I love my western medicine vet. She has been really good to both me and my horse over the year that I have owned him. But I also think there is something to be said for eastern medicine as well.
My barn manager has taken classes with a local, well-known vet on energy healing (Qigong) and has had nothing but good things to say about him. He was making a visit to the barn this week for a couple of other horses, so I asked for him to see Fella as well. I have had concerns over his vision and a possible hip/stifle issue and wanted to see what this vet's evaluation was.
He examined Fella first by feeling his energy. He scanned him with his hands, about an inch over his entire body. In his scanning he mentioned several things, sand in his belly (which is always a concern in our area), he has interferences in his eye (floaters, possibly cataract beginnings), his neck was out causing imbalance and short stridedness, and little fluid in his right stifle joint. Of course he did pull out his optical equipment to "see" the floaters and recommended bilberry added to his feed to help break them up. I had just gotten a supplement for the stifle issue which he checked over and said it seemed to be a good purchase. He "reset" his neck with a chiropractic activator. He said that a lot of pain issues were memories that needed to be reset within the brain and the activator was doing that. He also did some accupressure to test for EPM which he says he definitely does not have (was a concern). He promised me that the next time I rode Fella he would have lost his choppy stride and would be more balanced.
Well, that was Wednesday...I rode him today for the first time since and he was like a different horse. I asked my trainer/BM to ride him to see what her opinion was and she could definitely feel the improvement too. He looked a lot more comfortable, and he was definitely freer in his movement!
Oh, and after he did the horses, he did the owners too! What a wierd feeling to have him scan me and pick out things that have been bothering me for years! He got rid of some back pain I have been having too!