Poll

Accurate Relief?

Have you used acupuncture as a means of pain relief for your horse?

Yes, I use it regularly
21%
107
Yes, but only once or twice
24%
122
No, but I have thought about it
43%
217
No, I would never consider it
12%
61

Total votes cast: 507

Comments & Write-in Answers

did not see much results, but praticioner was new to it

3/5/2012 10:24:12 PM

you do not offer the option of no, it's not needed.

3/5/2012 8:35:40 PM

would like to know more.

3/5/2012 8:09:36 PM

Yes, Just once and if the vet was closer I'd still be using it on my horse!

3/5/2012 6:08:30 PM

I am an acupuncturist and use it daily

3/5/2012 4:46:25 PM

It actually cured some long term problems, impressive!

3/5/2012 3:28:15 PM

Have not needed it, but would definitely use it if my horse developed a pain issue

3/5/2012 3:00:50 PM

I saw it make a navicular horse sound! so I use it myself

3/5/2012 1:39:30 PM

not ofr my horse,I have for my rottweiler

3/5/2012 8:54:48 AM

We do eventing, after every trial I take my horse. Me too!

3/4/2012 8:11:32 PM

I'm a human doctor, but now believe in accupuncture based on my OTTB's reactions and improvement

3/3/2012 8:45:49 PM

I have been using it for ERU after cyclosporine implants failed.

3/2/2012 10:05:39 PM

I have my first appt next week!

3/2/2012 3:42:21 PM

Its wonderful

3/2/2012 2:47:11 PM

I used it on a foal who we believed suffered a stroke during birth. It helped stimulate her muscles.

3/2/2012 8:44:04 AM

Horse was recommened to be euthanized, tried it, now he is sound! Nerve injury in shoulder

3/2/2012 8:33:02 AM

Didn't do a thing when my horse had developed laminitis during a severe systemic infection

3/2/2012 7:32:42 AM

I would be very interested to see research to prove that acupressure is also effective.

3/2/2012 6:20:15 AM

Had acupuncture myself, last time qualified person put needle in wrong place, pain was diabolical.

3/2/2012 12:56:26 AM

I know others who have used it and it seemed to work well. I would use it if I could afford it!

3/1/2012 9:49:47 PM

I have used acupuncture more than. Several times but not regularly

3/1/2012 8:46:10 PM

Have not used it, but will definitely consider if and when the need arises.

3/1/2012 8:32:44 PM

Acupuncture is very effective for me (the human)

3/1/2012 7:05:36 PM

Never really considered it

3/1/2012 6:23:18 PM

On a horse that colics with high liver enzymes

3/1/2012 3:59:57 PM

Did a full course for back pain in 24 y.o. gelding - worked GREAT!

3/1/2012 1:04:02 PM

Knowing how well it worked for me, I would consider it for my horses if indicated

3/1/2012 9:21:22 AM

Fantastic results!

3/1/2012 8:56:02 AM

My OTTB's back musces went from rock hard to pliable in a single session of accupuncture.

3/1/2012 6:57:03 AM

I would use it more but very hard to find a vet that offers this and also very expensive

3/1/2012 6:00:26 AM

It provided more relief than anything else for kissing spines in elderly horse.

2/29/2012 10:38:07 PM

saved his life

2/29/2012 10:35:50 PM

Would use it often if I could afford to.

2/29/2012 10:21:34 PM

have used it to help ease muscle pain in my horse...seemed to help!

2/29/2012 10:13:43 PM

Used it on a mare with navicular pain, with great success, and more recently for back/hip issues.

2/29/2012 8:12:18 PM

Very effective with a good practitioner

2/29/2012 7:33:10 PM

Yes and chiropractic

2/29/2012 6:54:55 PM

I use chiropractic methods on my horse. It's made a huge difference!

2/29/2012 5:31:03 PM

Used treatments on a number of horses over the years.

2/29/2012 5:10:41 PM

Veterinary Chiropractor Acupunturist evaluates need. Also has laser acupunture available

2/29/2012 4:48:48 PM

I have used acupressure many times with fantastic results

2/29/2012 4:46:12 PM

I only wish there was a certified acupuncturist available in my area.

