When: September 6,2014 @8am
Where: Westworld Arena 5 &5a
Judge: Doug Huls
Okay, if you ask any horse owner about their veterinarian you will probably hear “Oh I love my vet He/She’s the best!” It’s Kinda funny everybody’s vet is the best in the world, and it may be true since we develop strong bonds with them and we rely on their talents to care for our horses.
So, with that said… I love my Vet! Why, because he takes the time to explain what needs to be done. That’s very important for a person who has limited knowledge about horses. See, Briar is the rider and really understands her horses. It’s like driving your car, once you have driven that car for a period of time you start feeling the little changes and just know when something is off. For me, I rely on Briar to let me know if she thinks something is off. Of course, the obvious things I can recognize and the routine care I’m all over.
However, it wasn’t always that way. Before I found my vet, I used several different veterinarians. They where the barn vets, the cheap vets, and on occasion the on call vets. Now, each and every one of the veterinarians I used were great and I appreciate all they did, but they came and went with little connection to me or my horse. This was my choice and the lack of connection was because I just looked for convenient, rather than stability.
That all changed when Bingo got sick and had strangles. It was then I realized I wanted someone to know my horse and his history. So, I stuck with one vet and I’m happy I did.
So what makes my vet Awesome?
• He’s patient with my horses and kind.
• He takes his time diagnosing and thinking about what could be wrong.
• He’s reasonable in price and gives alternative solutions
• He explains things and makes sure I understand.
These characteristics make for a wonderful Veterinarian. Now, when he comes out for shots or routine veterinarian care I hear how well my horse is doing or not doing. I feel as if I can believe him and I know he understands my horses history and that makes for better care. Plus, we have developed a rapport and he knows my situation financially, he works with me and that’s a great thing.
Now tell me why you love your vet!
Okay I love my Veterinarian, I trust his diagnosis and when he suggest something, I do it. However, when I’m sick I use both traditional and alternative medicine to get better. I believe that we need to find the cause or root problem of the sickness to truly get better versus just treating the symptoms and hoping we can manage the illness. So, I was a bit surprised to find out that there is so many views on using alternative therapies with horses. Some people swear that they work, others think it’s a bunch of hogwash. I believe when animals are sick we must take in the whole body, mind, and spirit of the horse, to treat the underlying cause of the problem that is manifesting in the body, and help promote healing.
I was amazed at how many alternative options are out there for horses. I have used a few and I’m interested in others. So, here is a list of therapies and a description of their purpose. I would love to find out how many of these you have used and your thoughts on how well they worked for your medical situation. ( The list provided below by Kelvin Brown Article Alternative Horse Therapy)
Acupuncture uses tiny needles inserted into meridians, or certain parts of the horse’s body, to maintain the horses balance, as well as promote good overall health. The examination and treatment requires close observation of the horse to identify the points of the body that need the treatment.
Chiropractic treatments manipulated the body to improve the flexibility of the horses spine, and joints. Horse chiropractic therapy is similar to human chiropractic therapy and can increase the performance of a horse by moving joints into place to assist with overall performance.
Bodywork or massage therapy is used to treats soreness in the horse’s muscles. Unlike chiropractic therapy; bodywork concentrates on the horses muscles, rather than joints. This therapy is used to promote efficient movement by taking away the soreness in the horse’s muscles.
Using naturally occurring substances diluted down to minute particles are the basics of homeopathy medicine. This therapy is used for treating diseases in a horse’s body. Homeopathy is an ancient Chinese form of medicine, which has been used successfully with horses and humans alike to treat a large range of diseases, and illnesses. Homeopathy is usually used along with other alternative therapies, such as chiropractic, bodywork, and acupuncture.
Aromatherapy uses fragrances that uses smells to sooth the mood of a horse, assist in healing, and promote a sense of wellness. Aromatherapy is often used alongside herbs in a horse’s diet, to reduce irritation of the digestive tract, for better overall health, and well being.
Other Physical Therapies
There are many physical therapies being introduced to treat pain in horse’s tissues, and bones. Some of these therapies are known as magnetic therapy, laser therapies, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound, and are often used by veterinarians.
In most cases, the horse body can heal itself without medicines, synthetic, or alternative. But when natural therapies are used, they provide quicker healing times, and a feeling of overall well being, which will put the horses body into the healing mode faster, and possibly reduce healing times considerably.
I have used Chiropractic and Bodywork therapies on my horse. With both I was pleased by the outcome of the therapies. I noticed a huge difference in movement and my horse appeared to be relaxed for months after treatment. Have you had the same results? Are there other treatments you have used not listed? Please share your experiences.