International Federation of Registered Equine Massage Therapists

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Established in 1996, the International Federation of Registered Equine Massage Therapists (IFREMT) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards in equine massage therapy.

Similar to the educational requirements in Ontario for Registered Massage Therapists, our members (REMT’s) are required to complete a 2-year, 2200-hour program of study. The primary aim of the IFREMT is to support the provision of safe, ethical and qualified equine massage therapy services within the equine industry.

The IFREMT firmly maintains that equine massage is a not an alternative to veterinary care. REMT’s work under the direction of the horse’s primary veterinarian.

 

Marguerite Old

Marguerite’s love of horses has remained strong throughout her life. At an early age she participated in both English and Western disciplines and as a teen she was a Standardbred racehorse groom. In her adult years a busy city life and career did not allow as much time for horses as she would have liked. When she learned about the D’al  School of Equine Massage Therapy she decided to combine her passion for horses with an occupation. She hasn’t looked back. Marguerite successfully completed the 2 year D’al program and went on to obtain her designation as a Registered Equine Massage Therapist  with the International Federation of Registered  Equine Massage Therapists. Always an avid learner, she is presently working towards a Diploma in Equine Studies with the University of Guelph.

Marguerite Old has been a Registered Equine Massage Therapist since 2009. As a resident of Toronto, Ontario, she has easy access to Woodbine Racetrack, which has offered her the exciting opportunity to work with Thoroughbred racehorses competing at all levels. She has treated Queen’s Plate Winners, Sovereign Award Champions and Breeder’s Cup World Champion placed competitors. When not at the racetrack Marguerite can be found visiting barns throughout the GTA, acting a Director with the IFREMT and working towards a Diploma in Equine Studies with the University of Guelph. She also finds time for travelling and winding down in the saddle.

Taylor Smith

Taylor is a recent graduate of the D’al Equine Massage Therapy Program and a member of the International Federation of Registered Equine Massage Therapists.

Taylor was introduced to horses as a young teen and has been hooked ever since. She began her passion in the English world however after five years she tried her hand riding Western and eventually ended up competing in rodeos around Ontario. When she came across the Equine Massage Therapy program she knew that having her hands on horses for a living and obtaining an education about the animal that she spent so much time with would be the right direction for her. With her education complete, and her designation as a Registered Equine Massage Therapist, she is beginning to grow her business in Huron County.  When Taylor isn’t massaging you can find her working at a veterinary clinic which gives her the opportunity to work with all types of animals every day.  Her passion lies not only with riding her horses but to also educating horsepeople about Equine Massage Therapy and how it can help our equine athletes.