Acupuncture fits hand-in-hand with conventional veterinary medicine because it looks at the problem from another point of view. Problems that do not respond well to regular medicine often respond to acupuncture. As a licensed veterinarian and a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), Dr. Pasteur offers solutions to help horses maintain overall wellness. In addition to sports medicine, acupuncture can be used in treating several conditions, including:
- Poor performance
- Back soreness
- Neck stiffness
- Difficulty changing leads
- Laryngeal hemiplegia
- Behavior problems
Understanding the Acupuncture Exam
The acupuncture exam might seem unusual, but acupuncture has been used for thousands of years as a branch of TCVM. In addition to checking standard acupuncture points for soreness, we also look at the tongue when performing equine acupuncture. If you look at your horse’s tongue, it may be pale pink (normal), purple (the horse is sore), pale (deficient, weak or lacks energy), or red (may be a non-sweater or about to be one).
Next, we check the horse’s general temperature, in a weird way. We gently cup our hand around the back of the ear. The two fingers closest to the head should be warm and the two fingers closest to the ear tip should be cool. Then we run our hand along the horse’s back from the withers to the tail. It should be evenly warm. Often horses are cool or cold over the low back or croup. We also check the horse’s pulse – not to get the heart rate, but to feel if the quality is weak or strong, wiry or soft.
Dr. Pasteur will also ask general questions about your horse and any problems that you see or feel. How does your horse act around other horses? Does your horse prefer sun or shade? Holistic health questions combined with a thorough exam leads to an acupuncture diagnosis or pattern. From the pattern, Dr. Pasteur works with owners to choose a treatment plan that is best for your horse’s health.
Are you thinking about scheduling an evaluation or acupuncture session for your horse? Contact us at 352-362-0074 with your questions about Rising Sun Equine Clinic.