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*Wound Healing with Photonic Therapy and The Touch and Torch Method™

*Treating Foals born with Angular Limb Deformity with the Touch and Torch Method™

*Prevention and Treatment of colic with Photonic Therapy

* Reversing Saddle Fit Damage with Photonic Therapy and The Touch and Torch Method™

WOUND HEALING WITH PHOTONIC THERAPY AND THE TOUCH AND TORCH METHOD™ (TTM)

Photon healing and TTM™ can be used successfully in the treatment of all types of wounds including fresh wounds, chronic wounds, external wounds, internal wounds, and surgical incisions.

The benefits of healing wounds with photonic healing and TTM™ include:

*A three to five times faster healing time
 *Can prevent, reduce, or eliminate inflammation
*Can prevent, reduce, or eliminate scarring,
*Can prevent, reduce, or eliminate infection
*Can prevent, reduce, or eliminate proud flesh
*Can prevent, reduce, or eliminate pain
*Totally natural, non-invasive, non-traumatic

  All cells are negatively charged on the inside and positively charged on the outside with a constant exchange to maintain cellular balance. 
With wounds and soft tissue trauma the neutral balance of the cells is interrupted and an imbalance occurs.   The application of TTM™ can help to rebalance these traumatized cells, flush blockages, and promote spontaneous healing.

Granulated tissue and proud flesh are caused by blockages and imbalances at the wound site and can be prevented when TTM™ is used at the onset of a wound and is also effective in reduction or elimination in chronic wounds.

By using TTM™ at the onset of a wound the critical 3-5 day inflammatory phase can be prevented, reduced, or eliminated allowing healing to begin immediately and accelerate the entire healing time.  Inflammation is also a cause of pain and by eliminating the inflammation the pain can also be reduced or eliminated naturally.
 
Below are three examples that show how TTM™ can be used on fresh wounds, chronic wounds, and surgical incisions.

  

FRESH WOUNDS

        
    Fresh Wound                  24 hours                        3 weeks


JJ is a four year old Quarter Horse mare.   She ripped a “V”about 4 inches long and 2 inches wide at the widest point on the underside of her jaw on the right jawbone.   Experience with this kind of wound in the past I knew that the flap of the “V” normally died and curled back to form a lump of dead tissue or is cut off.  Gravity was not in our favor so I cleaned the wound with water and “pasted” the flap back up over the wound with petroleum jelly.
I performed a TTM™ treatment within two hours of the onset of `the wound and then sprayed with scarlet oil.
The next morning (24 hours later) the wound edges had already begun to mend back together and the “flap” tissue looked healthy.  There was no inflammation and the wound was dry and clean and appeared to be days old instead of hours old.  
The wound was completely healed in three weeks.  No drugs, sutures or antibiotics were used.  No scarring or proud flesh occurred and the entire flap remained viable and reattached itself the wound edges.
   I performed TTM™ treatments every other day for one week. 

 

OLD (CHRONIC) WOUNDS

When wounds have healed or have partially healed with granulated tissue and proud flesh TTM™ can be used effectively to reduce and modify or completely resolve these conditions.
  Granulated tissue is formed when blockages occur due to imbalances caused by trauma and inflammation.   Granulated tissue will continue to build until the blockage is removed.   When the blockage is removed with TTM™ the body is able to heal unimpeded, flush the granulated tissue and continue the healing process.   There is typically a 60% to 80% improvement in 24 hours on proud flesh treated with TTM™.
   Excessive scarring can also be reduced and flushed to prevent further buildup and possible future damage.  Scar tissue is not elastic and can impede the function of joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.  It is possible to keep scarring at a minimum with TTM™ treatments or reduce scar tissue on chronic wounds.  Scar tissue over tendons, ligaments, or joints can continue to build up over months and years and may eventually affect the soundness of an otherwise healthy horse.

