Courses and Instructors


Our Online Classes cover the following areas of study:                              

Behavior, Handling and Safety  

  • Equine History and Behavior
  • Equine First Aid
  • Equine Disease and Prevention

Equine Anatomy and Physiology

  • Equine Skeletal System and Bone Articulations
  • Equine Muscular Systems 
  • Equine Tissue Types and Integument
  • Equine Cardio and Lymphatic Systems
  • Equine Nervous and Endocrine Systems
  • Equine Respiratory and Urinary Systems
  • Equine Reproductive and Digestive Systems
  • Introduction to Biomechanics and Gait Analysis

Our Hands-on Classes cover the following areas of study:  

  • Equine Skeletal Systems bone laboratory
  • Massage Techniques
  • Myofascial Techniques
  • Further Study of Biomechanics and Gait Analysis
  • Saddle Fit and Rider Issues
  • Business Practices, Marketing and Ethics
  • Student Internship

These classes are held at Bancroft or at local partner farms.              


Lisa Ruthig, BS, CEMP, CSAMP 


Director of Animal Programs, Principal Anatomy & Massage instructor.    

After graduating from University of Delaware with a BS in Biology, Lisa worked in molecular biology and immunology laboratories for a number of years before following a meandering path to her career in animal massage.   

A traumatic injury to her puppy, Fergus, led Lisa into the realm of complementary healing techniques. Attempts to treat his resulting structural problems and anxiety quickly led to a passion for working with all animals.   

A graduate of Bancroft School of Massage Therapy's Equine and Small Animal Massage Programs and a Level II Reiki practitioner, Lisa uses her scientific mindset, along with her natural affinity for the emotions of animals, to guide her in treating various behavioral problems, injuries, and movement disorders in animals. Learn more about Lisa at Lively Animal Massage.

Lisa is the Chair of the National Board of Certification of Animal Acupressure and Massage.    


Carol Mossa, CEMP, LMT  


Massage instructor


Carol Ann Mossa is a Licensed Massage Therapist in private practice serving clients in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. After graduating from Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in April 2011, she went on to earn her Equine Massage Therapist Certification, graduating from BSMT in November that same year. Carol is the founder and director of The Well Healing Arts Center in Rumford, RI. More information can be found at www.facebook.com/TheWellRI.         

Guest Lecturers:





Anthony Cooper 

Saddle Fitting Instructor 


A native of Dublin, Ireland, Anthony Cooper received his saddlery training in London. His training covered making astride saddles and the restoration of side saddles. He was elected to the Guild of Master Craftsmen in London. Tony has been making, fitting, repairing and restoring saddles for over 20 years. He is based in Royalston, MA. Visit Tony’s website at www.AnthonyCooperSaddler.com


The program was co-founded by Marlene Narrow. She created the massage techniques using her seven sled dogs and horses, as well as writing the curriculum and developing the program.  


Marlene is a pioneer in the animal massage field since the early 1980s. She originally trained with Jack Meagher, the founder of Equine Sports Massage in the United States, and practiced in various equine disciplines. She has led numerous equine and canine massage workshops to 4-H Clubs, veterinarians, breed clubs, sled dog racers, agility dog competitors, dog groomers, and other animal groups. Marlene’s family includes her own horses, cats, rescued bovines and a pig. They are all living testimony to the healing power of massage and the contribution to animal health and well-being.