FAQs

What is the IFREMT?

IFREMT stands for International Federation of Registered Equine Massage Therapists. Established in 1996, we are a not-for-profit organization with the primary aim of supporting the provision of safe, ethical and qualified equine massage therapy services in the equine industry.

The IFREMT seeks to achieve this goal by setting the standards of qualification required to become a Registered Equine Massage Therapist (REMT) and through the development and maintenance of standards of practice and professional ethics for our registered members.

Is equine massage therapy a regulated profession?

Equine massage therapy is not a regulated profession like human massage therapy is many provinces, states and countries. Registered Equine Massage Therapists (REMTs) always work under the direction of the horse’s primary veterinarian.

In the absence of regulation, the IFREMT strives to maintain the same level of qualification standards for our members as those established by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario – the governing body for Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) in Ontario.  Only those therapists with the designation “REMT” have met the requirements as set out by the IFREMT.

What is the difference between a “Registered” and “Certified” equine massage therapist?

“Registered Equine Massage Therapist” (or REMT) is a title legally protected by the IFREMT, and may only be used by those individuals that have met the standards of qualification and successfully completed the accreditation process as set out by the IFREMT.

Similar to the educational requirements in Ontario for Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs), REMTs are required to complete a 2-year, 2200-hour program of study from a recognized institution. The IFREMT holds board exams once a year, which include both a written component, and a practical component that is overseen by a supervising veterinarian. In addition, REMTs are required to complete a 100-hour externship with a veterinarian.

“Certification” in equine massage is offered by a number of different schools, individuals and organizations. These programs vary in content and may range from one week or weekend to one month or several month-long courses of study. There is no governing body of CEMTs and each school sets their own standards of qualification.

How do I know I am using the services of an REMT?

The IFREMT maintains an up-to-date listing of all Registered Equine Massage Therapists (REMTs) through our online Therapist Directory.

Will the information I give an REMT be kept confidential?

Registered Equine Massage Therapists (REMTs) are required as a part of the standards set by the IFREMT to maintain the information provided by clients, both verbally and in written form, in the strictest of confidence.  Information that is collected about clients may be collected only with consent and may only be disclosed with consent.

What is the best way to incorporate equine massage in the care of my horse? 

Equine massage can be a valuable part of a horse’s ongoing health-care and maintenance program. Equine massage can also be applied in the rehabilitation process following injury, though it is never a substitute for, or alternative to, veterinary care.

For more information about equine massage please visit our Equine Massage Therapy page.