Colic is the leading cause of premature death in domesticated horses. The reasons horses colic vary, including diet, activity, dehydration, exposure to toxins, emotional distress, and the list goes on and on. The severity of colic can be as simple as minor digestive upset to severe digestive upset requiring surgery, and most severe causing death. One major reason the early onset of digestive upset is not usually as serious in dogs, cats and humans, is they all have what I like to call beneficial rebellious chi, commonly referred to as the ability to vomit. Horses can NOT vomit, therefore when a horse has a little digestive upset it can not be relieved by vomiting.
If you own a horse you know the most common “talk at the water trough” is sharing ideas on how to prevent colic . Diet is probably the most common discussion. Realistically, colic prevention requires a holistic approach, including making good choices regarding your horses diet, exercise, housing, hoof care, and good overall physical and emotional support. I believe based on my own experience, massage and acupressure on a routine basis for your horse very beneficial for horses to maintain optimal health.
You can perform acupressure to help prevent colic in your holistic approach on your horse. I routinely perform acupressure for colic prevention on my horses, and my clients horses. It will take you less than 5 minutes a week, to use these Colic Prevention points on your horse.
1st : Tonify ST36, which is located at the head of the tibial crest on the lateral side of hind leg, near the stifle. With your thumb rub this point gently clockwise on the right side of the horse dog until displays a release of energy*, such as a licking their lips, chewing, dropping of the head, passing gas, or moving away from touch. This point is the Master Point for The gastrointestinal system and helps maintain a healthy digestive system. Repeat on left side.
2nd: Tonify Ki 3 , which is located at the thinnest part of the hock on the medial aspect of the hind leg . With your thumb rub this point gently clockwise on the right side of the horse until the horse displays a release of energy*. The Kidney Meridian governs Water and balances hydration and water metabolism. Repeat on left side.
3rd: Tonify St25, which is located on the abdomen approx. one and one-half cun lateral to the umbilicus. A cun is the width of your horses last rib. With your thumb rub this point gently clockwise on the right side of the horse until the horse displays a release of energy*. This is the Alarm Point for the Large Intestine and helps to move energy in the intestinal track. Repeat on the left side.
*Note: If the horse does not have an obvious release of energy, stimulate the point for 30 seconds, and move to the next point.
You can also use the same points on your dog for digestive upset.
If you want to learn more, Rocky Mountain Holistic Healing Arts Institute offers acupressure and massage, dowsing, chakra balancing, essential oils and many other healing modality courses for animal owners.
If you are interested in becoming an animal acupressure and massage practitioner, Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage offers programs to become a certified animal acupressure and massage practitioners.
By: Beth Pelosa, Owner of Rocky Mountain Holistic Healing Arts Institute , Certified TCM Animal Acupressure and Massage Practitioner, and RMSAAM Large and Small Animal TCM and Acupressure Instructor