Category Archives: Acupressure

Lillie–The Naturally Healthy Horse of the Month

Lillie is the Naturally Healthy Horse of the Month for April.  The aged dun mare came to Serendipity Horse Rescue several years ago in very poor shape.  She was malnourished, depressed, and angry.   At first, Lillie did not adapt well to her new home.  She stood alone and would refuse to interact with people or […]

Red Light Therapy for Horses

While attending Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute in 2009, I discovered a conjunctive modality that many practitioners were using–known as red light therapy.  So when I started my own equine acupressure business, I decided that buying a red light would likely be a good investment.   Even though I no longer do acupressure as a ‘business’, I still employ […]

TMJ Disorder in Horses

Temporo-mandibular joint and muscle disorders, often simply referred to as TMJ, are defined as “a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement.”  A more accurate acronym is actually TMD (temporomandibular dysfunction).  But for this post, I’ll refer to it as TMJ since most of […]

Equine Acupressure Point for Sore Muscles

OUCH, My Muscles Are So Sore: An Acupressure Point Can Help From Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute Your horse can’t verbalize how he is feeling, yet, if you pay attention, he is very good at indicating how his body feels. Muscle aches, stiffness, and pain impacts your horse’s attitude and performance. Often muscle pain is a […]

Acupressure for Horse Emergencies

Unfortunately, most of us who’ve been around horses for very long have experienced some type of emergency situation.  I’ll be the first to admit–I don’t handle these situations too well (one of the reasons I chose not to be a vet!), but I am getting better.  One thing that has definitely helped, though, is my knowledge of acupressure.  Knowing a few […]

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The Five Element Horse Types + Interview with Holistic Veterinarian, Dr. Madalyn Ward

(The following is an excerpt from Dr. Ward’s article, “Brief Introduction to the Five Element Horse Types and Temperaments”.  To view the article in its entirety, click here.)  There are many approaches to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), but the Five-Element approach is unique in that it includes the idea that each of us, animal or […]

A Guide to Equine Acupressure–New Book

The following is an excerpt from the new ACU-HORSE: A Guide to Equine Acupressure by Nancy Zidonis & Amy Snow, the founders of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute. This new book will be released in November 2013. ACU-HORSE is filled with how-to narrative, charts, and photographs and serves as the Tallgrass text book for all of the […]