Homeopathy is the modality most difficult to describe in this series on alternative forms of medical treatment for horses. For one thing, even its most ardent advocates and learned practitioners don’t know exactly how it works. For another, ther
When you feel stiff and sore, you can grit your teeth and work through the pain; or, you can depend on medication like aspirin, ibuprofen, or even a stronger analgesic. Like you, the horse suffers from joint inflammation and painful movement.
Pain is defined as a feeling of distress, suffering, or agony caused by stimulation of specialized nerve endings. The scientific term for the perception of pain is nociception, with noci the Latin for harm or injury.
In April of 1993, Ohio’s 1992 Champion Sprinter Onion Roll suffered a catastrophic bowed tendon. The injury was so painful for the horse that Onion Roll’s owners, Ed and Wendy Cash, were brokenheartedly considering euthanasia. About that time,