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Screen Shot 2018-01-02 at 5.44.27 PM is pleased to present this demonstration with well-respected European Veterinarian Dr. Ina Goesmeier lecturing on natural therapies for performance horses.   Dr. Goesmeier was a guest speaker with Ingrid Klimke at the NEDA Fall Symposium.

Dr. Goesmeier has travelled with many Olympic horse and rider teams to ensure not only the physical health of the horses, but address the emotional and mental health of each animal.   She applies many therapies such as accupuncture and chinese herbs which she learned from her studies in China    Her exposure and trust in 'eastern' healing techniques alongside her training and knowledge of 'western' medicine makes Dr. Goesmeier a very powerful and effective healer for horses.

She lectures on categorizing horses into one of five Chinese 'types' which can help us better understand how to support and heal an issue they may have.    Knowing your horse's type is the foundation for applying accupuncture and accupressure techniques and chinese herb and flower remedies that best suit their character.    Dr. Goesmeier also shares her success in using leaches (yes, leaches) to support our various equine athletes.

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Watch Veterinarian Dr. Ina Gosmeier lecture on accupressure techniques.

Goesmeier gave many lectures on natural therapies which all can be viewed by clicking on the specific video on the NEDA 2014 Symposium event page. 

Here are the top therapies Dr. Goesmeier has added to her practice.

Chinese Type Analysis

Dr. Goesmeier explains the chinese philosophy of the five horse characters.  This philosophy believes horses fall into one of these five ‘types’ which provide us knowledge on how to best care for and heal them.   Horses can be divided into their type by looking at their tongue, mouth size, their pulse and their temperament.  Each type is linked to a meridian system and Dr. Goesmeier considers each animal’s type before using acupuncture, acupressure, and Bach flower therapy.   

“The type of horse shows me what I have to do,” says Dr. Goesmeier. 

The five types are described below.

Gan-Type horse is a dominant and confident animal.  He is often smart and takes advantage of inexperienced riders.   He must be educated, but not be broken.  This horse type has more muscle problems due to muscle tension, is prone to anger and has good healing capabilities.  This type is linked to the liver meridian.

Pi-Type horse is very friendly and integrates into the herd well.  He is interested in food, has soft muscles, a big belly, a big mouth and loose lips.  He must be activated by shorter riding intervals to develop more condition and power.   He learns slowly but once he’s learned a concept, he will perform for all riders.  He is not frightened.  His type is connected to the spleen meridian. 

Shen-Type horse is refined with small joints and a small mouth and should never get cold as he freezes easily.   He tends to be timid, anxious, or have low self-confidence.  Ridability of this horse increases with a lot with praise from his rider.  He learns quickly and tends to anticipate the aids.  This type is connected to the kidney meridian.

Fei-Type horse gives his best all the time and tries to accomplish every request.  Keep and eye on his health, as he will continue to perform at the expense of his health.  A horse that has no behavior problems with other horses and does well in any arena – particularly eventing.  This type is linked to the lung meridian. 

Xin Type horses are by far the most difficult.  Often these horses are easily excited and can get into a panic.  Typically he has one friend in the herd that can calm him.  They typically never change and are often not well paired with beginner riders.  Be careful as this type can kill you unexpectantly.    This type is connected to the heart meridian. 

Acupuncture and Acupressure

Dr. Goesmeier uses both acupuncture and acupressure on horses and considers it an effective therapy for maintaining and restoring health.   Based on the concept of moving energy in the body, acupuncture uses the insertion of needles along these meridian lines to restore balance and health to the body.  Acupressure uses pressure of fingers to achieve the same goal.   Dr. Goesmeier encouraged the audience to experiment in trying this less invasive technique on a few points on the horse.

Acupressure involves the application of a gentle clock-wise circular pressure for at least 30 seconds or longer depending if you want to relax or energize the meridian point.  

She locates a point on the hind leg of a horse that can help a horse gain confidence.  She then continues to point out specific locations that can assist in managing pain, treating lameness, and healing internal disease.  

She reminds the audience to perform the acupressure in a quiet location with a calm energy to get the best result.  “Breathe out and then do the acupressure,” says Dr. Goesmeier.  

Bach Flower Remedies

Another therapy that Dr. Goesmeier uses with her patients is Bach flowers.   Developed by Dr. Edward Bach over 75 years ago, flower remedies were first used in treating a variety of emotions causing stress in humans.   Dr. Goesmeier finds it is helpful for supporting horses primary negative emotion: fear.   For example, she uses a small concentration of specific flower essences to support horses in competition that have a fear of a particular jump.  She also uses flower remedies to help horses through stressful events like a barn change or managing grief over the loss of a stable mate. 


Dr. Goesmeier shares how leaches are now a common tool in her practice.  Due to their ability to cause continual blood flow when they bite the skin of their host, leaches are the perfect tool to improve microcirculation to tendons.   Dr. Goesmeier introduced the use of leaches in her practice 30 years ago and now find they are an excellent tool for healing tendon injuries. 

Thank you Dr. Ina Goesmeier for sharing your knowledge of natural healing therapies for horses.


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