So Henny has a few residual quirks from his accident in November. His top lip is pulled to the right a tad, his left eye looks down a little, and he tilts his head to the left. Nothing can be done for his lip or eye but it's very obvious that there is a lot of tension in the tendons running from the left side of his pole down into his shoulder.
We're trying acupuncture to help relieve the tension but it's been said he may never carry his head normally again. That's fine with me. At this point I'm getting him as comfortable as possible as it cannot be fun to have a constant neck ache that severe.
There was a noticeable difference after just one session. This is his second session 5 weeks later. We'll be going in for another session in 4 weeks. :) Henny stood very well for the acupuncture and is always a favorite at the clinic when we visit. And side note, thanks to our sending exercises, Henny is now loading in the trailer with a simple point of the finger and a kiss! And now onto picturessss.
Here the Dr. is checking for sore points throughout his body to give her an indication of where she should put the needles. Look how tall he's getting! 12.2 hh at the withers :)
Placing the first few needles
All the needles in his butt arrow :) The one in the middle is placed where it "pleases his kidney." He is an earth personality meaning he is very friendly and always looking to please. Pleasing his kidney helps him feel better.
See the needle up top where his neck meets his shoulder blade? That has always been his worst point. Both times his muscles contracted so much they bent the needle. There was a needle in the same place on the right side and that one was bent as well.
A million needles in his neck!
Here we are getting hooked up to the electricity. The electric current prolongs the affects of the acupuncture to up to almost two weeks. You can see how relaxed he is in this picture. I offered my arm as a rest and he gladly took it to rest his heavy head on. <3
Now this part was really neat. I refer to this as an "Acu-pen." It basically focuses an electric current to one point like the needles do. It's used where horses don't want you placing needles like their legs and head.
Dr. checking the electric current on herself before using it on Henny.
I really wish the video was rolling at this point as it was hilarious. Behind his left ear is one of his most tense areas and he won't let the doc put a needle there as it hurts too much. So we used the pen and, oh my god, his ear started twitching uncontrollably! Everyone in the clinic was laughing so hard. It's actually a calming point, so Henny was just chilling there all relaxed while we were dying.
Another point at the fringe of his forelock. He loved both of these points and we nearly falling asleep.
She did multiple points on all his legs. Excuse his dirty feet. It's been muddy in his paddock.
Continued in next post!