Readers Take on Alternative Therapies

More than 770 readers of responded to a poll asking, "Would you like to have more information on therapeutic options on"

results of poll on alternative therapies

Results were as follows: 
  • Yes, on a variety of topics 56.35% (439)
  • Yes, on acupuncture and chiropractic 25.42% (198)
  • Yes, on chiropractic 7.96% (62)
  • No, I don't use therapeutic options 7.96% (62)
  • Yes, on acupuncture 2.31% (18)

Readers shared what they would like to see on in the comments below.

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  • especially massage and chiropractic
  • on all of them Please
  • YES to all!!!!
  • Homeopathy also
  • including types of massage and therapies focusing on the musculature
  • I'm a fan of magnets.
  • I am a veterinary Professor in Buenos Aires- Argentina and I’m interested in equine nutrition
  • what are "therapeutic options"? why is it only acupuncture & chiropractic?
  • Variety should include holistic med. tools.
  • sports massage please
  • I have a 20 yo Paint w/OA of the hock. I'd be interested in new things that may help.
  • equine massage and raike, too
  • It would be nice to have info on other form of horse care.
  • I have used both acupuncture and chiropractic with good results & would like more info
  • Therapeutic does not necessarily mean alternative!
  • We've always used massage and other therapys can work wonders!
  • I have seen acupuncture work on my other animals, and me and my family use chiropractic care.
  • I am very interested in accupuncture and accupressure.
  • acupunture & chiropractic are readliy available in my area
  • I have seen both have positive results in horses - as well as with people.
  • Alternative topics as well, natural ones
  • I started my own chiropractric treatment a month ago & feel a big difference!
  • ONLY is supported by RESEARCH
  • Acupuncture, massage, herbals--YES PLEASE!
  • absolutely! Acetylglucosamine is a lot less expensive than adequan-works just as well
  • We have used both these options on horses with great results
  • we use both tho don't really know how much good it does
  • spread the word on removing sarcoids with acupuncture! It works!
  • Yes, I find alternative therapies to be a very important part of actually HEALING a horse.
  • case studies of what works / what doesn't would be nice
  • Chiropratic and accupunture have helped my horse, my dogs and myself. You hear a big sigh from yoc
  • I have had good luck with acupunture and would welcome more info on alternate theraputic options
  • Acupuncture, chiro, and massage
  • 'Only vet-approved articles' can lead to short-sightedness.Massage often maligned/ovrlkd as therapy
  • I haven't really heard much about this kind of stuff...and I'm always ready to learn something new!
  • I've been using chiropractic for 14 years, can't imagine life without it.
  • Cold Lazer Therapy too
  • I I have used both with success but would appreciate data from scientific studies.
  • Horse owners should be able to have options other than western medicine.
  • Reliable information is always appreciated
  • Homeopathic remedies worked 100 years ago, I have the old books to look problems up in when needed.
  • I have used both options with some success; more serious cases show no real results
  • Functional electrical stimulation and myo-fascial release and barefoot hoof care
  • I use many modalities to keep my horse healthy (myself, too)
  • healing/health should be looked at holistically
  • what about massage
  • I already use Reiki, Shamanic healing and aromatherapy on my horses.
  • All such shelp is appreciated
  • Been using A.T.'s over 10 years & laughed at by some
  • really like to know if chiropractic works for sure on horses
  • am certianly open to learn, never know when a horse chiro will be needed
  • Yes, on a variety of methods. Bring 'em!
  • I don't know anything about therapeutic options??
  • Massage too
  • with assessment of efficacy included in the article
  • acupuncture, chiropractic, massage
  • massage therapy
  • I think you cover this topic well now.
  • I have found therapeutic methods to be an excellent complement with traditional medicine in my horse
  • No. Maybe some stretches & basic massage I can do myself. Prevention before treatment.
  • sports massage therapy
  • used massage and chiro on my horse - good stuff!
  • I use chiropractic and acupuncture, but would like to learn about other options available.
  • I don't think you can ignore the positive results that have been recorded in veterinary practice.
  • Chiropractor got my back comfortable.If my horse needs it, she'll get it.
  • Chiro helped my pony so much! from unridable to perfect!
  • My horse fell on the ice a few years back and her hip bothers her occasionally.
  • I think it would be great being I don't know enough about it all..............
  • Any and all information on new forms of helping our horses is great!
  • And how about equine massage. I'd like to learn more.
  • Any information that will keep my Clydesdales healthy is helpful to me.
  • & massage
  • too expensive

About the Author

Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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