My Background

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I retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after 35 years of service.  I share my home with my husband, Randy, of 35 years and my Mom, Claudia.  We have a small menagerie including:

  • Bajocco - Thoroughbred Gelding

  • Lacey - Trakehner Mare

  • Frosty Jones - Cremello Miniature Gelding

  • Tic Tac - Paint Miniature Gelding

  • Rosco - French Bulldog

  • Maya - French Poodle

  • Kiki - Gray Tiger House Cat

  • Tabitha - Orange Tiger Barn Cat

  • Traci - Gray Tiger Barn Cat

  • Numerous Hens and Roosters

My Approach

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Before engaging in any form of bodywork, I will perform a thorough evaluation to determine the specific needs of the horse.  The evaluation involves a consultation with the owner, observation of the horse, and a hands-on assessment of the horse.  

Massage techniques will vary depending on the unique needs of the horse, though they are likely to involve applying firm pressure to muscles and other underlying soft tissues such as the fascia or connective tissue surrounding muscles.  The muscles are typically warmed up prior to deeper work; strokes used might include tapotement (gentle tapping to warm the muscles and encourage blood flow), effleurage (light to firm stroking), and compression (application of deeper pressure).  Basic massage techniques are at the foundation of most equine massages, whether the goal is to spoil a pampered show horse, treat a loyal trail partner, reward a trusted schoolie, or, in consultation with a veterinarian, support the management of a serious underlying medical problem.

 

Note:  Despite the many benefits of equine massage, the practice is not recommended as a substitute for veterinary care.