Marty Clark runs a horse massage business, Major’s Horse Massage. She has kindly taken the time to answer some questions about what she does.
How much of your day/week is related to horses?
Half of my week is taken up with horses, as I do not own a horse and I only do this work on a part-time basis.
What is it exactly that you do?
My name is Marty Clark, I do equine bodywork, and the name of my business is Major’s Horse Massage.
In this field of work, is it possible to be a full time professional and earning a liveable income?
I do this only on a part-time basis, but I believe if you worked much harder than I do, you could make a living in this business.
What are the general steps taken to be employed in such a role?
I became certified through Equitouch Systems a few years ago, which gave me a certification in Equine Sports Massage Therapy. I am currently seeking an advanced certification in the Masterson Method. The latter is not required (though extremely desirable), but some form of professional certification is required.
Favourite horse memory?
I am afraid that I do not have a favorite horse memory. Although I volunteer at a therapy barn, I do find that rewarding. Therapy horses are put through the paces due to the varying types of clients who ride them; I derive a sense of satisfaction knowing that what I do helps the horses serve their students better.
My future goal is to obviously grow my business, but more to obtain a Masterson Method Practitioner Certification, an arduous, but rewarding journey.
Best thing about your sport/profession?
Best part of horse massage? There is NO stress and it is all about standing right next to your best friend!