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A Gift that Heals

Kendall hopes to turn his love of horses into a career.

“ Being around (horses) is like therapy. ”


- Kendall, Lake County Leader

When Kendall, otherwise known as “Shae,” was just 17-years-old, he began a battle with two, cancerous brain tumors. He underwent a combination of aggressive medical treatment and natural healing practiced by his mother such as healing touch, light therapy and prayer. Shae is now in remission, which he and his family credit to natural healing. That is why he chose to receive tuition to the Western Montana School of Equine Massage for his wish.

Healing for Kendall and the horseShae’s love of horses goes back to when he was a child, at the Ronan Crazy Days Celebration. Shae and his mother, Kathy, were marveling at a horse that was being raffled off, when an occupational therapist suggested that Kathy’s disabled, three-year-old grandson could benefit from equine therapy. Kathy tried her luck, and purchased a $20 raffle ticket. With a twist of fate, they won the beautiful horse.

Shae and his mother began working and learning about equine therapy, while providing healing to the young boy. Pete the Miracle, as the horse was called, helped the boy gain strength, physically and mentally. Local stable owner, Debbie McGinnis noticed Shae was a natural with horses, and offered him an internship at Polson’s Hobby Horse Place. Here he learned that not only can horses heal humans, but humans can heal horses.

Shae’s schooling consists of three complex levels that incorporate the training, therapy and massaging of a horse. He will work closely with the therapy program to master the three levels of training with expectations to complete the program in the upcoming years. Shae is now working toward being a certified equine massage therapist to massage horses for a living.

Whenever Shae is feeling down, he can saddle up and forget his worries. What is even more special to Shae, is that he can share his gift with others in need of healing, whether it be a sick child or a sick horse. 

  • Healing in progress.

  • Kendall practicing horse healing in a corral.

  • Horse therapy

  • Kendall studying

  • Kendall studying with his cowboy hat on

  • Kendall holds up a perfect test.

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