Entering more and more into established scientific knowledge is Traditional Chinese Medicine, which includes acupuncture. This forms a perfect polarity to our modern Western Medicine, and also to Homeopathy. The difference lies in their historical origins. In China over centuries and centuries there was a taboo against cutting up or dissecting dead bodies, and examining them. But this was how modern Western Medicine began in the middle 19th century. The Chinese had only the opportunity to explore the living bodies, and developed the concepts of the Life-force or chi to explain their clairvoyant and clairsentient perceptions.
Someone, long ago , like 5000 years ago supposedly the Yellow Emperor brought into existence a tract called the Nei Ching. This book laid out in detail the bulk of the knowledge and understanding of the intricacies of the human life-forces and their interaction with the Heavens, with the Earth and with other sentient beings, such as horses.
The human structure consisted of twelve main channels or energy axes along which the growth and development would occur beginning from the in utero period at conception.
Along these channels were energy points which were opening and closing like flowers.
The horse structure is much the same, the energies coalescing and forming the physical structure which we first see at birth. The difference between human and horse is that humans have uprightness or upright energies . In humans this gives a Heavens to Earth ability, but in horses the principal energy remains parallel to earth with a small connection to the Heavens through the Third eye area where a unicorns horn would be positioned
‘In the horse the earth has been pushed up into four legs and a big heart put into it’.
This Heart gives the horse Spirit, and from it comes the sensation of ‘flying’ , through the power it receives through its hoofs from the Earth.
Acupuncture has its early origins in acupressure, where one touches and feels places on the body and notes their response. One learns to think laterally when you find that a point on the foot is the best for swelling and pain of teeth.. They are at opposite ends of the body and could hardly be further away. There is no logical, linear explanation to this. The Chinese view begins with the Whole, the Tao, and divides into the parts whereas the Western view takes the parts and puts them together to make the Whole.
Also it seems like magic when you first see a needle inserted through the skin and there is no bleeding. We have come to think of the body as solid yet now it is full of holes where needles can go. Our view has to change. This needling technique is a skill in itself and there are other skills which one has to develop, apart from the knowledge of the functions of each point and the Chinese diagnostic system.. Some people have these skills naturally and some people have to develop them.

  • These skills include
    ability to feel or sense the life-force in the auric field
    ability to feel/sense a point and its qualities, given its location.
    ability to sense the internal movement of the life-force or chi
    ability to sense temperatures.
    ability to sense when healing has taken place.
    ability to sense when healing is complete, and how long it will be before health is restored.
    ability to sense complexions.
    knowing what may be treated with acupuncture and what is better treated with something else.
    ability to needle effectively without causing pain or using anaesthetics
    ability to attune to horses, recognise their subtle movements and signals, and respond to these
    Ability to feel or sense the life-force in the auric field

  • As you enter closer and closer to the horse you will notice and feel different responses at different distances and different locations, especially if you rush or try to go near the poll or ears. These responses you will learn to ‘read’ , and vary from one horse to the next, from one day to the next.

Ability to feel/sense a point and its qualities, given its location.
When first learning you will need to rely on anatomical point locations provided by textbooks.. It took me one year of full time practice before I could actually ‘feel’ where the points were. Now I can say " I see them through my fingers. My fingers have eyes and they see the flowers or energy vortices. They are very beautiful.
Ability to sense the internal movement of the life-force or chi
The chi or energy flow of each horse is very different. Some flow slowly, some flow quickly. On needling, some chi flows change slowly and some change quickly. Some may change so quickly it elicits a muscle spasm as the chi rushes through the muscles.
This sense is akin to feeling changes in the breeze on the skin. There is a phenomena called "da Qi’ or ‘getting chi’ which one feels for to occur after the needle is inserted. The stronger this chi grabs the needle the stronger the horses constitution is, and the faster it will heal. This is a method I use to determine inherited and constitutional strengths and weaknesses. This is very important if one wants to determine if offspring have the qualities you wanted to be bred into them
Ability to sense temperatures.
When I was learning I could not feel with my fingers hot or cold. I dreamed I swallowed a thermometer and then I could notice the hot and cold, and still can to this day.. Feeling heat in the shins or tendons could forewarn you of coming injuries unless the training schedule is changed.

Ability to sense when healing has taken place.
Just putting needles in anywhere is not necessarily going to do it. There is an art and science to it. . Injecting vitamin B12 may make the horse feel better but it is not acupuncture. There is a certain feeling that comes when a successful treatment is taking place. You will feel better. You may see colours. The horse’s breathing will get easier, and she may get sleepy. A shiver may pass through them as a shock releases. The horse will stand on leg it previously had stood off. The ears and eyes will relax. Wind may pass, and sighing occur.
Ability to sense when healing is complete, and how long it will be before health is restored.
When the healing is complete the horse will come out of its trance, acknowledge you and give indications it wants to be on its way such as looking for food. Without this sense one has to "watch the clock’ normally about twenty minutes.
Ability to sense complexions.
This is important in Chinese diagnostics. Though there are not too many colours that a horse can have the variations can be a good indication. I noticed one horse had a very dark complexion with dark all through the aura. I suggested this indicated a worm infestation, and sure enough tests showed levels of a very rare worm were way beyond normal. Often dark areas in the aura are an indication of pain. Also the coat thick at the wrong time of year indicates fatigue of Kidneys.
Knowing what may be treated with acupuncture and what is better treated with something else.
Stifle joint problems respond really well as does sciatica, sacroiliac pain, tail correction and spinal curvature, to name a few.. Acupuncture will not work i f horse has recently had cortisone containing drugs.
Ability to attune to horses, recognise their subtle movements and signals, and respond to these
Some horses like acupuncture, and just like with people, there are some who hate it. These may do better with a twitch, or in some cases put in a crush, or given a sedative by a vet.

