestrian Library, Wiley Publishing. ISBN 978-0-470-07338-4
    • 2007

    Fully revised and updated, this new edition provides step-by-step instructions and more than 180 photographs and diagrams to help riders and professionals alike, master equine massage techniques. This authoritative guide provides detailed information about massage movements, pressures, rhythms, and sequences. Used by most equine massage school programs! Available in 5 languages.

  • Fitness Evaluation of the Horse

    • Howell Equestrian Library, Wiley Publishing. ISBN 978-0-470-19229-0
    • 2008

    Learn to evaluate the fitness of any horse – in the stable and in the saddle. This guide helps horse owners, riders, and trainers at all levels learn how to assess any horse’s fitness, strengths, and weakness. If you’re buying a horse, this will help you pre-assess prospects before getting the complete veterinary examination. If you own a horse, these techniques will help you better understand your horse’s aptitudes, customize a training program, identify signs of strain, and provide better care for your horse. With step-by-step instructions and almost 200 photos and drawings showing the proper positioning and approach for each technique, you will gain valuable knowledge.

  • The Rider’s Fitness Guide to A Better Seat

    • Howell Equestrian Library, Wiley Publishing. ISBN 978-0-470-13743-7
    • 2008

    We all know that a good seat is vital for good riding performance. You want your center of gravity to move in sink with the horse’s center of gravity. This book will teach you about the muscles responsible for a good seat so you can increase their fitness and their flexibility. This will improve your overall posture, and increase your stamina and sense of balance. This book provides a selection of exercises presented in three programs that will help you progressively increase your control over your seat, maximize your performance and minimize your risk of injury. Each work out is about 15 minutes tops, including warm-up and stretching. Any of these exercise program can easily be performed anywhere as you do not require any equipment, just this book. Even if you are on the road a lot, nothing stop you to easily maintain you fitness. For your convenience, we included a thumbnail-picture poster of the intermediate and advance programs. Within days, the exercise programs presented in this book will transform the way your body feels and perform. They will help you develop better coordination, good posture and an easy, graceful seat. With this book I welcome you to the beginning of your new riding life.

  • Canine Massage, A Complete Reference Manual

    • DogWise Publishing. ISBN 978-1-929242-08-5
    • 2004

    Jean-Pierre Hourdebaigt, LMT, has compiled many years of teaching experience and therapeutic canine massage expertise into this practical guide which is written specifically for the dog person. In this complete book, Jean-Pierre Hourdebaigt provides step-by step instruction with 150 photographs and illustrations in over 190 pages so that every dog lover, including non-professionals, can learn how to massage their dog safely. Canine Massage is a detailed, easily read publication and is an important step enabling dog lovers the world over to improve their dog’s athletic ability, performance, recovery and mental attitude by performing safe and effective professional massage techniques. As all dog lovers know, active dogs can subject to injuries, tension, and stress, which if treated by medication alone may only mask the problem, not remedy it. This is why Jean-Pierre created programs of home study courses, videos, and practical sessions–teaching techniques that enables owners, trainers and grooms to:

    * Alleviate soreness and pain in their dogs.

    * Contribute to recovery of injuries and stress areas common to any active dog.

    * Use specific massage movement techniques, stretching exercises, and routines to help their dog’s mental and physical well-being. Contribute to recovery of injuries and stress areas common to any active dog.

    * Use specific massage movement techniques, stretching exercises, and routines to help their dog’s mental and physical well-being.

    Available in 4 languages

  • Top Massage for Top Balance

    • Massage Awareness Inc. ISBN 978-0-9776650-0-6
    • 2008

    This book describes in great details a distinctive approach that combines the safest and most beneficial massage techniques to optimize your horse health and fitness. Learn the techniques of a recognized expert in the field so that you can bring the well-known benefits of non-invasive gentle massage techniques to your horse. This book teaches you how to use proven massage routines and stretching exercises in a specific sequence to most benefit your horse. It is a great self-educating book that will assist you in maintaining your horse wellness and fitness level at its best. This “Top Massage for Top Balance” manual is the most complete book on the subject and contains information you cannot find anywhere else!

  • Equine Temporomandibular Dysfunction Syndrome

    • Massage Awareness Inc. ISBN 978-0-9776650-0-6
    • 2000

    Everyone who rides know how important the sensitivity of the horse’s mouth is. A good contact at the bit allows the rider to delicately direct the horse for good performance. This unique book brings you precious information that is not found anywhere else. It helps all animal lovers, whether amateur or professional, develop their skills and confidence in applying excellent massage routines and techniques for each stage of this condition. In time, the knowledge gained from this manual will allow you to, in a natural way, actively prevent this condition and participate in the recovery of a horse already afflicted with ETDS. Early detection helps you get the most of your animal’s well being, as well as saving on recovery time, not to mention money.

