Acupressure for Back Pain in Horses
As I sit on my couch, unable to do too much of anything due to injuring my lower back a few days ago, I am reminded that horses experience lower back pain too. And probably more often than we think.
I recently wrote an article about neck postures as an indicator of equine back pain, which was based on a very interesting study. Back pain is one of the more elusive conditions to diagnose in horses, but according to this study, your horse’s neck posture could be a telltale sign.
If your horse has been diagnosed with back pain, the top priority should be finding what is causing the pain. Could it be an ill-fitting saddle, improper hoof care, poor riding technique, or even pain the hocks? If you don’t find and correct the source of the pain, then you may never get it under control.
With that said, there are some things you can do to relieve your horse’s lower back pain naturally such as making sure he is being fed a balanced diet (with special attention paid to magnesium), and using massage and /or acupressure.
Here are some acu-points you can use to help relieve back pain in the horse (click to enlarge photo):
Performing acupressure sessions every 3-4 days should help to make the horse more comfortable. See my post Acupressure Explained for more information. You can also watch a video of me performing acupressure to see how it’s done.