Post-Performance Acupressure for Horses + Giveaway from Two Horse Tack


It’s almost summer–the time of year all of us horse people look forward to!  The hours of daylight are growing longer and we can spend that extra time in the saddle or at the barn, enjoying our equine friends.

When I was a competitive barrel racer, summer was when I hit the road the most, and I often went to rodeos or jackpots a couple times a week.  I didn’t know about acupressure for horses then, but I wish I had.  It’s a great tool for equine athletes.

Acupressure is very beneficial for helping a horse wind down after competition.   It can relax the muscles as well as ease pain and stiffness throughout the body.  It’s safe and gentle, but deceptively powerful–especially if used on a regular basis.

For a review of what acupressure is and how to apply it, see this post.

I recommend these post-performance acupressure points:

post performance points

 

Lung 1: (bilateral) Located in a depression in the middle of the pectoral muscle.  This point relieves fatigue and strengthens the lungs.

Large Intestine 4: (bilateral) Found just under the inside of the ‘knee’, slightly below and behind the top of the splint bone.  This point relieves pain in the body and specifically targets neck, shoulder, foreleg, facial, and mouth pain.  It is also good for calming.

Bai Hui:  Located in the ‘spongy’ depression where the lumbar vertebrae end and the sacral vertebrae begin.  This point benefits any lameness issues and strengthens the hindquarters.

Bladder 60: (bilateral) This point is located in the skinniest part of the outer hock.  Known as the ‘aspirin point’, Bl 60 relieves pain and reduces swelling in any part of the body.  It also relaxes tendons and strengthens the back.

*Bilateral means acu-point is found on both sides of the horse’s body.

(Source used: Equine Acupressure: A Working Manual)

The post-performance acupressure points should be used after tack has been removed and your horse has been cooled down.  Even if you don’t compete or don’t technically have a performance horse, these acu-points can be helpful after a long workout or trail ride as well.

And now, without further ado . . . the giveaway!

A custom breast collar from Two Horse Tack !

two horse tack logo

Two Horse Tack is offering a giveaway of a custom breast collar (English or Western) in your choice of dozens of options. Two Horse Tack offers custom beta biothane pieces, which are easier care than leather with all the strength and pliability that you want in your tack. Beta doesn’t require oiling or conditioning, and can be cleaned in soap and water without cracking or drying.

blue breast collar

In addition to easy care, Two Horse Tack also believes in color, so the shop offers their pieces in one- or two-color combinations. Choose a traditional solid brown or black breast collar, or choose from 14 base and 13 overlay covers for a two-color combination that shows off your horse’s style or stable colors. The shop also offers three colors of camouflage overlay, or the option of seven colors of reflective Day-Glo, which are great for trail riders or anyone without a lighted arena. Finally, you can also choose from 13 different shades of bling, which are hand-riveted into place for maximum hold.

purple breast collar

 

camo breast collar

 

The winner of this contest will have the choice of any of the breast collar designs listed above.  To enter, simply leave a comment below telling about your favorite summertime horse activity.  This contest will run for 5 days, and a random winner will be drawn on Saturday, June 14th.  The contest is open to both U.S. and international residents.  Good luck!

Casie

Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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20 Responses

  1. Regina says:

    My favorite activity in the summer is “hanging out” with my horse…whether it be riding or just out in the field with him!

  2. Lisa Patrick says:

    Summertime can be too hot ride, so I like to go for an early morning ride. One of the ranch borders is a state park, so there are lots of nice trails. Later in the day, I like to put a halter on my horse and take him for a walk along the long tree-lined driveway to the road and back. It’s time to just to be with my boy and talk to him. He can’t answer, but he’s a good listener.

  3. Deborah says:

    Riding my Arabian horse Magnum Kahil at the end of the day and ponying my other Arabian Grace. We leave at 5:30 and ride into the hills to watch the sunset. I let them graze a bit before we head back home. Grace loves to see how much she can eat along the way but thoroughly enjoys being ponyed.

  4. Vicki L Ciepiela says:

    Hello, first of all I’d like to say I really enjoyed this post on acupressure. But then I look forward to any and all posts from you. Next, my favorite time spent with my horses is after a trail ride and she is all hot and sweaty, and so am I. I like to cool us both off with a hose to get us refreshed. It’s wonderful!!

  5. Diane says:

    Our favorite summertime activities with our horse are going to shows and performing with the drill team. We also like to trail ride and take our horses for a nice cool walk in the creek. Most of our spare time is spent with our horses.

  6. Gracie says:

    Cajun & my favorite summer activity is water play. No matter if it is in the creek near our home, around the water trough or playing ” catch me with the hose” , he is a true water bug and no doubt wishes we lived near a beach.

  7. Bobby says:

    Our favorite summertime activities are early morning arena work followed by a swim in the pond. The horses love to lay in the water!

  8. Melissa Bertrand says:

    Summer is my favorite time to ride, because i can watch all the crops growing . I love watching the wheat dance with the wind , it’s so peaceful. God’s work is everywhere this time of year.

  9. Trish James says:

    Early morning rides – in shorts!

  10. Caitlin D says:

    I just love to sit with my horse as he munches on some grass!

  11. katelynn keller says:

    As summer progresses and the days get hotter, we begin to escape up into the cooler mountains surrounding our house. As the snow melts, our rides venture higher to hidden clear lakes and beautiful untouched meadows. The worries of work and life are left behind and all that is on our minds is where do we want to go, how far, and what wonderful things will we see!

  12. Catherine says:

    I am retraining an OT Arabian to be a trail, pleasure horse. We are really learning to like the long, slow trot. No gimmicks, just lots of saddle time!

  13. alberta evans says:

    I love to break the hose out and call the horses over to get sprayed. My QH/TB filly comes running over and as I start spraying her she starts turning around to make sure I get her butt sprayed. Then she wants her front sprayed then her butt again. She will run off to roll and if it looks like I’m putting the hose away she comes back for more butt spraying. It’s a time to be carefree, no work all play, work comes later.

  14. kim schmittendorf says:

    My favorite activity with my gelding Jack is to take a break from riding and just hand graze him out of the pasture. He loves to eat one certain weed and we go hunting for it! He relaxes and we just hang out together. I groom him and give him scratches and he just loves it!

  15. allison says:

    Going for a drive with my friends. We have everything from minis to drafts. So much fun!

  16. kim Bartlett says:

    We love trail rides. Fast, slow, day or weekend, tough terrain or not, we love when summer because that means trail rides at our house 🙂

  17. Kasie Cole says:

    Slow trail rides around sun down.

  18. then5925 says:

    Thanks for participating in the giveaway, everyone! The winner (chosen by random.org) was picked on Saturday evening. Congrats to Alberta Evans!

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