Montana clinician Curt Pate's cavalry-style alternative balances horse and rider so that both gain confidence.
In "The Acupuncture Alternative" in the August Western Horseman, freelancer Audrey Pavia discussed acupuncture from both the Eastern and the Western points of view, and gave one horse owner's firsthand account of her experiences with the alternative treatment. Here, Pavia includes some things to consider in determining if acupuncture might be a right for your horse. She also provides guidelines for finding a qualified acupuncturist.
"Hock Havoc" in our April 2007 print issue addressed the use of hock injections and other treatments for managing an equine athlete's lower hock-joint health, including osteoarthritic conditions. In addition to shoeing, turnout and training-routine changes, surgical fusion and supplementation can be factors in maintaining hock health and minimizing potential performance problems, as can injections of hyaluronic acid and polysulfated glycosaminoglycans.