There are a number of different theories formed around effective horse healthcare management. With coming time and advances, several studies around sports therapy, nutrition, health care and altered ideas on enhancing and making animal lives healthier are getting out.

One of the highly preferred health care plans for better equine life includes the usage of complementary therapies, combined with conventional veterinary medicine. Whichever care option one chooses to follow, the primary goal should remain the same. That is to build a healthier approach towards your horse health care. After all, it is all about the better management of your animal's entire health aspects, considering their diet, exercise, living, and nature.

Below we have listed out widely favoured horse care alternative therapies, and ways in which they can be used:


Another form of manual therapy, chiropractic implicates spinal manipulation of the bones. A joint may suffer poor health if it remains immobile for any length of time. This therapy helps in reviving the standard range of motion in the joints. American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) studied the therapy as a medical act to be attempted only by a licensed veterinarian or a chiropractic doctor referred by a vet.


Animal chiropractor     MPR Photo/Nikki Tundel. Source:  MPRNews

Animal chiropractor MPR Photo/Nikki Tundel. Source: MPRNews


In this therapy, therapists insert small needles into specific points on the body for stimulation. It is a medical practice driven from traditional Chinese Medicine. They acupuncture the body points located along the body’s energy conduits or meridians drawn out by the body’s core disease. In western medicine, the concept engages acupuncture points and the anatomic location of nerve endings together to free the body from toxic chemicals and excessive hormones

Picture of Horse Acupuncture. Source:  Hoof & Horn

Picture of Horse Acupuncture. Source: Hoof & Horn


Massage therapy helps in influencing the soft tissues of the body such as tendons, muscle, ligaments, connective tissue, and skin by applying controlled forces of movement and pressure. Due to excess stress or restrictions in the connective tissues, body muscles can become sore and rigid. Sore muscles and chronic stress can lead to a limited muscle blood supply as it bounds its access to nutrients, oxygen and fresh tissue fluids. Massage therapy can relieve the tension and also support complete mental and physical moderation. However, it is important to keep in mind the horse’s needs or medical conditions before appointing a massage therapist.

Complementary Therapies Are Used:

  • As A Method of Diagnosis: Veterinarians, who are wise in acupuncture or chiropractic, refer these treatments as an additional tool for diagnosis when examining a horse. Acupuncture can be effectively utilised to flag out the points on the body to which the animal feel most sensitive and reactive, so as to suggest areas for additional checkups. Nevertheless, depending alone at it for concluding health results cannot be justified. Especially, in the case of an inexperienced vet.
  • Subheads of An Effective Treatment Plan: Including therapies like massage, acupuncture and chiropractic into regular care can provide ease in addressing general health issues due to lameness. It is important to take advice from your vet, before involving the usage of complementary therapies for your horse care.
  • For Better Prevention: It is not required to use these therapies only for treating medical conditions as these can also be employed to maintain overall health care of your horse.

To look after your horse's health, you can make efficient use of listed balancing therapies under the guidance of your vet. Make sure to keep your vet informed, before you decide to hire any therapist service for your horse. They can let you know all the possible beneficial and risk factors that involve the chosen complementary therapies for your horse's well-being.

Your horse is a living being too, which means you cannot overlook emotional aspects of your beloved animal. Taking care of essentials like food, living, grooming, regular vaccinating, hoof care and shoeing, leg care and bandaging, etc. on a consistent basis can positively impact their overall mental as well as physical health.

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