Alternative Therapies and how they can help your horse

Today’s horse owners are now spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing effective ways of treating and helping their horses. For years many proven methods were forgotten or ignored, now thanks to such people as Caroline Ingraham, Margrit Coates and the late Jack Meagher to name just a few, our horses are now able to be treated and cured using ancient methods of healing.

When choosing a therapist for your horse, there are several factors to take into account before making a booking. First and foremost; call your vet! Legally no one can treat your horse without the permission of your Vet. He/She is the first person you should contact regarding any treatment or diagnosis of your horse.

Secondly please ensure that the therapist you are considering is fully insured and qualified with a recognised governing body. There are too many types of therapies to list here; (and indeed it seems that a new therapy is launched on the Equine World every month!), but I will endeavour to cover a few of the more common and maybe not so common to help you make an informed choice.

Animal Communication and Healing
The Art of Animal communication is communicating with an animal via a ‘telepathic’ process. The Communicating with an animal is a two way process, i.e. there is a sender and a receiver. Many animal lovers and owners have witnessed the animal ‘knowing when we are about to arrive home, at the yard etc’, even when the times are varied. But humans also have the ability to connect in another way, telepathically, which is one of the methods animals use for communicating with each other.

Telepathy can be done in various ways; either in person or over distance by using a good description or a photograph of the animal. A willingness to open the mind is needed to allow images, words, and even physical feelings, to occur between human and animal.

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The use of Aromatherapy can be traced back to the Ancient Egyptians. The Priests were amongst the first to discover and understand the physical and emotional benefits of aromatics. (As early as 3500bc they were using Frankincense to clear the mind!) Through Roman times and 17th Century England many essential oils were used for a variety of purposes. For example the Romans used oils for massage and to fragrance their homes. Pomanders using Oranges and Cloves were used to help ward off The Black Death! Horsemen of yesteryear used many oils, herbs and plants to aid them in the training of uncontrollable horses. Gaining them much respect in the community and putting them in a position of high esteem.

Equine Aromatherapy is now widely accepted as an effective use of treating many horse ailments. You only have to look at the huge range of natural fly sprays on today’s market to see an example of its popularity! Horses are extremely sensitive and responsive animals. It is surely no surprise, how well they react to the subtle and fragrant scents of this healing art.

For further information contact, The International Society of Animal Aromatics Practitioners (ISAAP) president Caroline Ingraham – tel: 01497 847762.   Visit: or

Guild of Essential Oil Therapists tel 01869 349813

Bach Flower Remedies
Health depends on being in harmony with our souls” Dr Edward Bach
Dr Edward Bach believed that attitude of mind contributes to your physical state, in both recovering from an illness and maintaining health in every day life. He developed a complete system of 38 remedies that were prepared from flowers, trees, and wild plants. They can be used individually or as a combination.

They have been used very successfully on horses and other animals. Although Dr Bach died in 1936, his work continues to develop and grow in popularity. Training courses are now run from The Dr Bach Centre, Mount Vernon, Sotwell, Oxon.

For further information contact: The Dr Edward Bach Centre – tel: 01491 834678,

Chiropractics for Horses
This is a form of manipulative treatment. The concept of Chiropractics (which actually means – treatment or manipulation by the hands.) was developed by David Daniel Palmer (1845-1913) in 1895 in Iowa. Chiropractic treatment has achieved fantastic results in the treatment of back, shoulder and other muscular-skeletal disorders. Horses are now gaining relief from many problems by the use of chiropractic adjustments themselves. The Chiropractor treats the horse as a whole, with emphasis on the horse’s body structure and conformation in relation to treating the problem area.

For further information contact McTimoney Chiropractic Association –
Tel: 01280 705050 visit  www.mctimoney-animal.org

Equine Massage
Massage is an age-old therapy that has been used on horses for centuries. There are many forms of massage, but all of them provide numerous benefits. The application of the hands-on techniques is designed to improve the quality and length of the horses stride. Increase circulation, range of motion, stamina and performance. Emotional effects can also occur. Relaxation of the horses mind, a better disposition, and return of his gentle character are often noted by the owners after a course of massage treatment. The horse himself enjoys his time being massaged, many changes can occur to the horse whilst the treatment is taking place. Head lowering, yawning, spontaneous stretching, drinking water, even nodding off to sleep! All signs the horse is benefiting and enjoying the session.

There are various methods of massage that your horse can be treated to, all essentially provide a similar result.

For those of you in the South East who would like to either book a massage session for your horse or hold an “Introduction to Equine Massage Workshop”, where you will learn about the benefits, techniques and be shown the how’s and how not’s! of massage-

Gales Photonic Therapy
Gales Photonic Therapy The McLaren Method of photonic Therapy is an effective, safe, painless scientifically advanced form of acupuncture, using red light to gently stimulate the horse’s own capacity to reduce pain, increase the immune response and promote healing tel: 01824 790603. e-mail

As said before they are too many therapies to talk about here, for a comprehensive list of therapies and practitioners please visit

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