Guest Author - Kim Wende
You may have heard the term “holistic,” but what does it mean? Holistic means to treat the horse as a whole and not to look at just one specific thing. Everything must work together to function as a whole. So take into account the horses lifestyle, nutrition, environment, emotional issues, etc.
When using a holistic therapy always look at how one thing affects other areas of the body to find the root cause. For example, if a horse is not picking up their a lead it could be caused by problems with the teeth......don't laugh I've seen this happen.
If you've never used a holistic therapy for your horse you might want to consider trying at least one of them. I've been using holistic therapies on horses and for myself for over 20 years now and have had outstanding results. Some of the therapies I've used have been light therapy, equine touch, equine iridology, aromatherapy and reiki.
There are other methods that are great too like massage therapy, acupuncture (with needles), chiropractic, magnetic therapy, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, aromatherapy, and more.
Light Therapy is an advanced form of acupuncture, but without needles. It uses light to stimulate the acupuncture points on the body. I really like this therapy because it is safe, painless and very effective. It promotes healing and provides temporary relief from pain
Equine Iridology is an assessment modality that looks at the body's constitutional strengths and weaknesses, levels of inflammation, and the functioning of the elimination system and organs by looking at the eye. It is a great way to spot potential health problems and imbalances in your horse. This is a non-intrusive technique that is very safe.
Equine Touch is a non-invasive method that address the whole horse. The practitioner performs gentle moves on specific points of the body in a predetermined pattern. When this procedure is done correctly it induces deep relaxation, reduces pain. It also helps with detoxification and lymphatic drainage.
This is a very powerful method that I know you will want to check out. A few years ago my sister's horse hurt himself when he was running around and bucking in his pen. The next day she found him laying down and he did not want to get up so I recommended she get an equine touch practitioner. The practitioner worked on her horse that morning and by that afternoon he was back up on his feet.
Reiki is a non-intrusive healing energy that is very safe. It originated in Japan and means “universal life force energy.” The healing energy or Reiki goes to where it is needed the most. Reiki is very gentle and can relieve pain, anxiety, stress, discomfort and more as it activates self-healing in the body. It works on the meridian lines and chakras using different hand positions.
Equine massage therapy manipulates soft tissue and increases circulation. It can relieve pain, muscle tension, increase performance and more. Horses with injuries that are massaged on a regular basis seem to have a shorter recovery period.
These are just a few of the therapies that are out there that can make a big difference for your horse and can be used in conjunction with veterinarian care.
I realize that some people refuse to use any of these practices, but before you discount them I urge you to give them a try with a qualified holistic practitioner or consult a holistic veterinarian. There are several veterinarians who are now using holistic therapies in their practice, which is making a difference for horses.