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:
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 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.
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.
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!