SURGICAL INSCISIONS

          
JUNIOR

                  

                       Four days after surgery and before first TTM treatment

Junior is a 4 year old cutting/reining bred, Quarter Horse stallion.  He had just started his show career and had several shows under his belt (saddle) when catastrophe struck. 
It all began when Junior started to exhibit colic symptoms.  When he didn’t respond to standard colic treatments he was rushed to Colorado State University Equine Center.  It was determined there that Junior had a twisted left testicle and a portion of the small intestine had slipped through the twist.  Surgery was immediately performed to remove a portion of the small intestine and the left testicle, both of which were damaged.

 Junior was to stay at CSU for several days to recover before going home.  The owner checked on him each day and each day he was more depressed and not improving.  He seemed to perk up a bit when the owner was there and he decided to bring him home to recover.
 Once Junior was back home it was determined that he was in severe pain and it was causing him to become depressed and lose his will.

 When I began to examine Junior I could not believe the severity of the inflammation and swelling under his belly starting at the incision sites and filling the whole underbelly.  The inflammation was so severe that it felt like bone to the touch.

I performed TTM™ on the incision sites and the inflammation areas and there were immediate results.  The flushing process had begun, the pressure lessened, and the pain was reduced within minutes.

 Two days later when I arrived for his second treatment Junior’s attitude and spark were back.  He was almost back to his old self.  The inflammation was reduced over 50% and the intense pressure was gone.  With the second treatment you could watch the inflammation move out immediately underneath the torch.

 Forty eight hours later I came back for the third treatment and all the inflammation was gone except for a small area right around the testicle incision.    I treated him the third and final time to finish the flushing process and his progress continued to be quick and uneventful
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                           Junior before third and final treatment

With Junior I discovered how critical that pain management is in wound healing.  Junior lost his will and had given up because of the pain even though he was on pain medication.  Once the pain was removed his habits became normal again and the healing process was accelerated.

To learn more about wound healing with TTM™ and other treatments visit www.naturalhorsepower.net, email janet@naturalhorsepower.net or call 970-590-3875.

Certification courses in TTM™ are taught by Janet Crow and are available in private, group, or Home Study instruction.


 NATURAL ANGULAR LIMB DEFORMITY TREATMENT USING PHOTONIC THERAPY AND THE TOUCH AND TORCH METHOD™

 

The Touch and Torch Method ™ (TTM™ )of natural healing  was originally developed to treat foals born with angular limb deformity (ALD), also known as contracted tendons in foals and has since proven to be successful in many tendon, ligament, and joint conditions.  TTM™ is a combination of photonic and massage therapy applied as a direct treatment.  I would like to share the stories of two foals that had ALD in common, and their very different outcomes.

CLOUD

Cloud was born on May 8, 2008 with ALD and received her first TTM™ treatment on May 9th, at one day old.  Her treatment was unremarkable in the world of TTM™ because the treatment was optimum in every respect.  The treatments were given at one, three, and five days old, and results were seen with each treatment.  The owner was conscientious about conjunctive care, and at five days old Cloud was completely healed and was able to grow naturally throughout her entire life to the strong and sound two year old she is today. 

                    

 

 

               Cloud-3 days old                                            Cloud-2 months old



Cloud-2 years old

On the other hand, this treatment was truly remarkable in the world of traditional medicine for the fact that no drugs, wraps, casts, hoof extensions, surgery, or any other form of treatment was used, and the healing process was complete within the first week of birth, naturally.




SNOOKS


Snooks spent her entire foalhood in traditional splints and wraps

Snooks was born on May 26, 2009 with ALD.   Her owners were not aware of TTM™ and turned to traditional medicine for care.  Snooks was given drugs and wore wraps and casts her entire foal-hood without success until she was 7 months old.  At 7 months old surgery was recommended, a tenotomy on both forelegs, and a superior check desmotomy on the right foreleg was performed to correct the deformity.   After the surgery was performed her condition worsened, and continued to deteriorate worse than before the surgery, to the point that the only option left was to put her down.  Or was it?


