Educating horse owners and equine professionals how to prevent injury through bodywork and provide species appropriate living environments online and in person.

Become an Equine Advocate

Helping people help horses live their best lives is my passion. Providing ways for equine advocates of any level, from owner to professional to learn how to do just that – is the goal of my services.

Online and In-Person Education

In Person Services

Hoof Boot Fittings

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Benefits Of Equine Bodywork Education

  • Learn how equine bodies “work”.
  • Learn how to apply massage.
  • Prevent injury.
  • Relieve pain.
  • Improve performance longevity.
  • Help horses recover quicker.
  • Learn how equine bodies “work”.
  • Learn how to apply massage.
  • Prevent injury.
  • Relieve pain.
  • Improve performance longevity.
  • Help horses recover quicker.
  • Learn common contributors & prevention.
  • Build a deeper bond with horses.
  • Start a new career.
  • Become a part of your horse’s wellness team.
  • Learn common contributors & prevention.
  • Build a deeper bond with horses.
  • Start a new career.
  • Become a part of your horse’s wellness team.

About Schaeffer Bodyworks

My name is April Schaeffer, owner, service provider and educator for SBW. I am a true horse lover and forever student, always learning and sharing to make equine life better.

I strive to educate equine lovers how to advocate for horses from all aspects of their lives.

A lifetime of being influenced by equine culture has revealed to me – how much more we have to learn to do the best for them.

I would be honored to share my knowledge with you.

A few of my professional certificates include:

  • Equine Sports Massage & Rehab Therapist.

  • Equine and Canine Myo-manipulative Functional Therapist.

  • Certified Equine Kinesiology Tape Practitioner.
  • Certified Equine Craniosacral Therapist.
  • Certified in Equine Thermal Imaging.
  • Along with an ever growing list of non-certification education accomplishments.

Testimonials

I bought April’s Equine Massage class and I LOVE it!!! I highly recommend it for professionals and owners! I learned more in her class than I have from the others I have taken!
Crystal Dorsey
Sweet sweet lady with a lot of talent. Anyone who’s ever had a massage knows the benefits that that procedure can offer the patient receiving them whether you have two legs or four! 5 Stars.
Leigha Clark
We couldn’t be happier with the servics that April provides! After seeing thermal images from April’s first visit to our barn, I was sold on the benefits of massage therapy. Not to mention, April is one of the nicest people that you will ever meet!
Randa Smith Rowland
Amazing! My eventing mare absolutely loves her biweekly massages. April continues to educate herself on the best techniques to build a proper massage program for each horse. I have a QH mare that i mainly trail and a semi retired eventer. They each have their own areas of concern and April adjusts accordingly with the horses best interest at the heart of her massage program. In my opinion she is absolutely the best! Give her a call and your horse(s) won’t regret it!!
Kimberly Ostertag
April is amazing. She explains what she is doing and why. She is very knowledgeable and my horses love her!
Jennie Niehaus

My 1 on 1 with SBW was amazing. April is extremely knowledgeable, kind, & patient. Her love for horses & happiness that owners/trainers/instructors want to learn how to care for their horses is astronomical. Equine massage is necessary, but can be expensive to continue as it’s needed. Take her class & learn how to massage your horse(s) the right way & keep them feeling great. I 10/10 recommend SBW!

Lexi Richelman

April has been a wonderful mentor in my life. She was the first therapist to work won my horses when i was a giant skeptic. Her knowledge and work turned me into a believer of bodywork! She is always patient and down to earth, and truly cares about horses and helping them out. She is very prompt bout responding to inquires. She never makes you feel like you aren’t good enough because you might lack some knowledge. Her online classes have been a fantastic addition to her business and I have personally taken them even after becoming a certified therapist like her, and have gained value from them all! You will not regret reaching out to Schaeffer Bodyworks for any of your horse needs!

Emily McAfee

April is great with our horses, very knowledgeable in her profession and a very nice lady.

Brad Owens
April has been taking care of Ollie since late Spring/early Summer, and he has thrived since we started massage therapy. April times her visits to be a few days after the chiropractor has adjusted him, and the combination is working really well. He has come to love his massages and is one happy pony :-).
Penny F. Boggis
April is amazing! I can’t wait to see what an impact her work is going to have on my horses. Her thermal images are giving me a heads up and direction to know where to go for vet/chiropractic visits a well. The little bit you pay for her services and expertise now will pay dividends and save in future expenses for sure! I can’t say enough good things about April! Do this for you horse!
Caryn Parli

I am very impressed with the Schaeffer Bodyworks Professional Certification, and I believe this is one of the BEST equine Certification Courses on the market. Th courses content is very thorough, and the amount of individual attention and instruction is amazing. April has a wealth of experience and knowledge, and she shares her expertise willingly. April is a natural born educator, and she presents the curriculum in an organized and straightforward manner. She is able to explain difficult concepts with ease and is always available for questions. I researched other Equine Massage Certification courses, and I found this course to give me the best value and highest quality for my money!

Ann Marie S.
My horse was more relaxed after and her movement seemed better.
Tara Owens

I had the best day with April getting one on one knowledge, guidance and confidence! Highly recommend all that she has to offer!

Sami Johnson

April impressed me so much. Her attention to detail and ability to stay on track was fantastic.(I am easily distracted). April is very consistent and detailed. She explained things extremely  well and was very patient and understanding. I didn’t feel any pressure or intimidation. Her passion and drive really moved me. I would recommend this clinic to anyone who is looking to strengthen the bond with their horse.

Tiffani Martin Radake

April has been seeing my horse Cloud once a month for about 6 months now. I am impressed with her skill, knowledge, and use of technology to detect tightness and inflammation. I can tell Cloud loves spending time with April!!! I will continue to utilize her services.

Theresa Lingafelt Kormos

As a newly certified massage therapist, I was looking for more tools in my tool belt. The CST class was such a great opportunity. The modules are very thorough with easy to follow guides. The video examples provided also help explain and clarify the material. I’ve reached out to April a few times with questions and she’s always spent the time to respond and discuss. She truly cars about all the students who enroll in her classes. If anyone is on the fence about taking the class, do it! You won’t regret it.

Kris W
My MFT has several confirmation issues that April has helped tremendously! He’s so much happier! She’s definitely changed me from a skeptic to a believer!
Angie Brumfield-Gathe
Best body worker I’ve worked with! April is so patient and shows love towards all equines. Recommend her 110%
Katie Rawson