Alternative Healing for Horses
Does your horse struggle with chronic issues or are you looking to keep your horse healthy through preventative care? Alternative healing may be the answer! Alternative and naturopathic medicine has recently regained popularity with humans and can also be beneficial for our equine partners. Often combining contemporary traditional medicine along with alternative therapies, holistic healing is geared toward identifying the cause of “dis-ease” rather than simply treating the symptoms. With this holistic approach in mind, holistic doctors focus on preventative measures and wellness of the whole being. Therapeutic modalities in alternative medicine include from herbal medicine, chiropractic care, aromatherapy, acupuncture, nutritional therapy, and many more. Combined with traditional medicine and surgery, incorporating holistic medicine into your horse’s wellness routine can be life changing.
The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association is a great place to start when looking for holistic practitioners and veterinarians. The AHVMA website has links to helpful information as well as a suggested reading list for folks who are interested in learning more about holistic veterinary care.
The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy is another organization for folk who are interested in alternative medicine for their animals. This site feature a search feature that allows you to find a veterinarian that is certified by the AVH.
For folks in the northeast, I highly recommend Equiqi for both qigong (an ancient Chinese form of healing) and equine massage therapy. Incredibly knowledgeable in many aspects of homeopathic healing, Rebekah from Equiqi can be a valuable member of your horse’s wellness team! Check out her website for contact info!
Here is a great video from Equiqi about body line drawing for your horse. Give it a try and leave your comments below!