Body Scanning as Part of a
Thorough Equine Evaluation
Body scanning can be challenging for some
people to learn. Don't give up too quickly, you can
learn it. You just need to practice.
Body scanning is when you are checking for
temperature and energy changes in the body
without actually touching your horse. You will
hold your hands slightly off the body and try to
sense temperature and energy changes.
Before beginning a body scan, you will need to
get yourself into a relaxed and centered state of
mind. You need to make yourself very aware of
what you are about to feel through your hands.
You must let go of other thoughts you have on
your mind and center on what you are doing. (I
will discuss this more during the Equine Energy
Temperature changes will obviously feel hot, cold, or just
warm. An area that is too cold will most likely have a blood
flow restriction. Massage can be used to increase
circulation to this area. An area that is hot could be
inflammation and might need veterinary attention. But, if the
vet has given the all clear, light massage could help to
alleviate any swelling that could be from fluid build up.
Energy changes can feel "tingly" or "prickly", heavy or "dead",
and they also may feel cool or a "sense of heat". It is a
different "sense of heat" than inflammation would feel. I don't
quite know how to explain it, but I think you will recognize it
when you feel it.
Energy can be hard for some people to detect because it can seem so subtle. The more you practice and the
more you learn to "tune-in" to it, the easier it is to feel.
It can be very interesting to practice and I encourage you to do so. However, you do not have to use body
scanning if you don't want to. I just presented this for those people who might find this interesting. In this case,
you may skip this step and move right onto learning about Palpation.
Information presented is for educational purposes only and is not intended
to replace professional opinions or recommendations.
Consult your veterinarian for advice about any medical condition or
treatment needed for your horse