Article by Tanya Randall, originally published in the April 2007 issue of BHN.
At the 1988 Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo in California, Joyce Jackson’s National Finals Rodeo horse Trent Tivio “Tivio” fell while turning the second barrel. In his desperate attempts to rise, Tivio scrambled and fell three more times before finally righting himself. The damage, however, was done.
The contortions from the fall left Tivio with muscle and skeletal damage throughout his hindquarters. Jackson and her veterinarian tried every traditional veterinary method available. They even went so far as trying to inject his back with anti-inflammatory drugs, an uncommon practice at the time. Nothing worked.
Through a friend, Jackson found a small animal veterinarian who was using electrotherapy in his practice. It took a little doing, but Jackson convinced him to use his Electro-Acuscope/Myopulse machine on her horse.
Thanks to electrotherapy and a rehabilitation program, Tivio and Jackson regained their winning form. They teamed up to win their first rodeo back — the prestigious Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada.
“The reason I got into physical therapy was to keep my own horse going,” says Jackson, a 1986 NFR qualifier and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) California Circuit Champion. “(Tivio) was exceptionally phenomenal, but he was also his own worst enemy. He was always getting hurt.”
Jackson, Palo Cedro, Calif., has used the Electro Acuscope/Myoscope Therapy system since 1988 and has served as a laser therapy and therapeutic ultrasound technician since 1995.