It’s clear when you visit with Lisa Lockhart or Dr. Terry Swanson, that they have a deep mutual respect for each other. Although it's hard to estimate the degree to which their equine chemistry impacts her horses' performance, it is safe to say that it should not be underestimated. It’s one of those rare relationships where one plus one add up to much more than two. The biggest beneficiaries of this collaboration are Louie and Chism, two of the best barrel racing horses in the world.
Through hectic schedules and health setbacks with her horses, Lisa and Dr. Swanson have navigated the seasons with grace, always putting the health of her horses first. Lisa has been in the top 5 barrel racers in the world for the past five years. Like any successful run, it hasn’t been without challenges and injuries. How she and Dr. Swanson have handled these setbacks is clearly part of her formula for success. "He’s always my first phone call. It takes me 7 hours to get to Littleton Equine Medical Center from my home in South Dakota, and I don’t mind making that trip one bit," says Lisa. "When I can’t get to where he is, we work from emails, texts, photos and calls at all hours of the day and night." Swanson is quick to commend his client, "she has a great feel for what is going on with her horses, especially when she is on the road and calls with an issue. She can really communicate her horse’s situation well."
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