Horse Acupuncture Demonstration at Double T Farm

Dr. Michelle Wells of Little River Veterinary Clinic demonstrates acupuncture for horses on Misty at the Double T Farm in Perry. Misty suffers from arthritis, which can be alleviated by acupuncture. (Photo by Natalie Boomer)

By Natalie Boomer

 

On Saturday, November 4th, Double T Farm in Perry held a horse acupuncture demonstration. From 1-3 p.m. Dr. Michelle Wells of Little River Vet Clinic answered questions and performed a live treatment to demonstrate how acupuncture can be applied to the large animals. 

Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine used to ease pain. In this case, acupuncture was used to help arthritis pain in one of the horses at the farm. Although the act of acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into the skin, Misty the horse didn’t seem very phased by it. 

It may seem like a one-time deal, but Dr. Wells explained how acupuncture can be a most beneficial process, depending on its use. “Sometimes, when you just start out on a treatment, you’re doing it once a week. You might see that they do great for three days after the first treatment, and then it just kind of goes away. Then you do the next treatment and it’s good for five or six days. You want to get them to the point where they’re feeling great the whole time between and then we can start spreading them out.” 

There are many benefits from using acupuncture like weight loss, healing stomach ulcers, infertility, arthritis, neurological disorders and lots more. These treatments are said to even improve and maintain quality of life in not just horses, but humans, felines, and other animals.