Emergency Acupressure Points for Horses
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This color laminated chart provides medical information and acupressure points so horse owners can support the horse in illness and in medical emergencies. The chart was printed on thick card stock paper and laminated to make it waterproof. This design makes it ideal to keep in the barn, tack trunk or horse trailer.
Note: The acupressure points on this chart are not a substitute for medical care. If your horse shows any sign of illness call your veterinarian immediately and follow her advice. Apply acupressure to support your horse while medical help is on the way and after he has received medical care.
Chart Format: When unfolded, this beautiful full color chart is 25 ¼ inches long by 11 inches wide. It is printed on both sides, laminated and folded to give you six 8 ½ by 11 inch pages of information. You can view it one, two or three pages at a time. The six pages include:
Chart One: Four large color photos show the locations of the acupressure points used to help the horse with cardiac and respiratory arrest, injury and heat stroke. The points can be used to try and revive the horse who is unconscious and to prevent the horse who is injured or ill from going into shock and losing consciousness.
Chart Two: Three large color photos and an anatomical drawing show the locations of the acupressure points used to help the horse with colic. These points can also be used to support good digestion in the horse and try to prevent colic.
Chart Three: Three large color photos and one anatomical drawing show the locations of the acupressure points used to help the horse with a respiratory infection with or without a fever, cough and mucous (phlegm). Most of these points are also used to support the lungs, respiratory system and immune system in order to prevent illness.
Text Page One is the title page. It provides cautions for using acupressure in emergency situations, the table of contents and a large color photo of Diana doing acupressure on Pericardium 6 and Pericardium 9. These two points have a strong calming influence on the horse and help in times of illness.
Text Page Two is a chart of the vital signs of the horse. It lists the heart rate, respiratory rate, gut sounds, gum color, capillary refill time, rectal temperature and other signs of the horse in health, in minor distress and the horse in emergency illness situations.
Text Page Three gives you a step-by-step lesson in how to do acupressure. It provides tips for working on the horse in emergency situations. It has a large color photo of Diana doing acupressure on Gall Bladder 21. This point calms the horse and relaxes the muscles of the neck and shoulders.
Horse owner uses Diana's Laminated Chart to help a colicking horse while the veterinarian was on the way
“As a recently certified equine acupressure practitioner, I have found Diana Thompson’s book, Acupressure Point Charts for Horses and her laminated chart Emergency Acupressure Points for Horses to be invaluable tools for the horse owner and equine body worker.
On a recent evening, I discovered that my horse was experiencing extreme discomfort and was pawing, biting at his side, and lying down and getting back up quickly; typical symptoms of colic. What was different this time was the visible contracting of his abdominal muscles. I realized these symptoms were characteristic of spasmodic colic. Since I had not experienced this particular form of colic in all the years I’ve owned horses, I was unsure of the severity and the progression.
I nervously called my vet and knowing it would take about 45 minutes for him to arrive, got out Diana’s Emergency Acupressure Points for Horses laminated chart, which I keep in my barn. I was anxious in this emergency situation, but I commenced to perform an acupressure session on him, using the chart as a guide. Having this tool gave me the confidence and focus I needed to effectively help my horse.
Amazingly, by the time I got to his right side, he had visibly begun to relax. He finally took a deep breath, (at which time, I did too!), his abdominal muscles stopped seizing, and he dropped his head, yawned, and licked his lips. I took his vitals after finishing the session and found that his heart rate, respiration, and temperature were all within the normal range. By the time my vet arrived, my horse was calm, eating, and was back to normal. I was thrilled and relieved and my vet was impressed.
I believe everyone should have Diana’s charts in their barn for exactly this type of an event. When we’re presented with an emergency situation, having those tools at our fingertips can save invaluable time and give us the calm and confident approach we need to effectively help our horses.”
Susan Holmes, CEAP