Tag Archives: colic

A Guide to Gut Sounds in Horses

As an equine acupressure practitioner, something I commonly use is what is known in Traditional Chinese Medicine as the ‘Four Examinations’.  The Four Examinations use the five senses and are a way of gathering information about a horse before using acupressure.  They include looking, smelling/ listening (these two senses are grouped together in TCM), asking (asking the owner/ guardian questions), […]

Life and Death After Colic Surgery: Bob’s Story

As many of you may know, I lost my gelding, Bob, this past week.  It has been a difficult time for me, but also a time of reflection–about Bob’s life, the impact he had on me, and about the number one medical killer of horses–colic.  In hopes that it could help someone else, I’d like to share Bob’s story.  […]

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Fifteen Fascinating Facts About Horse Digestion

I think many of us tend to ‘humanize’ our horses.  We think they should be clean.  We think they should wear nice, warm blankets when it’s cold.  And we think they should eat two or three meals a day–just like we do. But horses are horses–not humans.  And we shouldn’t treat them as such. They like to get dirty.  They can regulate their […]

Acupressure and Acupuncture for Horses: What’s the Difference?

  The following post is copied, with permission, from Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Blog and written by Nancy Zidonis and Amy Snow, co-founders of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute and authors of several animal acupressure books, including Equine Acupressure: A Working Manual. A horsefly is mid-air, within inches of landing on the horse’s flank. The surface of […]

Avoiding Winter Colic in Horses

Colic is a condition that many a horse owner dread, and if you’ve had horses for any length of time at all, chances are you’ve dealt with it.  I’ve had my fair share of colic episodes throughout the years and five years ago, I had to make one of the most difficult decisions any horse owner could face:  to have colic surgery […]