                                            Snooks-before her first TTM™ treatment
                                               (8 months old/1 month after surgery)


 I was called in as a last resort even though the owners, as well has Snooks, had given up all hope at this point.  When I first saw her I knew that the only humane thing that could be done for her was to end her suffering, one way or another.  Of course I had to try to save her!  

Snooks received her first TTM™ treatment on Jan.6, 2010, at 8 months old, one month after her surgery. 
When she was born she was forward at the knee in both legs.  Her owner said that her legs looked like a “C” from a lateral view.   Over the months as the tendons and ligaments continued to contract and pull the joints out of alignment, her legs had to compensate for each other, and the deformity became different in each leg.  After just three weeks the body accepts a condition as permanent and “builds scaffolding” for support in the best way it can.  If one leg is going to the left, the other will have to go to the right to try and balance, and so forth.   

The conditions from the original deformity and the surgeries were vast and severe.  All tendons and ligaments in the forelegs were severely contracted, and all the joints in her forelegs were under constant stress, and pulled out of alignment.   The forearm muscles in the left leg were completely atrophied, and the right leg muscles were rigid and excessive.  Scar tissue had formed behind both knees from the surgery (2” balls) and on the cannon bones, both legs, front and back from the casts, and were also chapped and bleeding from the rubbing. The issues to be dealt with from the surgeries were cut and severed tendons and ligaments, massive scar tissue, and severe inflammation.  Because she had never been able to extend and straighten her forelegs and stand up straight for eight months, her entire musculoskeletal system was involved.  Her chest had narrowed to approximately 2 inches, with atrophied pectoral muscles, and she was standing up on her toes on both hind legs.

 Since the day she was born she had only been able to walk (not well), no trotting or cantering, running, bucking, rearing, or playing.   Her entire musculoskeletal system was not able to strengthen and grow normally and naturally.   Her mental health had also deteriorated from eight months of pain and she had finally given up all hope as well.  Life in pain everyday of your life for eight months is a lot to endure for anyone, especially a baby.

Treating conditions that are this severe must be treated in layers.  The first thing that was needed was to reduce and remove the inflammation.  Her forelegs were so swollen that they were hard to the touch.  With the first TTM™ treatment I concentrated on the inflammation, which was the first layer.  I could not see or feel the tendons, ligaments or joints until the inflammation was reduced and removed.   With the second treatment, two days later, the inflammation was removed on approximately 80% of both legs, and reduced in the areas that incurred the most trauma, the joints and surgery sites.   The next layer is to lengthen the contracted tendons and ligaments.  The legs cannot extend, and the joints cannot align until the pressure is taken off by the too short tendons and ligaments.   The first six treatments were painful for her, at and around the surgery sites, decreasing a little at a time after the second treatment.
In the beginning treatments were done two times per week for 3 months, and then reduced to one time per week.  As the tendons and ligaments began to lengthen, the swelling on the joints reduced and they re-aligned, even better than I had anticipated due to the severity and length of severity.  Once the tendons and ligaments no longer had to support the legs, the muscles were able to begin to support their load, and began conditioning.  When her legs were able to straighten, her chest started to widen, her back leveled out, she came down off her toes in the rear legs, and she started to tone up in the correct areas. 




February 1, 2010, one month after beginning treatment, 9 months after birth, Snooks cantered for the first time in her life.  It was only 4 strides, but it was the most beautiful 4 strides I had ever seen.  I am treating her 2 to 4 times per month now, lots of conditioning going on, building and strengthening.  We are still working on the left suspensory tendon that was so severely damaged due to the club foot on that leg and the scarring from the casts.  This too, is still continuing to progress as she rehabilitates. 
She was kept in a small corral initially because she couldn’t walk, and also to restrict movement until the tendons and ligaments were lengthened.  In April she started getting turn-out in a small grazing area, after a few weeks, the arena, and now a large pasture.  She has been a real trooper with her own rehabilitation, and seems to know what she needs and can endure.  I passively stretch her front legs for her, but ever since she has been able to straighten her legs, several times a day she rocks back and stretches her legs out in front of her.  I think it still amazes her that she can straighten them, and it must feel SO good.   The past month she has progressed to galloping and playing around the arena, fast bursts
of speed, bucks, and roll-backs even.  




