Ryan Johnson, Published March 29 2013
Clinic helps keep horses healthyFARGO – Carol Van Den Einde said she’s had a passion for horses since childhood, when she often visited a nearby family friend’s farm to brush and care for their pets.
That passion sometimes got her in trouble, especially when she was 15 and decided to buy her own horse and bring it home to the rural house – not a farmstead – where her family lived.
“My dad wasn’t happy,” she said.
That passion hasn’t changed in the decades since, and Van Den Einde got a chance to combine her love for the creatures with helping the fight against cancer during her Equine Wellness Clinic on Sunday at the North Dakota State University Equine Center.
The fifth annual event raised more than $2,500 this year, with all profits donated to the Essentia Health Cancer Center of Fargo.
She and her husband, Bruce, have worked to raise money for the cancer fight for years, founding the McLeod Cowboy Up Ride Against Cancer in 2005.
Van Den Einde said that mission became even more personal in 2007, when she lost a sister and sister-in-law to cancer and dealt with her mom’s diagnosis with the disease.
Sunday’s health clinic gave horse owners from across the region a chance to bring their creatures in for appointments with wellness practitioners, including a farrier and two veterinarians on hand to provide shots, coggins and teeth checkups.
Thirteen attendees spent the day going through a barrel racing clinic with Sara Reiswig, owner of Lightining Cross Ranch Barrel and Performance Horses. Other visitors took advantage of a feature new to this year’s event – a pet photographer who gave owners a lasting memory of their cat, dog and at least one goat.
The Masterson Method also was represented at the clinic for the first time by Lisa Faulkner, a Moorhead horse enthusiast who said she’s been practicing for the past year the bodywork that uses the horse’s visual responses to light touches to find and release muscle stress that otherwise can affect its performance.
“They basically show you what they need as you work on them,” she said. “You can figure out where they are hurting more and where they’re holding more.”
Van Den Einde said Sunday’s clinic also served as a reminder to horse owners that even a noble beast needs some TLC.
“They need general checkups, too,” she said. “They need adjustments, they need their teeth done and they actually can put fillings in horses.”
She said she’ll soon begin planning next year’s Equine Wellness Clinic, which will be held sometime next spring. For more information or to request participating or signing up for an appointment, contact Van Den Einde at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (701) 484-5597.
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