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So I am happy to have a few new friends here on LJ. I swear it had gotten kinda lonely over here on this site, so it is nice to see new faces. I do love posting here and actually having a place to place my thoughts.

Well I guess I should give a bit of back ground for the new peeps.

Overall I am a geek...horse geek, science geek, massage geek, music geek, art geek, Sci-fi geek, really you name it and I probably like it a lot.
I grew up in East Tennessee, but have lived all over the east coast....Knoxville, Atlanta, Tampa, and Manhattan. I went to college to get my license as a Veterinary Technician way back in the day and worked in that field for about 12 years. I worked in some great specialty clinics and learned more than the average tech does. I did radiation therapy, chemotherapy, ran my own anesthesia, did bone marrow aspirates, and so much more. Fun stuff! I even worked a few years as a large animal internal medicine tech where I got to see lots of colics, neurological cases, metabolic diseases, laminitis, etc.
This all kinda set me up for leaving that field and going over into massage therapy...I know kinda an odd jump.
But while working at the TN vet school we had all the alternative modalities..chiro, acupuncture, cold laser, etc. But not massage...and I felt it was missing in the TN area. So I went to learn horse massage from the awesome Mike Scott over in Camden, SC. He is one of the greats in the field, and I feel lucky to have him as my mentor. And even though I graduated over three years ago now I still call him that...cause I am still learning! Hell he is still learning!
Once I got into working with horses I loved the profession, and wanted to do it full time. But I needed more to make a living at it, so I figured getting licensed to work on people was the next step.
And just this last November I graduated and I am now a LMT in Georgia. :)
Just started my own business and working to get it off the ground. Talk about exhausting!

The rest of my life is filled hanging out with my hubby Vern...we just got married Feb. 29th last year. :)
And I have lots of cats from my vet tech days...six to be exact...who all live indoors. Plus one dog.
Our house is kinda like a zoo. No kids at the moment but maybe one day.

And of course I have my horse. Her name is Saving Grace...or just Gracie around the barn. She is a 10 year old TB/STB cross who is a nurse mare foal rescue. She came off some big fancy TB farm in KY but they won't tell us which one of their nice studs is her daddy. Mom was a cute half TB/half STB mare. Anyways she is a character. I have owned her for almost five years, but a friend was the one who had gotten her at 3 weeks old from the rescue. So I know her whole past.
When I got her she was a "free" horse. She had a lot of bad behavior under saddle...mainly refusing to move but hopping around in protest which scared a few people. I took her cause she liked me...she didn't like anyone back then. She would try to bite people from her stall, and just be a bit of a snarky mare in general.
After a few weeks of riding I knew something physical was going on with her...thank god for vet tech senses!
First it looked like heat cycle issues...tried the marble..it helped. So I spayed her. Had two wonderful months of riding after that...then all the behavior returned. ???????
Turns out it was EPM all along, but was not the traditional presentation. Pressure of a rider on her back was uncomfortable to her...hence the attitude. Lunging she was always fine. It was not till she suddenly could no longer canter that we knew it was EPM.
One spinal tap later we had a diagnosis and treatment started. Rehabbed her and she turned into a great riding horse...for me. She is still picky about who she trusts on her back. She is by no means an easy ride, but she is a lot of fun most days.

That was three years ago and I thought we were in the clear...not so. Just this last week I had her retested and the EPM is back. So started treatment again and hoping for another full recovery. Hopefully for the last time! Her deficits are not as bad this time so we are hoping the rehab will be shorter as well...took almost a year last time.
But before this we were trucking along at training/first level, and hoping to show this year. We did schooling shows last year and did well at Intro level...only did that level cause she had NO off the farm experience and I was looking to have good experiences. Even qualified for a year end award through our local GMO club!

Anyways...here is a picture or two of the diva herself.
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feather_armor
Jan. 16th, 2013 07:40 pm (UTC)
Really lovely mare, it sounds like you've been through a lot together!
lilwashu
Jan. 16th, 2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
We have been through a lot, but it has made us very close. She is one of my best friends. Even when she tries to buck me off. ;p
harnessphoto
Jan. 16th, 2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
Gracie is GORGEOUS.
lilwashu
Jan. 16th, 2013 11:50 pm (UTC)
Aawww thank you!! :) She kinda knows it too...such a diva and a ham for the camera.
dragon_moon
Jan. 17th, 2013 05:12 am (UTC)
You two have been through a lot together! Glad you've been able to create such a strong bond. She's beautiful! :o)
slobberpuppy
Jan. 17th, 2013 04:33 pm (UTC)
Nice to meet you, looking forward to following your adventures here!
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