 Snooks has a big heart, a lot of try, and an owner that loves her.  She has already done things that were not supposed to be able to be done according to the current available information.

 What she and I can do together is to educate all equine owners and professionals about healing ALD foals and other joint and tendon conditions with The Touch and Torch Method™ so that other horses do not have to suffer needlessly like Snooks.  See a video of Snooks on YouTube, just click on the link below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9AOoiHVJOU

To learn more about healing with photonic therapy and The Touch and Torch Method ™, Courses, Demos, and Clinics please visit my website at www.naturalhorsepower.net  or contact Janet Crow at 970-590-3875 or janet@naturalhorsepower.net

 

 

Maintaining the Western Performance Horse with Photonic Therapy and the Touch and Torch Method™

Maintaining the soundness of a performance horse is critical to assure a long and healthy career.  Performance horses are asked to perform maneuvers that they would seldom do in a natural environment.   As an example, a performance reining horse would probably spin more 360’s in a normal week of training, practice, or showing than he would normally in his entire life if left to his own devices.

Because we ask so much of our horses we must be aware of the areas of stress and what measures can be taken to insure soundness and prevent “breakdowns” and serious injury.

Extreme stress is put on joints, tendons, and ligaments in all performance horses as a group more than any other group of horses.  Many performance horses are retired at an early age due to injuries that prevent the horse from continuing his show career.  These horses are often sent to rescues, sold to others for light pleasure riding, or retired to pasture or paddock.  Often these horses are kept on a regiment of pain relieving drugs with negative side-effects, no healing properties, and continued degeneration of the condition for the rest of their lives.

Muscles are designed to take the load and stress off the tendons, ligaments, and joints and it is imperative that a horse is in proper physical condition for his chosen discipline.  If the muscles are not in condition to do the job they are being asked to do the stress transfers to the tendons, ligaments, and joints which are not designed for this type of stress and injury occurs.

Different disciplines stress different areas but in time the horse’s entire musculoskeletal system will become involved and the horse’s movement as well as his mental and spiritual health can be affected.  When a horse is in pain it often reflects as reluctance to perform and “sour” attitudes.

The Touch and Torch Method™ (TTM™) is a natural technique of equine healing based on the principals of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  The Touch and Torch Method™ utilizes a combination of photonic therapy, massage therapy, body and energy work, communication, and other holistic conjunctive therapies applied as an indirect (acu points) and as a direct treatment.  Photonic light is also referred to as red light, cold laser, or low-level laser therapy.  Photonic light is in the 400 to 700nM spectrum of visible light and works in conjunction with the body’s own healing centers at the cellular level.   This method of healing is effective with many equine conditions including, but not limited to, muscle, tendon, ligament, and joint injuries and conditions, wounds, scar tissue, colic, and arthritis.

Below is a case study on a seasoned western performance horse.  The owner’s goal is to keep her horse sound and to prevent injuries to insure her horse’s health and show career.  This case reflects a wide range of conditions arising over a number of years in a western performance horse.

CASE STUDY

HISTORY

Ima Dakota Diamond “Scooby” is an 11 year old western performance Quarter Horse gelding.  Scooby was trained as a two year old in a colt starting program at an area college.   After this foundation training he was placed into reining training and competition with a trainer until he was purchased by the current owner as a five year old.

The current owner continued his training and competition vigorously in both AQHA reining and NRHA competitions for the next four years until he was eight.

At eight years old the owner changed disciplines to Versatility Ranch Horse and included Stock Horse Competition the year after, both of which he is still actively involved in.

 

INITIAL EVALUATION-NECK/POLL/HAMSTRINGS


 Scooby began TTM™ maintenance treatments in January 2008.  Reining was his only discipline at this time and at 8 years old Scooby had had no major injuries and was still in good shape.  Because of his age and usage the owner wanted to insure continued wellness and avoid a serious injury.  She had begun to feel some differences in his movement and had a chiropractic adjustment performed prior to the TTM™ treatments to assure that he was in alignment.