  • Equine Muscular Compensation, A Study

    • Massage Awareness Inc. ISBN 978-0-9776650-1-3
    • 1998

    The horse’s movements have fascinated man throughout the ages. Today, due to the popularity of equestrian sports, a renewed interest in the study of locomotion and its associated muscular and fascia compensation has become fore front news. This present manual will give you a clear picture the horse locomotor capacities and on this “compensatory phenomenon”, how it occurs and the structures involved. This study of equine muscular and facial compensation is the result of many years of research combined with the feedback from many other veterinarians and related professionals. I specially want to extend my gratitude to Dr Steve Engle, DVM, Chiropractror for personally reviewing the entire manuscript. This book is meant to be a manual for horse lovers, both amateurs and professionals, who have the desire to participate in the health and fitness of their equine friends. The content of this book will refine your understanding of the equine compensation phenomenon, how to recognize its symptoms and will help you make the decisions needed to participate to its improvement. In time, the knowledge gained from this manual will allow you to increase your understanding of the horse locomotion, improve your palpation skills and your finesse of muscular tension evaluation. This in turn will help you refine your training and maintain you horse at pick performance.

  • Canine Muscular Compensation, A Study

    • Massage Awareness Inc. ISBN 978-0-9776650-2-0
    • 1998

    The dog is man’s best friend. Throughout the ages man has tried many breeding combination to develop great dogs. Whether for work, war or play, the dog’s proximity to man’s cultural evolution has made him a valuable companion. Today, due to the growing popularity of canine sports, a renewed interest in the study of locomotion and of the dog’s locomotor capacities and its associated muscular and fascia compensation has become fore front news. This present manual will give you a clear picture on this “compensatory phenomenon”, how it occurs and the structures involved. This study of canine muscular and facial compensation is the result of many years of research combined with the feedback from many other veterinarians and related professionals. This book is meant to be a manual for dog lovers, both amateurs and professionals, who have the desire to participate in the health and fitness of their canine friends. The content of this book will refine your understanding of the canine compensation phenomenon, how to recognize its symptoms and will help you make the decisions needed to participate to its improvement. This book is a wonderful investment in your future. It provides you detailed information on all aspect of muscle compensation involved in the dog’s locomotion. In time, the knowledge gained from this manual will allow you to increase your understanding of the dog locomotion, improve your palpation skills and your finesse of muscular tension evaluation. This in turn will help you refine your dog training and maintain him at pick performance. It will also help you better understand how the older or injured animals compensate and allow you to better care for them. This book will serve you well.

  • Equine Massage Workbook

    • Massage Awareness Inc.
    • 1997

    This workbook is designed to help you get the most from your Equine Masasage, A Practical Guide book. It provides you with over thirty pages of quizzes and blank charts covering the entire material presented in your Equine Massage Awareness preliminary home study course. Chapter after chapter, over 400 questions will challenge and test your knowledge. To complete regular self-testing will help you retain all that important material as you progress with your educational process. It is crucial that you develop this habit of testing your studying, and that you stick to it. Good habits are the key to all success.

  • Canine Massage Workbook

    • Massage Awareness Inc.
    • 1997

    This workbook is designed to help you get the most from your practical guide. It provides you with over thirty pages of quizzes and blank charts covering the entire material presented in your Canine Massage Awareness preliminary home study course. Chapter after chapter, over 400 questions will challenge and test your knowledge. To complete regular self-testing will help you retain all that important material as you progress with your educational process. It is crucial that you develop this habit of testing your studying, and that you stick to it. Good habits are the key to all success.

  • Equine Anatomy and Kinesiology

    • Massage Awareness Inc.
    • 2000

    The objective of this book is to provide an extensive overview of over 115 important muscles and corresponding fasciae involved in the equine muscular system. It is a great complement to our home-study preliminary course.

  • Canine Anatomy and Kinesiology

    • Massage Awareness Inc.
    • 2000

    The objective of this book is to provide an extensive overview of over 115 important muscles and corresponding fasciae involved in the canine muscular system. It is a great complement to our home-study preliminary course.

  • Equine / Canine Musculoskeletal Posters

    • Massage Awareness Inc.
    • 1997

    Equine Muscle Chart – Large (3 panels of 11″X17″) or Small 11″X17″
    Canine Muscle Chart – Large (3 panels of 11″X17″) or Small 11″X17″

    Complete musculoskeletal large laminated poster showing superficial and deep layers of the various muscle groups, as well as the skeletal system and the ligaments and joints of the horse/dog. This valuable visual tool will help you study the equine anatomy, or as a toll to explain your massage protocol to your client. This poster exists in a French version.

    Equine Stress Point Chart – 11″X17″
    Canine Stress Point Chart – 11″X17″
    The Equine Stress Point Chart is a good reference tool to be used during your study of the 40 Stress Points or during your massage applications, or as a toll to explain your massage protocol to your client.