Diana Thompson Hands On Horse Care

Acupressure and Moxa Help Mare with Neck Injury;
Students Comment on the 2016 Level One Class;
2017 Level One Dates; a Wild Cat Moves In

I wish all the best to you and your human and animal family members in the New Year.  Whew! Time Flies!

This newsletter describes how acupressure and moxa are helping a mare with a chronic neck injury. Acupressure started the process of softening the mare’s rigid muscles and emotionally defensive posture. Then, the Chinese herb moxa, with its deep warming influence, increased blood flow to the area and improved movement. Horses benefit so much from moxa and it’s easy to use. This case history gives you a real-horse example of that influence and a lesson in how to use moxa over an acupressure point.

I was delighted with the students' success in my newly revised Equine Acupressure Level One class, which was held at my farm in October. Students write about their experiences in class and share how they’re helping horses with their new skills.

The 2017 Level One class will be held May 13, 14 & 15 and May 19, 20 & 21.  Click here to see the 2017 Level One Class flier.

The other news comes from the fields of my farm. I’ve included photos of a previously wild cat named Bunny snuggling on my lap. The once fearful, hissing fellow now gives me his trust and affection.

Take care,
Diana Thompson

Acupressure and Moxa help Mare with Neck Injury

Gina Pardini and her mare DollyExperienced horse woman Gina Pardini of Boonville, California, brought her 14-year-old quarter horse Dolly to my Acupressure Level One course in October, 2016. Gina described her mare as tense and “somewhat standoffish.” She assured me, however, that Dolly was kind and well-trained and that she would be safe for students to touch during class.  

As it turned out, Dolly enjoyed most of the points the students touched, breathing deeply and resting a hind leg in response. The posture of her upper neck and head, however, remained stiff. She insisted on facing forward, rarely turning her head or eyes left or right to look at her handlers. Her rigid posture reminded me of a person with a neck injury who wears a cervical collar around their neck to keep it still. Gina explained that Dolly was injured eight years ago when the barn blew down around her during a violent storm. Gina explained:  “Dolly can be very guarded and tense around the poll area at the top of her neck. I knew this wasn’t right and I’d been looking for a solution for quite a while.”

Click here to read how acupressure and moxa changed Dolly’s behavior and movement.

Click here to learn more about the Chinese herb called moxa.

2016 Level One class
Diana and her students from the 2016 Level One Class (photo courtesy Elyse Lord)

New Acupressure Level One Class Format Leads to Student Success

In order to take the October 2016 Level One Class, students had to qualify by completing reading and quiz assignments. I was looking for students who were capable of learning acupressure theory and methods for horses through hands-on practice, class lectures, reading, and other homework assignments. The students who attended the course were an enthusiastic group who had passed the required quizzes with top scores. Their horse experience varied from near beginners to those with 30 or more years of horse ownership. Their acupressure experience ranged from those without any previous experience to those with advanced education in animal acupressure and human acupuncture.

During 6 day class the students received instruction in Traditional Chinese Medicine and learned how to accurately find many important acupressure points. And I’m happy to report that during our daily practice sessions, they all became confident in applying acupressure to horses in order to stimulate health-supporting flows of qi. Hooray!! There are many horses in the world just waiting for the benefits of acupressure. My goal is to help as many horse owners and professionals as possible learn the methods.

Click Here to read comments from students in the 2016 Level One Course

Click Here for the May 2017 Equine Acupressure Level One Course flier

Bunny and DianaMeet Bunny – the previously wild cat

From time to time we see feral cats roaming the fields of our farm and those around us. One such cat was a mostly white fellow who bolted at high speed whenever our paths crossed. On a late August day 2 ½ years ago, however, he ran a short distance down a hill before hiding, then peering out to look at me, only his ears and eyes showing. I said hello, and since I’d seen him scavenging around our compost area, I told him I would go get some food and put it there. Sure enough, when I came out of the house with a bowl of cat food, he’d moved down the slope and was waiting, still mostly hidden, about 15 yards from the designated spot.

Click here to read more about Bunny and see photos of him in Diana’s lap


Diana Thompson • Hands On Horse Care ®
2290 Woolsey Road • Fulton, CA 95439
Phone (707) 542-4646 • Fax (707) 542-4644
email: info@dianathompson.com