Acupressure and TTouch: Safe tools you can use with a horse in crisis due to hot weather.
What can you do besides hosing down your horse and putting him in the shade if your horse is in distress due to the heat and you are waiting for the vet?
One option is to use acupressure to help dissipate the heat building up in your horses body. Our friend, flower essence therapist and ttouch instructor Kathleen Aspenns @ www.kathleenaspenns.com suggested to us using GV 14 and explained to us how to find it:
“To find Governing Vessel 14, find the bony prominence of the withers. The point is on the mane (on the dorsal midline) in a soft spot an inch or two in front (cranial) of the withers. This point is a useful calming point, and many horses enjoy having acupressure on this point. It is also an important point to help a horse with heatstroke or fever. To apply acupressure, simply hook your fingertips on this place over the withers. Keep your body relaxed and avoid holding your breath. In a minute or two your horse should show signs of relaxation such as lowering the head, blinking, chewing or breathing deeply.”
Here are additional links to some information and diagrams:
A second and complementary option is to do TTouch ear work. Like Kathleen, our web design guru Kim Kimberly Cox Carneal works closely with Linda Tellington-Jones. She wrote this excellent piece on ear work and how to use it a few years back.
While it focuses on colic, ear work is about stabilizing the horse and it can help with fever.