Marie Condie of Stansbury Park has always loved horses.Born in Oregon and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, she never had the opportunity or space to own one when she was young. In Cincinnati, Condie always rode the ponies at the fair, read every horse book from the bookmobile then asked for more, and always asked her parents to pull the car over to see horses.
“Back then, I just wanted to smell them,” said Condie, who moved to Stansbury Park as a teenager. “I wanted to be around them. I wanted them to lick my hand. I just wanted contact.”
As an adult, Condie managed to own her first horse. She spotted Gray Girl, a 20-year-old mare, from her friend’s window. True to form, Condie wanted contact.
“That horse is the devil,” her friend said. “Don’t go near her; she will kill you.”
Condie saw that Gray Girl didn’t have aggressive body language and accepted the challenge. She hopped the fence, held out a handful of grass, and the horse came over. Gray Girl suffered from neglect, including worms and overgrown hooves. Condie negotiated her sale, and gave Gray Girl loving care until she passed away five years later.
“She was my best little buddy,” Condie said.
So she was intrigued when she read a Facebook ad over a year ago asking for people who wanted to work with horses.
“I was like, ‘Well heck, yeah!’ So I clicked on it,” Condie said.
The ad talked about Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy as a pain and drug-free treatment to accelerate healing. It is certified by the FDA. Condie knew she wanted to do it professionally.
“Working with horses just makes your day better,” she said. “Horses take a lot of negative energy from you.”
PEMF fits under the umbrella of the medical field, which always motivated Condie. She realized this when she found herself fascinated as a child by her Uncle Alan’s stories as an emergency room doctor.
“You really have to know your stuff in the emergency room,” Condie said. “People’s lives rely on it, and no two shifts are the same.”
As an adult, Condie certified as an EMT and discovered what many public servants realize.
“Being an EMT was an emotional rollercoaster,” she said. “I had the privilege to be there on somebody’s worst day and help someone out.”
Yet, Condie always found ways to work with horses in the background of her life. She worked with horse trainers gentling 2-year-old colts, gave horseback riding lessons, and volunteered with Freedom Riders — a Weber County program that teaches children with disabilities how to ride horses.
“Doing Freedom Riders, I learned how amazingly patient horses can be. They know who is on them and that person needs a little extra care,” Condie said.
PEMF fit into Condie’s modus operandi. She took online courses at Pulse Centers based in North Carolina. The modules included anatomy, the PEMF equipment, PEMF techniques, “selfie” videos using the techniques, and a comprehensive test. The course work is based on the text, “Healing is Voltage” by Jerry Tenant.
According to “Healing is Voltage,” PEMF is based on the fact that our bodies operate on a certain voltage. PEMF asserts that chronic disease occurs when the body cannot maintain the voltage to create new cells and that injured cells have a lower voltage. The goal is to increase the voltage in the cell, which increases the blood and oxygen circulation and accelerates healing.
This last year, Condie became one of two PEMF practitioners in Tooele County. She focuses on animals.
Her PEMF equipment includes a pulse center, which creates voltage that is carried through rubber encased coils or a mat. A PEMF session takes about an hour, and the injury dictates the number of sessions.
“All you feel is a tickling sensation [in the session]. It doesn’t hurt so it’s actually pretty relaxing,” Condie said.
Condie says the worst thing that could happen is sore muscles because the voltage causes the muscles to contract. She recommends hydration as a cure if that occurs.
“The water helps us heal, kind of like recharging the battery,” Condie said.
Condie treats the entire body in a PEMF session. This prevents healthy areas from pulling voltage from the injured area.
Some animals can be anxious at first, but eventually settle in.
“You know they’re getting really comfortable if they start yawning and do the downward dog yoga pose,” Condie said. “Some horses fall asleep. They love it.”
Condie allows the horse to smell the coils before she places them to familiarize the horse with the equipment. She gauges the animal’s reaction to the coils before turning on the machine.
“If the animal still seems unsure, I have the owner love on them,” she said.
Condie determines the voltage by muscle movement and comfort level.
“Most horses love it. And when I come for the second appointment, they are nickering to me and whinnying, and they’re like, ‘Yes! I know what she’s here for,’” Condie said.
Condie would like to expand her business to include as many animals as possible. She enjoys working with all animals.
“Animals are honest. If the therapy is working, you’ll know it,” Condie said.
She means that animals do not project positive or negative expectations on the experience like people do.
Condie would love to work on rodeo bulls who injure their backs jumping and bucking in the arena. She read about “pulsing” rodeo bulls on Facebook.
“If I find someone, I’m going to tell them the success other people have had and that I would love the opportunity to help their bulls out, too,” Condie said.
Condie focused on doing PEMF on horses this year in her business, but she also treated some dogs and one arthritic cat. The cat surprised her during the session.
“The cat just decided he was done. He jumped up and ran off the mat. We listened to the animal and he said 45 minutes was plenty,” Condie said.
The owner said the cat was much better afterwards, according to Condie.
Condie also loved working on a bulldog named Boss, who had a spinal injury from twisting wrong while fetching balls. He had difficulty walking around. Before opting for surgery the owner gave Condie a call.
“I’d come and put my machine down and Boss would get so excited. And then I put the mat down and he flops down like ‘OK, I’m ready,’” Condie said, “He knew I was there to help.”
She did seven 30-minute sessions and Boss didn’t have to have surgery.
Condie said people with questions about PEMF can go to the Pulse Centers websites. Many people prefer talking to her, however.
“They want to ask me their questions, and I’m fine with that,” Condie said.
The owner doesn’t have to bring the animal to her; Condie will travel to the animal. So far, the farthest she’s traveled is to Bountiful. Ultimately, Condie would like to travel all over Utah and help animals heal quicker, and educate animal owners about PEMF.
For more information about PEMF and treatment, animal owners can call or text Condie at 435-255-9515.