(ran East, South, Beach, Seminole editions)
K. "Snip" Weldon, a certified equine sports massage therapist, visits five or six local stables a month, smoothing out what she calls "ouchies," tight or sore spots on her big, muscular clients. It takes a sixth sense to tell what the horse is feeling, she says, but she also pays attention to the responses: a certain way of chewing, or rolling the eyes. "It is always a good feeling to look the horse in the eye and see "that peaceful look' after one of my massages," she says. On this day, she was working on Cody, at Cherokee Ranch, 6200 90th Ave. N. At right, Weldon begins a 45-minute massage. Above, she works deep into the neck and upper side. Cody started out tight and ended up loose.