“The funny thing about massaging horses is when I come to work on them they act like, ‘OK, this is my “me” time,'” says Jennifer Oliver of Central Kentucky Equine Massage Therapy.

Insiders in the world of horse competitions know all about equine massage. But to those whose main contact with horses is from the other side of a rail, the fact that there exists such a practice might come as a surprise. In Oliver’s case it was a bit different: “When I found out there was equine massage, I thought, ‘That’s awesome.'” She knew she had found her calling.

—Lexington Herald-Leader, Lexington, Kentucky, Sept. 27, 2010