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Equine massage clinic to be held

Courtesy photo/Gayle SmithParticipants in the 2009 Sport Horse Therapeutic Equine Massage "Maintaining Your Performance Horse," clinic held in Chadron, NE. Top, from left: Cathy Jordan, Chadron, NE; Barb Page, Laramie, WY; Jamie Marak, Lusk, WY and Pam Pierce, Windsor, CO. Middle row (standing) from left: Mike Sussex, Torrington, WY; Jodie Bettelyoun, Pine Ridge, SD; Genna Lou Buettner, Goodwell, OK; Theresa Haynes, Chadron, NE; Shawna Sides, Smithwick, SD; Sandra Azinger, Hot Springs, SD; Jan Storjohann, Chadron, NE; Rosie Elmore, Hot Springs, SD; Ellen Cross, Whitney, NE; Sandra Mefford, Chadron, NE; Karen Hough, Arnold, NE and Jennifer Carlson, Chappell, NE. Bottom (squatting) from left: Heather Polen, Lusk, WY; Jan Scott, Ft. Collins, CO; Eve Millar, Crookston, NE; Megan Burrus, Clarks, NE; Tabatha Hollingsworth, Potter, NE and Susan Hucke, Chadron, NE.

Sport Horse Therapeutic Equine Massage will be holding it’s last “Maintaining Your Performance Horse” series of 2010 in Chadron, NE, Aug. 20-22 and Sept. 24-26.

The series has drawn horse owners from Montana, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska. Cost is $1,000 and includes all books, materials, breakfasts, snacks, lunches and beverages for both weekends. Participants may also bring their own horses to be evaluated and worked on, which allows participants to learn from the occupations, health histories and issues of everyone’s horses.

The first weekend, owners learn to evaluate horses, determine the source of soreness behaviors that are affecting performance and perform a complete equine massage to address them. Considerable time is spent in the evaluation process as well as on saddle fit and placement, nutrition, condition and foot care as these are primary contributors to soreness. Mike Sussex, a certified Level IV farrier with Equine Lameness Prevention Organization, affiliated with Sport Horse, will be on hand to explain the complexities and consequences of foot distortion.

The second weekend gives participants the opportunity to go home, work on their horses and come back with questions that inevitably arise when doing something new. The emphasis of this second weekend, called “Into Spirit,” is on more difficult problems like stifles and deep pelvic issues. Participants will be introduced to acupressure, chiropractic and energy therapies with applications from each. Horses arriving for this clinic many times fall into the elusive, can’t-find-an-answer category. Because of the degree of their problems and histories this is a very “high impact” weekend.

Having originally started with Buster Harlow of Gillette, WY, Sport Horse has grown over the last decade to a family of like minded horse owners.

In addition, Sport Horse was granted permission by the family of Jack Meagher, father of equine massage, founder of the Institute of Sports Therapy and therapist for several Olympic Equestrian teams, his book and material to use for their new “Sports Massage” clinic. Owners having completed the “Maintaining Your Performance Horse” parts one and two may take this new program

For more information and enrollment visit http://www.sporthorsemassage.com or contact Jan Scott at 970-568-9290 or Barb Page at 307-790-1516.

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