Well Being Centre
Welcome to Equilibrium's Well-Being Centre
Having your own horse is not only a great experience, but a privilege. At Equilibrium we are dedicated to improving equine welfare by providing effective solutions to help owners like you give your horse the best care. This not only means developing exceptional products, but also giving you easy access to a wealth of information. By developing the Well-Being Centre we hope to build a library about horse care, horse ailments, alternative treatments and equine behaviour. We have gathered information from a wide range of reputable sources including, vets, therapists and specialist publications. We hope the Well-being centre will evolve into a great resource for our customers. If you can't find what you are looking for, please contact us and we will do our best to help.
How acupuncture can benefit your horse?
Acupuncture can be used as a complementary veterinary treatment for horses, and other animals, amongst other things it can provide pain relief and generally improve a horses' well-being. Treatment involves stimulation of specific points of the body using very fine, solid needles. It causes inhibition of pain pathways and stimulates the release of pain relieving chemicals in the brain and spinal cord. Acupuncture is an act of veterinary surgery and so can only be performed by a vet.
This stimulation can generate many responses within an individual. It can affect muscle, the circulatory, digestive, reproductive and urinary systems, as well as anti-body and hormone production.
Conditions which can respond to acupuncture include: back pain, both acute and chronic; lameness - tendonitis, sesamoiditis, laminitis and navicular disease; COPD; chronic gastrointestinal disease (unresolved diarrhoea or constipation); post viral fatigue; paralysis or muscle spasm; behavioural problems and infertility.
A course of treatment usually consists of weekly treatments for a minimum of four weeks then gradually extending the time between treatments to a maintenance level which is different for each individual.
At Chess Valley Equine we use a Western Scientific approach to acupuncture treatments and find that where it is used, either alone or in combination with other therapies, our results are very good. Unfortunately there are a small number of individuals and conditions that will not respond to acupuncture. Please visit our website www.chessvalleyequine.com for all the services we can offer.
Head shaking - common myths exposed.
Do you think your horse is head-shaker? There are over 60 known causes of head shaking, including ear, eye and respiratory problems and a great deal of speculation about other reasons. One of the most frustrating things about head shaking is that no two horses are alike. Learn more about Head-shaking and how you can help a horse that suffers