New equine therapy available in Ronan
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RONAN — With an equine rehab facility on the way once a barn is constructed, projected to finish in late 2023, the Infinity Appaloosa Ranch has expanded the offerings for horse care in Ronan.
The ranch, owned by Mistelle and Michael Lewis and managed by business partner Diana Whitworth, opened in Ronan to offer boarding, training, horseback riding, and horses for sale. Early this year, however, they added on an additional LLC in the form of Pulse Electro Magnetic Field Therapy (PEMF).
“What it does is it reduce inflammation which promotes healing, and then increases the cellular regeneration rate of the cells,” Mistelle explained. The MagnaWave PEMF machine has been around since 2002, and the Lewises use it for horse muscle recovery after workouts, as well as on horses with injury. “It’s definitely a great tool.”
Able to handle two horses at once, the Lewises have gone mobile with their treatments, traveling to individuals and events alike. Since their start and wherever facilities allow them to act as a vendor, they’ve attended several events in the community to treat horses on site.
The Lewises moved to Ronan in 2020 to open their equine services. With Michael retired from a 22-year army career out of New Jersey and Mistelle originally from a small fishing town in Alaska, Mistelle said she’s had horses nearly all her life. Living for a while in Maple Valley Washington, she grew up just down the road from a ranch that raised and bred Appaloosas, which got her into the equine industry.
“It’s just been a passion of mine. They’re such a great breed,” Mistelle commented. “Everybody considers (Appaloosas) stubborn, but it happens they tend to be a little smarter than people.”
In addition to local work and providing lessons to some 4-H kids, the Lewises have volunteered as a fire evacuation shelter for the past two years, holding several animals out of the fire zones for the Bolder and Elmo fires. They have also been volunteering with Thunder Mountain Farms Equine Rescue out of Washington for the past 15 years.
“I have experience with wild horse,” Mistelle explained. Each year they take several horses and put training and their own time into them, then market them for the rescue. Last year they had 10 wild horses on their ranch. “They just need some training so they can be better citizens and move onto families that love them.”
To learn more about services offered by the Infinity Appaloosa Ranch and PEMF, or to sign up for lessons or horse training, visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Infinity-Appaloosa-Ranch-109406554036123/, online at: InfinityPEMF.com, or call 406-544-1332.