I have known the Myers’ since 1989. With Tookie as the attending veterinarian, Carlene contributed her talents and skills as horse trainer/administrator/riding instructor and the firm hand of the practice.
Carlene has taught many on how to be aware of all things around you, so that when dealing with animals or other things not much will be missed. She was a person I have learned a lot from. She has a very “no nonsense” kind of personality that pushes you to be more that what you are or were. Excuses were unacceptable as was procrastination.
Tookie's veterinarian diagnostics were complimented with Carlene's holistic mindset and fine-tuned observational skills; how the horse stood, how they compensated in body stance and in movement including under saddle, and to look at detailed balancing of the foot, limb and body. Carlene is very proficient in her learning and teaching abilities.
Her awareness of “balance” in all things, from the hoof, the horse and the rider has taught me in doing the same. Now all I have to do is see how a horse moves by looking at the animal as a whole. You can even pinpoint to which limb the horse or even dog is lame on.
There is so much more to Carlene that doesn’t pertain to this site, but I am so thankful for having her and Tookie as my friends.
Mary M. Goodwin Suffolk, VA, USA
I met Carlene Myers in early 1992 after my daughter became interested in horses. She started with lessons, leased a horse and then we bought one for her. Soon after that I bought a horse for myself. Apparently unknown to anyone, the horse we bought for my daughter was pregnant. Suddenly we were going to be a three horse family and our adventure began. Carlene became a resource to me on everything horses and animals in general as we had a dog and two cats at the time. She often prevented the need for a vet call by pointing me in the right direction for the latest literature on things like feeding, pasture management and parasite control. When we discovered that my horse had pituitary disease our relationship became even more important to me. She guided me in learning about the special care necessary for horses with this condition.
I spent the next 5 years caring for our horses and helping at the 10 horse family owned barn where we boarded. As often happens in small horse operations things changed and they suddenly needed someone to run the barn. I agreed to give it a try and again turned to Carlene for guidance. She was available to me for advice on barn management and pet emergencies any time of the day or night. On multiple occasions she guided me in what to do in an emergency while waiting for a vet to arrive. In several cases her recommendations reduced the stress to the animal and prevented the need for more costly vet interventions.
On a lighter side, Carlene helped me with my own riding abilities. She helped with basic horse handling skills and then introduced me to instructors who she knew would be able to take me beyond my comfort zone and make me a better rider.
Carlene’s many insights over the years have been invaluable to me. As with every pet owner we eventually had to deal with the aging of our pets and the hard decisions on when to let them go. Carlene’s emotional support helped me through those times and I am truly thankful for that.
Paula Lee Cherry February 20, 2019