Equine Acupressure: A Working Manual
by Nancy Zidonis, Amy Snow,
and Marie Soderberg
"Equine Acupressure: A Working Manual" by Nancy Zidonis, Amy Snow, and Marie Soderberg is one of the
only books available on the subject of equine acupressure that is written in lay-mans terms (at least that I can find).
The authors are the same people who have the Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute and teach workshops all over
the country and in Canada.
Chapters in this book include:
1. Traditional Chinese Medicine Overview
2. Equine Meridian System
3. Equine Acupressure Points
4. Equine Acupressure Treatment
5. Equine Stretches
6. Acupressure Treatment for Specific
7. Acupressure Maintenance Treatment
I do like the section of the book where they give
treatments for specific conditions. I have used them
before for various cases. I actually had great success
with a pony who was recovering from colic surgery and
was not passing feces as he should. Using the charts
along with my photonic (LED) light got things "moving"
Since I use the acupressure charts with my photonic
(LED) light, the exact location of the point is not a big
problem for me. And, I would think that the same would
be true of someone using their fingers instead of
All in all, I enjoy this book and find it useful. I would
recommend it for anyone who is interested in equine
acupressure or equine therapy in general. If you were
interested in a more in-depth study of equine
acupressure, I would suggest this book along with a
video or attending a hands-on seminar to really
understand the exact location of the acupressure points.
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I have to admit that I don't really know a ton about equine acupuncture or traditional chinese medicine. I really am
more well versed in equine massage, equine myofascial release, and energy therapies. However, I do like this
book and will use the charts in it along with my photonic (LED) light to get the benefits of equine acupuncture
without the concern of causing any harm to my horse.
The authors do a nice job of explaining how TCM and acupressure work to facilitate healing in horses. They are very
thorough in describing and defining the Indicators, Function, and Location of the 12 different meridians and the
equine acupuncture points. However, even though the charts are helpful, they lack a bit in really trying to locate the
specific point exactly.
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