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					Knowing Your Horse
By Mike Dimmers

What do you do when your horse’s behaviour suddenly changes? Perhaps he has a
poor appetite or not performing up to par. Do you automatically assume your horse
has a serious underlying issue?

Horses are creatures of habit. They eat, drink, and rest at the same time each day,
the amount of food and water rarely varies, and they eliminate in the same area.
Changes in natural habits are a sure sign that your horse’s balance is out of
alignment and something is going on.

Physical changes in your horse may also indicate that your horse’s health has been
compromised. Dead hair, a dull coat, glazed eyes, lameness, or poor feet are signs
that your horse may be “out of balance.”

If your horse is not comfortable with his surroundings; that is, the barn, the people
around him, or other horses, he will not be happy. This will be evident with changes
to his habits, which creates a negative effect and make the horse prone to injury.

A simple hair analysis – a test that uses hair follicles to identify root issues – can
determine injuries, disease, and nutrition deficiencies. Just like humans, your horse
could be suffering from an ailment, which is really a side effect stemming from a
particular issue.

If the test shows a nutritional concern, a nutritionist should be contacted for
treatment. Ensuring that your horse has the proper minerals and vitamins will help
alleviate his susceptibility to muscular and skeletal strains, or stress to internal

As with humans, a horse has energy channels flowing through its body along a
meridian system, which has a direct impact on the health of every muscle, organ,
and system. At times, blockages occur and will cause issues with the relating organ
or system. For example, if energy does not flow properly to the liver, the horse will
have trouble digesting food. You may think the culprit is an ulcer, but in fact, it
could be a simple blockage in the meridian system. Instead of paying for costly ulcer
treatments that will not affect this issue, a massage therapist who is trained to do
acupressure therapy can easily clear the blockage and restore digestion by applying
pressure to points on the meridian (acupuncture without needles).

By taking the time to know your horse - his daily habits, routine, and actions – you
can ensure your horse has a balanced body for optimal health and performance.

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