One very useful application of acupuncture is to easily fill out muscle especially after wasting diseases, or to clear up old scar tissue.
from my most famous cases
1. The horse, a thoroughbred stood and stared all day at the passing traffic as if transfixed. The owners said it was a killer. Any animals that came near it , other horses , chooks , dogs even people, it tried to kill. Somehow I managed to get some needles around the ears and neck. The owners said that after several days a cheese-like substance came out of its ears and then the horse became like the horse they always wanted and knew she was, a gentle affectionate kind creature. The cheese-like substance had been from a brain sarcoma. I recommended that whenever it rained to give the horse some elder flowers to keep the sinuses clear so oxygen could get up into the brain.
2. Young horse pre-racing presented with Wobbler syndrome, could hardly coordinate back and front legs to walk. Over a period of 5 months once a month I used very long needles on it. My thought was that the horse was not likely ever to race and the owner said he would eat his hat if it ever won. At 10 years of age it had won over $100,000 in race money and the owner had to eat his hat quite a few times. Good result
The author Allan Moffatt has a degree in Science and a degree in Acupuncture and teaches equine acupressure courses at different times . He may be contacted via his website
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Earth and Horses

Recently I had written about horses, how the earth comes up, then given the Form of the horse, then this is endowed with a big heart, and a spirit.On the other side we can say:The Earth-spirit contains a horse (say Pegasus) that has sunk down into the Earth, taking with it, its heart, passion and spirit.
The acupuncture points of the horse are points of movement of life-force and life-blood. These then have a reflection in the sacred places and dreaming grounds of Earth.
The horse is considered to have three brains; one in the head, one in the shoulders, one in the hind quarters. (These are the product of the Triple Heaters energy in the Chinese medicine system). When this transfers onto Earth we have the TRINITY levels of Earth’s etheric body, which is nourished by the three angelic levels; solar, galactic and universal.This will apply to all animals.
So the Earth contains a reflection of every animal, almost as an element in itself. These you might call archetypes. So all animal spirits are contained within the Earth.This is reflected in that the soil, is nourished by the dung of animals. In the dung is the essence of the animal, as dung contains the animal’s chemical secretions, used as an aid in transmuting food to become part of itself, say its flesh.
Likewise the angel secretions, in the human body, are transmuting earth food into angel food for nourishing of the angel body. This is in order to consolidate the angel body for the incarnation.The Angel secretions in their ‘fingers of God or Yod’ form are for nurturing the Angel Body of the Earth.
For Heaven to be on Earth, both Heaven has to come to Earth, and Earth has to be raised up to Heaven. Earth must become an angel!!!This gives, for the general person, a very different attitude to what Earth is.
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Allan Moffatt has been an equine acupuncturist for 20 years. He grew up, and lived in the city where he had no contact with horses until he was in his thirties. He talks about the emotions of horses, the sensitivity of horses, and their spirit.
Horses often feel grief yet rarely do you see them cry. The grief becomes expressed in other ways such as weeping ulcers, abscesses and lung problems. When they are moved to a new place they will often fret, which is expressed, by manic pacing to and fro day and night, aggression and whinnying. They miss their friends and fear their new situation.
Horses are very sensitive. Their skin may seem thick but they can feel the biting of any flies, mosquitoes and tiny invisible midges. They may be constantly moving twitching and foot stamping for hours on end. They are sensitive to touch, to warmth from your hands and also to the energy from your hands as they express kindness and understanding. They should be treated the way babies and small children are treated. Unfortunately they are very big, powerful land sometimes scary, ‘big kids’. Assurance works well with this. The better the horse the more responsive they are.
Horse hypnosis
Horses also begin their lives with two sides to their brain. These two sides often do not know what the other side is doing. If you teach them on one side you often have to teach them again the same thing on the other side. Their ‘brains’ are not communicating. I use this fact to do Hypnosis on the horses. By shifting their attention backwards and forwards from one brain to the other, they can be easily put into a very sleepy trance-like state, and old learned responses released from their spirit bodies.
FACT: A horse begins losing its coat at the winter solstice, not at the end of winter when the cold has ended, as you might expect. The thick coat is not from warmth but a response to less light and more dark in the day. When I first heard this I was quite surprised. This tells me that the horse is a being of Light not warmth or Fire. This is why Pegasus can sometimes be seen as a being of light flying in the night sky.
Horses have a spirit that needs to be nurtured and kept intact. This will help get the most value out of the horse. Breaking their spirit is not useful. Nurturing their spirit is the way to go. They say ‘a horse is a big heart on legs’ and also ‘the earth rises up into the horse form, and a heart is put into it’.
When I am working on a horse I often see their angels appear and come into the horse. When this happens I know the horse has retrieved its spirit and that it will be well.
Story of horse called ‘Angel’.I was working on a beautiful grey warmblood. I saw the angel of light come into her. Just as I asked ‘what is this horse’s name, the owner said ‘she is called ‘Angel’.Each of us also has a guardian angel that nurtures and protects us. I use a drawing called an angel signature to bring people more into touch with their guardian angel, so they can develop their full potential and special gifts.
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