I guess the question then becomes what is rehab?
Rehab is taking an animal from an event and helping them recover. Many rehab centers are behavioral rehab that is not what we are currently offering but we do refer to business with credentials to work with that. We currently offer assistance in injury recovery, pain reduction and care. I work with the animal care team to develop the best plan for the animal. This can be recovering from a cruciate tear or horse back pain to arthritic changes in our older pet partners. The sky is the limit.
A good example is Lola, Lola is a client of mine and a beautiful Catahoula old lady. She has struggled with arthritic changes. In working with the owners, veterinarian and local pet store we have been able to reduce her pain and give her better quality of life. Her story, her better quality of life; that is why Sound Horse and Hound was born. Check back for videos coming soon.
Rio is another example. Many of you have seen or heard stories of Rio. Rio belonged to a gal that pulled him from the sunnyside kill pen as a young under 2 Andalusian stud colt. Rio was dropped off at this kill pen from a string of Mexican dancing horses. He had experienced abuse that made him extremely fearful of people, blind in one eye and physical pain you couldn't believe. With the help of the quarantine barn owner, massage and time we were able to bring him out of his extreme depression and work on his physical damage. His rehab took years but 4 years later he is now my personal horse that loves people completely sound and an amazing trail and arena horse. Rio's story is a heartbreaking one with a fairytale ending. Rio is the beginning of the Sound Horse and Hound Rio Rehab fund. In his name one day we plan to have a rehab fund for those that are unable to pay, like his owners that pulled him from the kill pen and keep a horse that they love.
I have been asked many times by prospective clients what are my credentials, so I will share some of my history and the makings of Sound Horse and Hound Currently.
Nationally certified by NBCAAM and licenses in the state of Washington for Animal Massage
Certified in Small and Large Animal Maintenance, Performance and Rehab Massage
Certified Rock tape FMT- Kinesiotaping
Competed with my own horses in multiple disciplines and worked under some high end local trainers as a groom
Competed for years in Agility and competitive obedience
Delta Pet Partners- with my personal dogs in lockdown mental health facilities and reading with rover
previous CGC Evaluator
Veterinary Technician for many years in small animal, exotic and emergency care
Worked under animal nutritionists for many years
Marketing, vendor management, sales