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May 27, 2011


Equine acupuncture for photosensitive horses

by DePaolo Equine Concepts

Dr. Mark treated a horse with photosensitivity this week.  Since the symptom showed up shortly after the horse was vaccinated, the indication is that it could be a neurologic side effect.

Dr. Mark did some acupuncture and vitamin B12 shots to help heal any nerve damage the horse may have.  He also did a chiropractic adjustment on the horse because he was out in his poll and a few other areas.

Photosensitivity, also known as Photophobic Head Shaking or Equine Headshaking Syndrom, is a medical condition where a horse shakes its head in response to light, certain times of the day (sun strength) and in some cases wind.  There are no tests to confirm EHS but it is noticibly more frequent shaking than normal head shaking due to ear mites, flies or equipment that is bothering the horse.  The head shaking can range from a mild annoyance to a more severe reaction of pain or panic.  Horses with photosensitivity are hard to work as the head shaking can effect them constantly.

Dr. Mark put the horse on a daily portion of Lysine to help boost his natural immune system and to combat any forms of herpes virus the horse may have since herpes tents to extend into the nerves.  Thuja was also given as a natural detox in case the horse is having a negative reaction to the vaccines he was given.

We will keep you up to date with the progress of this gelding and for more on Dr. Mark’s Equine Chiropractic and Acupuncture Services, please visit the Pacific Northwest Equine website.

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. May 31 2011

    I agree, it’s interesting, probably be useful

  2. Aug 5 2011

    Very interesting! I actually didn’t know horses get photosensitivity. It makes sense though.


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