Cabell County woman leaves office job to follow her dream of working with horses

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CABELL COUNTY, WV (WOWK) – It is something many people think about but never do. Across the country, people dream of leaving the corporate world to be their own boss.

These days Synetta Harlan’s work days are different than they used to be. Instead of carrying two cell phones and answering to a corporate headquarters she is answering to horses like Scout. Scout is a chunky bay thoroughbred living the good life in Cabell County, WV.

“Scout is one of my best customers. I see him weekly,” Harlan said.  

Harlan quit her office job in May 2018, reinventing herself at the age of 44. Now instead of punching a time clock, she is doing what she loves. Her business is called Equine Balance. She offers Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy or PEMF therapy to horse and humans.

“You are sitting in the chair staring at the walls and trying to meet the numbers. I was in for 18 years and took the plunge,” Harlan said. “Overall this has been a blessing going from the corporate world to having these views has been amazing.”

Leaving her job wasn’t something that Harlan took lightly.

“Not having a stable paycheck was scary. You get used to that in the corporate world,” she said.

Harlan said even though making the move was scary keeping a positive attitude was the key to success.”

“Believe that you can do it,” she said. “Remove all of the negativity from your life. It brings you down and everyone around you. It is a job. You have to work at it. But you just have to believe.”

She’s built her business gradually through social media and word of mouth. On the weeks when appointments are slow she leans on faith. So far she says taking the risk has lead to a more joyful life.

If you know of a woman who has risked everything and left the corporate world to start her own business we’d love to hear from you. You can email reporter Nicky Walters at

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