The sister Meridian to the Lung is the Large Intestine Meridian.  Understanding the functionality & complexity of the large intestine belonging to a horse is essential to treating it no matter what healing discipline you practice.

Horses-Digestive-SystemIn a way, the large intestine performs, more or less, the same in all animals, including us. The differences, however, that distinguish the equine’s digestive system from all other animals, are major.

The horse is a natural born herbivore.

Left in nature, it roams and is free grazing. Those that have studied them in the wild observe how surprisingly little they consume.

Our domestication of the horse and the utilization of its strength or its capacity in various athletic performances is why we’ve come to feed it buckets of complex carbohydrates such as oats, rye, and sugar beet pellets.

Horses are not ruminants, so like humans, they have only one stomach.  But unlike humans, they can digest cellulose, a major component of grass.

Cellulose digestion occurs in the caecum, the pouch which food passes through that is considered the beginning of the large intestine.

Horses cannot vomit, so digestion problems can quickly cause colic.

Every suspicion of colic needs to be taken seriously. The indicators of colic vary widely, it can be difficult to determine what is happening to your horse. Usually, the more violent the behavior, the more likely it is an acute and life-threatening colic.

Some of the most common signs of colic are:

• Off his feed and/or water
• Lying down more frequently than usual
• Rolling more frequently than usual
• Pawing the ground excessively
• Standing as if to urinate
• Kicking his abdomen
• Turning his head to his flank
• Curling his upper lip
• Sweating heavily
• Standing quietly and/or possible rigidly

Colic is a leading cause of death and if caught in the early stages, can be handled effectively by treating the appropriate acupuncture points with the AAH Light.

—More details in the next lesson!

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