The initial TTM™ evaluation reveled stresses in the poll area/neck and hindquarter/ hamstrings primarily.  Because reining horses are collected and driven forward so much in this discipline the added stress is obvious in these areas.

TTM™ treatments were performed once per week for three weeks to work out the issues in these areas.  The owner was advised to let Scooby stretch out his neck, body, and legs by letting him long walk, trot, and canter without collection for a portion of every riding session.  Light massage was recommended to be done after cool-down to help flush the toxins from these muscles to insure continued wellness.  Manual stretches are also helpful.


SADDLE FIT DAMAGE

At about the age of 7 or 8 a horse’s body type will mature and change.  A saddle that has been used and fit a horse for the past few years may no longer fit at this age.  Depending on the fit issues there are things that can be done with pads but sometimes the saddle has to be changed entirely.

At the same time that Scooby’s body type was maturing his discipline was also changed.  The new disciplines required different muscles being called on to perform these maneuvers and this added to the changes in his body.

The owner had also changed saddle pads at this time and all three of these factors caused Scooby to get sore, causing white hair patches on his withers, collagen scarring, and affect his movement and performance.

TTM™ treatment was performed on the affected areas to release the blockages, restore the circulation, release spasmodic muscles, and remove collagen scarring.

The owner then switched back to the thinner pad and evaluates his back after each ride for stress areas and massages the withers if needed to prevent toxin buildup and increase the flushing process.

Once the blockages were removed and balance was restored with TTM™ Scooby has not had any further issues.

 

TRAUMA FROM REPETITIVE MANUEVRS 







Scooby is a powerful horse in great physical shape. He stops hard and spins fast.  Because of his excellent muscle condition he is able to perform these maneuvers with ease.
He developed a fluid filled lump on his right carpus (golf ball size) that would not go away.

Scooby received a TTM™ treatment and the inflammation began to flush and reduce at the site immediately and restore the callused skin.

We determined that the lump was caused from spinning fast 360’s to the right.  His left carpus was slamming into his right carpus when he crossed over causing the trauma. 

The owner was advised to use a knee boot in practice and be aware of his knees striking while spinning when not protected.

The lump completely disappeared within a few days and Scooby has had no flare-ups since the initial treatment

COLIC/ULCERS

Approximately 70% plus of all performance horses have ulcers and are more susceptible to ulcers than any other group of horses in general.  Often horses with ulcers will exhibit symptoms of colic that is a reflection of the pain from the ulcers and not from a compaction or gas blockage.

 Scooby was exhibiting signs of severe colic and I performed a TTM™ Colic Treatment on him.  He was back to normal within ½ hour and the owner thought that the new hay may have initiated the colic and made changes to her feed program.

A few days later he was showing symptoms of colic again.  When it happened again so close in time I was fairly certain that the colic symptoms were being caused by ulcers.  The richer hay may have also attributed to worsening ulcers.

Scooby was treated with TTM™ Ulcer Points and his feed program was adjusted and he has had no reoccurrence since then (7 months).

JOINTS, TENDONS, AND LIGAMENTS

When Scooby was six he began receiving injections in his hocks.  He was injected 2X per year as a six and seven year old and 1X per year as an eight, nine, and ten year old with the last injection in July 2010.

This year as an eleven year old he was tested by his veterinarian and he did not require injections in his hocks!!

Not Only did TTM™ treatments prevent further degeneration of the hock joint it also helped the body to reverse the damage to the joint.   This is a huge discovery as an alternative to invasive and expensive injections that have no actual healing properties.  

When tendons become stressed or injured excessive force is put on the related joints.  Because of this stress joints can be pulled out of alignment causing pressure and crushing of the synovial capsule in the joint.  The synovial capsule is very thin and the amount and viscosity of the synovial fluid is extremely important to the continued health and function of a joint.  When the synovial fluid is cut off by a blockage, cartilage and joint damage can be caused within just a few minutes. Tendons and ligaments under stress can be kept healthy and elastic with TTM™ from the onset of training to insure that further degeneration does not occur.   A tendon that is rigid or has scarring from an injury is not elastic and cannot stretch to the degree that is required and puts undue stress on the related joint.

