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Complementary Therapies

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Complementary therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, and herbal medicine often generate controversy. Is there any real evidence that these therapies can help horses? What training do practitioners offering these modalities have?

About the Experts

Ed Boldt, Jr., DVM

Ed Boldt, DVM, is the owner of Performance Horse Complementary Medicine Services in Fort Collins, Colo.

Benjamin Espy, DVM, Dipl. ACT

Benjamin Espy, DVM, Dipl. ACT (boarded in equine reproduction), has practiced veterinary medicine in Texas and Kentucky. He has been licensed to practice acupuncture for nine years and is on numerous AAEP committees and task forces. Espy serves on the alternative therapy committee for the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and he's an animal treatment consultant for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.