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    07-05-2012, 04:24 PM
Equine Rehab

So I'm still tossing around ideas about future career possibilities. I'm still all over the board in choices and not sure what I want to do exactly. Reproduction, event management, barn management, graphic design (photoshopping stallion ads type thing) etc. I have also been thinking about equine rehabilitation. My family currently runs a hyperbaric chamber business for use with people so I have an interest in that. We actually have some pretty cool plans in the works for people AND horse use that I can't necessarily talk about since it's top secret. One potential dream is to open my own rehab business along the lines of KESMARC. One question I have is would a business like this be profitable in the west? I know KESMARC has the benefit of all the Thoroughbreds on the east coast, but I know there's racing in California as well as all the performance stock horses.

What kind of education do you think is needed to own/operate a business like this? I know it would be a long time before something like this became a possibility but I'm curious about it. I'm currently going into my 4th year in college seeking an Equine Science degree with a minor in business. I will most likely go on to get my Masters.

And yes I have heard of KESMARC's hyperbaric incident. The way we operate with people and also our future plans with equine patients is much safer.
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    07-05-2012, 09:50 PM
I must depend on your location. Here and in Florida, the ones who one businesses that specialize in equine rehab are veterinarians.

They may hire technicians, but I only know of one (out of 9 clinics) where the technician does any actual rehab. And that is mostly hand walking, hosing off inflamed areas, or applying liniments. All the grooms I know are skilled in various massage techniques and myofascial release. They also are good at treating soft tissue lameness (muscles and tendons) and at bringing horses back from injuries of that type.

I can do ultrasound (therapeutic), address pressure points and e-stim. I will only do it if a vet signs off on my plan. Too much liability otherwise.

I do know of a few people who run barns that offer lay ups and legging up. I don't know why there is a need where they live.

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