A horse’s fluid body movement is completely dependent on the health of his joints. It follows that the health of the joints is dependent on a harmonious flow chi (life-promoting energy) surrounding and through these joints. Unfortunately, the free flow of chi through the horse’s joints can be easily obstructed by something as simple as cold weather, which constricts and slows the flow of chi, or as chronic and painful as arthritis.
Even when there’s no trauma to the joint or an aging issue, chi flow tends to be slowed or stuck above and below joints. Offering your horse a brief acupressure session before exercise would be both kind and beneficial to enhance his comfort level.
The acupressure points, also called acupoints, selected for the chart below, can increase the horse’s flexibility by bringing nourishing chi, blood and synovial fluids to the movable joints such as the shoulder, hip, stifle, and hock joints.
These acupoints further support the health of cartilaginous joints including the horse’s vertebrae and pelvis, plus, the fibrous joints in the sutures of his skull.
This article first appeared in Horsemanship Magazine UK – holistic equine specialists.