2/29/2012 3:45:40 PM

My horse loves it.

2/29/2012 2:52:53 PM

at the track

2/29/2012 1:35:46 PM

Have used acupuncture for the last 6 years. Totally changed my 24 year old warmblood quality of life

2/29/2012 12:45:53 PM

I have a dwarf that has arthritis.. he may benifit from it.

2/29/2012 11:01:03 AM

Thankfully

2/29/2012 9:13:00 AM

My pony was diagnosed as being neurological and unridable. Acupuncture has made him ridable.

2/29/2012 8:41:42 AM

for relief of anhydrosis

2/29/2012 8:19:16 AM

I would consider it if my horse had a condition that might benefit from it

2/29/2012 7:13:04 AM

Helped my top horse in his recovery after chipped ankle.

2/29/2012 1:15:04 AM

Chiropractic regulary for horse and myself. Acupuncture for myself but not my horse yet.

2/29/2012 1:03:32 AM

Have not used it as my horse has never had any need for it but might consider it if the need arose.

2/29/2012 12:11:14 AM

my horses get regular massage

2/28/2012 10:14:55 PM

it worked!

2/28/2012 9:33:22 PM

Tried it years ago for navicular; problem turned out to be sore tendons-not in hooves! didn't work

2/28/2012 9:32:22 PM

This works. There is no placebo effect in horses.

2/28/2012 9:03:54 PM

Fixed stiff neck and hindquarters; improved attitude but maybe not being uncomfortable did that

2/28/2012 8:54:16 PM

Acupuncture along with chiropractic works wonders on my horses!

2/28/2012 8:39:31 PM

also use acupressure points regularly

2/28/2012 8:11:19 PM

I have never thought about acupuncture as a way to treat horses, interesting idea if effective.

2/28/2012 7:19:20 PM

FOR ROARING. DIDN'T WORK. HORSE WAS SCOPED & DX W/ ARYTENOID CHONDRYTIS.

2/28/2012 7:14:52 PM

I don't know enough about it to make a good decision

2/28/2012 6:31:04 PM

I would like to say No, but would consider it...not clear on your options here

2/28/2012 6:01:05 PM

used it once and the next day our horse could not walk. was an experienced vet too.

2/28/2012 5:53:05 PM

I don't currently have a good acupuncturist but have used it in the past, combined with chiropractic

2/28/2012 4:31:12 PM

Acupuncture was very effective at relieving my horse's back pain.

2/28/2012 4:29:35 PM

It's not available where I live, even if I wanted to try it

2/28/2012 4:28:27 PM

Depends on practicioner. Symptom/response often not as beneficial as tradtional 5-elements approach

2/28/2012 4:24:05 PM

I prefer using acupressure instead because I can do it myself

2/28/2012 4:08:16 PM

never had a need to do it

2/28/2012 4:06:39 PM

I used it twice for back pain and it didn't help him.

2/28/2012 4:01:17 PM

no, the need has never been there

2/28/2012 3:36:58 PM

I'm not aware of any alternative medicine opportunities in my area.

2/28/2012 2:54:31 PM

I was skeptical at first, but it really does work.

2/28/2012 2:41:34 PM

I am very lucky to have a fantastic accupuncture Vet in my area. She has saved many of my OTTB's.

2/28/2012 1:36:02 PM

watched a vet do a work-up on a horse once-- made a believer out of me

2/28/2012 12:48:52 PM

I found it helpful.

2/28/2012 10:46:04 AM

I can't find one that works on horses. I have used it for my dogs with good success.

2/28/2012 10:24:51 AM

I haven't really needed it, but would consider it if the need arises.

2/28/2012 9:05:50 AM

Used it, but honestly, how can you tell if it's working? He seemed the same with or without.

2/28/2012 8:59:32 AM

Have used it for past 15 yrs on different horses with different problems/ good results

2/28/2012 8:46:49 AM