Equine Ting Points
Have you heard of the Ting points which are used in acupressure or acupuncture? These acupoints are commonly used by practitioners and the good news is that they are all very easy to find–so even lay people can learn to use them too (for acupressure).
The reason why Ting points are so easy to find is that they are all located on the foot of the horse–most of them just above the coronary band.
Briefly, I’ll explain what the Ting points are. In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), there are twelve major meridians that course through the body. These are invisible vessels in which chi energy flows. Most acu-points are found along these meridians. Each meridian has both a beginning and ending point somewhere on the body–many of these can be found on the hooves. These are the Ting points.
Since there are twelve major meridians, there are also twelve Ting points–6 on each front hoof and 6 on each back hoof. Remember that meridians and acu-points are bilateral–they are found on both sides of the body.
Ting points can tell you quite a bit about your horse’s general well-being. If you find a Ting point that is warm to the touch or possibly swollen, your horse is likely experiencing what we refer to in TCM as an excess condition. This is also known as an acute condition or one that has sprung up suddenly. An example might be a respiratory infection.
If you notice that a Ting point is cold to the touch and is maybe sunken in, this is indicative of a deficiency condition, also known as a chronic condition. An example of this would be chronic laminitis or arthritis.
Aside from assessment purposes, Ting points can be used to balance the entire meridian. This is why they are so often used by practitioners.
So, let’s start with the front hooves. Below, you will find the locations of those Ting points. You will notice the terms medial and lateral used in the diagrams as well. Just remember that medial means toward the mid-line of horse and lateral means toward the outside of the horse.
(You will notice that Triple Heater 1 is just slightly lateral to the very middle of the front part of the hoof.)
(Pericardium 9 is found just between the heel bulbs.)
So let’s discuss why you might want to use the Ting points on the front hooves (aside from assessment purposes).
Lung 11: Can be used for emergency situations such as respiratory failure or loss of consciousness. It also helps to strengthen the immune system and benefits horses with laminitis or respiratory problems.
Large Intestine 1: Beneficial for horses with laminitis, navicular, ringbone, or any other hoof problem. Also relieves nasal discharge.
Triple Heater 1: Can be used in colic situations as well as for laminitis and ringbone. Use also for conjunctivitis, vision problems or colic.
Small Intestine 1: Can be used for horses with laminitis or sidebone. Also beneficial for insufficient lactation or shoulder pain.
Heart 9: Can be used for fever or any type of cardiovascular emergency. Beneficial for shoulder lameness as well.
Pericardium 9: Beneficial for hoof problems or forelimb disorders. Helps with fever as well.
And now, here are the locations of the Ting points on the back hooves. . .
(Again, Stomach 45 is just lateral to the center of the front part of the hoof.)
(Kidney 1 is located just between the heel bulbs. )
Here is why you might want to use the Ting points on the back hooves. . .
Spleen 1: Beneficial for horses with laminitis or arthritis. Can also be used for colic or lack of appetite.
Liver 1: Helpful for laminitis and sidebone. Also beneficial for mares with irregular estrus or for any horse with urinary incontinence.
Stomach 45: Can be used for abdominal pain (colic) as well as for any hoof problem.
Gall Bladder 44: Beneficial for horses with laminitis, arthritis, or hock problems.
Bladder 67: Can be used for any hoof problem and also for problems in the back or hock. Also used for vision issues and is used to expedite labor. (Do NOT use on pregnant mares!)
Kidney 1: Used for shock or to restore consciousness. Also helpful for urinary incontinence, constipation, or diarrhea.
So there you have it–those are the equine Ting points! Please be careful using the Ting points since they are located on the feet and never work on a horse that you feel is unsafe to work on.
To review how acupressure is employed, please see this post.