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Published April 19, 2010, 12:00 AM

Gallery: Horse massaging


Megan Vikesland uses both hands to rub near the horse's eyes during the equine massage. Dave Wallis / The Forum

  • Megan Vikesland uses both hands to rub near the horse's eyes during the equine massage. Dave Wallis / The Forum
  • Vikesland writes a report of Faren's massage for her records as well as the owner of the horse after finishing the work. Dave Wallis / The Forum
  • As Vikesland puts a wrap back on Faren after the massage was finished, the horse shakes its head. Dave Wallis / The Forum
  • Megan Vikesland laughs as she gets a playful reaction from the horse as she tickles the nose and under the chin. Dave Wallis / The Forum
  • Most horses, including Faren, who she is working on here, enjoy the massage and are very relaxed as she works on their muscles. Dave Wallis / The Forum
  • Loose hairs cling to Vikesland's sleeve as she works her fingers across the neck of the horse. Dave Wallis / The Forum
  • One of several cats roaming the Sterling Rose Stables walks around Vikesland as she works on one of the legs of the horse during the massage. Dave Wallis / The Forum
  • Vikesland, a student at North Dakota State University, covers almost every inch of the horse during the massage. Dave Wallis / The Forum
  • Megan Vikesland's hands are the only tools she uses to massage the horse's muscles. Here she is following a muscle from the neck toward the top of the front leg. Dave Wallis / The Forum
  • Vikesland watches Faren for reactions as she gives the horse a massage at Sterling Rose Stables south of Fargo. Dave Wallis / The Forum