How Do You Tell When Your Horse Is Not Well?

Good question! How do most people tell when there horse is not well? In my experience it is only recognised when there is obvious lameness, tenderness, aggrevated behaviour or failing to maintain condition etc.

There are really neat and subtle ways of asking your horse if everything is OK. Muscle testing (kinesiology) over the last 40 or so years has come out on its own as being a consistantly reliable way of determining just what is going on.

When we test (or challange) a muscle we are actually asking the subconcience mind just what is going on. Most of my testing I try and do through the owner or trainer of the horse so they have an appreciation of what we are finding. By them holding one hand on the horse we test the responsiveness of the other arm as we challenge various areas of the body.

For this to be effective both parties need to be in fairly good balance to be able to detect an error in the subject horse. One of the things most people have problems with is being in balance minerally, but eating Celtic sea salt on a regular basis will bring you back into balance that is a whole topic on its own.

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  1. Equestrian Sports says

    Kinesiology has always interested me and I look forward to hearing more from you on using it for the care of horses.

  2. Pete Esdaile says

    Thanks for your comment. Our first workshop for 2009 will be in Warwick Qld. Feb. 27 & 28. For details check the link under “Innate Healing” Workshops. Plans for more workshops in all areas will be listed soon.

  3. muscle testing says

    Kinesiology is very helpful for horseman.They can easily find out whats the problem with their horses.

  4. Pete Esdaile says

    I call what I do “Muscle Testing” because I have never studied “Kinesiology” as a subject. As I understand Kinesiology was developed by Chiropractor, Dr. George Goodhart in the 1960’s and was further developed by Walther and others. I acknowledge them for their contribution.

    What I see from most people using Kinesiology is it is a gateway to applying therapy. I don’t want to go down that road. Rather than find what the problem is, I want to know WHY the problem is. if we dont get to WHY we’ve missed the best part. I was talking to someone recently who was quoting all the muscles that were not working correctly, as if that was the problem. The brain is not in the muscle. It’s all to do with interference to the connection between the brain and the muscle, and WHY.

    I might seem a little harsh, but we have to get away from the “STUFF” and work with the “ENERGY” that drives the stuff.

    Best wishes to you all out there, I love your input.


  5. Hi Pete

    I am currently studying full time for a diploma in kinesiology and I think that you have met the wrong kinesiologist!

    The whole point behind the kinesiology that I have been taught, is to find the cause of the problem and not just to treat the symptom.

    A problem (lets say a tight muscle) maybe caused by an imbalance on a structural, emotional, biochemical or spiritual level. You find out what has caused the imbalance and then by using muscle testing you find the required treatment that is needed to correct it.

    I train in Melbourne at The college of Complementary Medicine and we definately are taught to find the true cause of a sympyom, because if you dont the “fix” will only be short term!

    Good luck and I hope I have given you an insight into what a “good”{ kinesiologist does!)

    Kind Regards


    I too will be working with horses when qualified and I am working on transfering all that I have learnt about human kinesiology (including accupuncture, flower essences, manual techniques, horse nuitrition etc) to horses- it is very exciting!

    The problem with alot of so called kinesiologist is that they have just done perhaps a couple of weekend courses.

    Kind regards


  6. Hi Sarah,
    Great to get your comments. I’m impressed by your youthful enthusiasm. I was like that 30 years ago. Thought I was going to save the world. Then I got out into the real world and found it was like “Groundhog Day”, doing the same things to the same clients day after day. The thing about “Groundhog Day” is when you learn the lesson you move on. You get new lessons; ask better questions.

    D.D. Palmer, the discoverer of Chiropractic said “A Chiropractor who comprehends the principles of this science will have no use for adjuncts. Just in proportion as he lacks knowledge and confidence (the two go together) he will use remedies, become a mixer. The more he mixes the less use he has for Chiropractic.” I have taken this statement to heart and refined my understanding of how the body works, and have been able to strip away the trappings of “therapy” and utilize the innate wisdom of the body to heal itself.

    D.D. Palmer started to teach others what he had discovered and some of those early Chiropractic students were practicing osteopaths and medical doctors. You can guess what happened. They went home and started their own Chiropractic colleges. Unfortunately they mixed, with what Palmer taught them, what they had previously been practicing and distorted and diluted the Chiropractic that was being taught. Those colleges are still in existance today teaching the same mixed Chiropractic

    Chiropractic has gone from a few months of Pamers teaching to 5 years at Uni and then on to Masters and PhD. Is all this extra education getting sick people well. I think not. It is teaching Chiropractors to be referral centres to medical practice.

    In a two-day “Innate Healing” workshop you can learn enough basics to get you changing lives. We have stripped it of its frills and get people healing horses.

    D.D. Palmer also said, “I think there is some good in all methods; but when the Chiropractor adjusts the bony framework to its normal position, all pliable tissue will respond and resume their proper position and consequently their usual functions – health being the result. What more needs to be done?”

    Sarah, you use “a tight muscle” as an example to make your point. D.D. Palmer said, “Chiropractic was founded on tone.” By tone he meant Normal Tension. In my experience a “tight” muscle indicates that his opposite number is weak. If you “soften” the “tight” muscle what you end up with is two weak muscles.

    Kinesiology was born out of Chiropractic, with the work of George Goodheart in the early 1960’s, then others like John Thie removed it from Chiropractic and sold it separately without the blessing and completeness of the Chiropractic component.

    Again, Sarah, I love your enthusiasm for what you do. I invite you, and everyone, who has a desire to be proactive in their care of their horses to do my “Innate Healing” workshop. I hope to hear from you again (in perhaps less than 30 years) and you say”I now see what you mean.”

    Best wishes, and thanks again.


  7. Dr Myles Carroll DC Dip Animal Chiropractic RMIT says

    Hi Pete

    I have been a chiropractor for 40 years and in that time seen various techniques, AK, NOT, NET, Activator, Homeopathy etc. used on people and animals.
    In my opinion none of these techniques have any scientific basis or are any more effective than a placebo.
    These beliefs and practices are holding back our profession and should be left out of out of any modern day chiropractic practice and certainly kept put of the media as it will leave us open to ridicule and disrepute.


    • Pete Esdaile says

      Hi Myles,

      Thanks for your email the other day. I am intrigued by your approach and your less than positive attitude to the techniques you listed. I would be pleased to hear about your approach, and particularly the work you did at RMIT. The interesting thing is that every negative response I receive from that press was from people I have never met and who know nothing of what I do.

      I look forward to being edified by you in the near future.


      Pete esdaile

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