Acupressure For Horses

Acupressure for horse therapy

What Is Acupressure?

Acupressure for horses is based on the same techniques as those used for humans. It is a traditional Chinese medicine that works on similar principles to that of acupuncture.

The stimulation applied by fine needles in acupuncture is done with fingertip pressure in acupressure.

The meridian system (energy pathways) in the body has 350 points known as acupuncture or acupressure points.

A blockage of energy flow, or Chi, along any meridian results in health problems and disease. Acupressure re-balances Yin & Yang, excess and deficiency.

The practical effect of successful acupressure can be to release pressure and strengthen muscles and soft tissue and reduce inflammation through the natural release of cortisone.

This, in turn, improves overall performance and cohesion between the horse and rider.

Acupressure can also be used to relieve stress prior to an environment change or before a show, making it a natural calming method.

As the procedure is not so invasive as acupuncture, it is much more accessible to the horse owner.

Recommended Reading: Acupressure For Horses

Equine Acupressure: A Working Manual by Nancy Zidonis & Amy Snow

Known as The Equine Acupressure Bible amongst therapists.

Gets excellent customer feedback “…cannot recommend this book highly enough for anyone involved in complementary equine therapies”.

A Hotline to Your Horse by Chris Olsen

A Pressure Point System for Solving Muscle Problems

The book sets out an easy to understand method that can be used to enhance your horse’s well being and willingness to perform

Equine Acupressure Therapists

To locate an acupressure therapist in your area contact Equinenergy: Phone 0127722520, or visit their site Site of The Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute dedicated to acupressure for animals. This makes interesting in-depth reading on all aspects of acupressure and other areas of Traditional Chinese Medicine for animals.

Sue Scott is a certified Equine Practitioner having successfully completed an examination following a 270 Learning Unit Equine Acupressure Program with Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institution. Sue is based in Wales. For more info:

Trudi Higginbotham offers Aromatherapy and Acupressure sessions for pets, enhanced with the other natural healing methods. Trudi originally from Dublin now lives and practices in Southgate, North London. Visit her website for more info:

Training As A Horse Acupressure Therapist

Equinenergy offers Acupressure Workshops & Courses in 2015. They are based at Writtle College, Chelmsford, Essex.

Foundation in Equine Acupressure This course is designed to be taken alone as an excellent foundation course, or in preparation for continuing study onto Acupressure Levels 1, 2 & 3 and finally the Progressive Acupressure Series. The course tutor is Diana Thompson.

Progressive Equine Acupressure and Advanced Equine Acupressure are offered with Dr Kerry Ridgway, DVM.

To contact the Equinenergy office: Phone 01277225201

Or visit their site

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