by Sandi Martinez
The video clip brings up Jenny. She has a sling-type contraption around her chest, and she rocks gently side-to-side; she jokes and says she’s not purposely making anyone sea-sick, but comforting her 1-month old baby, who appears to be very content! Soon, I am feeling soothed – as if the moment did call for a universal comforting session during that webinar. After all, maintaining optimum well-being, and care for the older horse is serious business.
The webinar covered: Senior Equine Massage – Helping Support Quality Of Life For The Older Horse. Jenny navigated the waters smoothly as she covered several issues ranging from what makes a senior horse a ‘senior’? Certain signs and conditions of old age that include stiffness and sensitivity related to arthritis, and how massage can help address muscle atrophy, arthritis, poor coat, and emotional issues. Cushing’s disease was also covered in great detail, and Jenny never skipped a beat!
So who is Jenny Rukavina-Marchese? 2007 was a year of big changes for Jenny, when she found herself transplanted to Colorado from Montana on a new and different career path. Formerly a high school biology teacher, she now finds herself immersed in the horse business after founding Acadia Equine Rehabilitation just south of Denver. AER was an idea based on Jenny’s personal experience bringing her mare, Acadia, back to work as a dressage horse after sustaining a severe stifle injury that required surgery and months of layup and rehabilitation. Becoming a certified equine and canine massage practitioner fit into the mission of her business, and until recently she said one of the only things missing in her life was teaching… so she now balances her time between her equine rehab clients, teaching equine and canine massage classes for the RMSAAM, as well as a limited number of equine and canine massage clients. Jenny shares her life with Australian Shepherd Cori, a faithful co-worker and companion; warmblood mare Acadia (aka “Cadie”), inspiration for many things and dressage partner; and African Grey Parrot, Roscoe who tries to keep her in line. In her spare time she can be found hiking and birding with Cori, watering her over population of orchids, and continuing her education.
You can tell Jenny has extensive experience teaching, and understands the art of knowledge unfolding. She was straightforward, answered questions asked by other participants with patience, kindness, and compassion, and managed to sail through the webinar without making anyone sea-sick! She was engaging, and very knowledgeable. Oh, and we can’t forget her great sense of humor!
Folks, don’t miss out on these free webinars! They’re informative, engaging, interesting, and oh, did I mention FREE? Click here to visit the webinar calendar, and you can also register for them on the same page. See you there!