Fluid or inflammation on or around a joint will deteriorate the joint and must be alleviated at once.  If the stress has already caused inflammation the flushing process can be restored with the first TTM™ treatment.  One to three treatments are normally needed to completely remove the inflammation barring no large floating bone or cartilage chips are present as is sometimes in extreme and chronic injuries.

Hard sliding stops and cattle work is stressful on the hind flexor and extensor tendons and Scooby continues TTM™ maintenance on these areas as needed to insure tendon hand joint health.

The owner warms Scooby up properly to insure the tendons and muscles are elastic and cools Scooby down properly so that the toxins are flushed out.  Light massage can also be used for flushing and to check tendon wellness.

MAINTENENCE/WELLNESS

TRAINING

Regular TTM™ maintenance started on a horse at the onset of training is optimal for the health of that horse throughout his life and career. 

By maintaining wellness with TTM™ from an early age you can reduce the risk of injury from occurring and help insure continued wellness for joints and soft tissues.

PERFORMANCE

TTM™ treatments and continued maintenance can rebalance and help reverse stress and damage that has already occurred to joints and soft tissues.  TTM™ maintenance treatments to be performed as needed.

INJURY

When an injury occurs the cells are disrupted and unbalanced and blockages occur in the form of swelling and inflammation at the onset.  Inflammation blocks the circulation and the healing process in slowed down which allows for scar tissue or proud flesh to occur.

By treating injuries with TTM™ inflammation can be flushed and allow the body to heal 3 to 5 times faster.   Wound healing with TTM™ can prevent the formation of scar tissue and proud flesh.  Scar tissue is not elastic so the importance of accelerated healing and minimal scarring on tendons is critical.

RETIRED

TTM™ is proving to be effective in the treatment of arthritic joints.  Arthritis can develop in joints that have chronic injuries.  TTM™ can remove or reduce inflammation and help to break down and flush deposits in joints which reduce pain and inflammation.  The arthritic process can be halted and even reversed allowing the horse less or no pain and an increased range of motion.

IMMUNE SYSTEM

Once again performance horses as a group are at a higher risk for compromised immune systems.  Because of the regiment of training, showing, and traveling they are exposed to more stress and are in contact with many other horses from around the country.

TTM™ treatments can help to maintain a strong immune system to enable the horse to resist diseases it may come in contact such as EVH-1 and other viral diseases.

 

Janet Crow is a natural horsewoman, equine massage therapist, equine photonic therapist and creator of The Touch and Torch Method™.  As well as treatments she offers a three level certification course in Colorado and a Level 1 Home Study Course.

For more information about this case, other treatments, and courses visit www.naturalhorsepower.net, email janet@naturalhorsepower.net, or call 970-590-3875.

 

 

Prevention and Treatment of Colic with Photonic Therapy

The word Colic invokes a sense of fear and helplessness in most horse owners.  Most of us have experienced a horse with colic at least once and don’t care to do it again-ever.  With photonic therapy we can help to prevent colic from ever occurring.  Even in the best conditions colic does occasionally occur and that too can be treated quickly, naturally, and successfully with photonic therapy and The Touch and Torch Method™ (TTM™).

As with all illnesses and diseases, colic is caused by imbalances within the body.  Although colic exhibits physical symptoms, the cause of these symptoms may have started with imbalances in the physical, mental, or spiritual being that manifested into physical blockages resulting in colic symptoms.  Gastrointestinal ulcers are an example of how colic symptoms can result from a condition that was caused by mental and emotional stress.

PREVENTION
The prevention of colic is obviously the best treatment.  By maintaining balance within the horse’s body it is possible to prevent colic.  Colic prevention is best accomplished by a natural diet in conjunction with and all aspects of holistic horse keeping including photonic therapy.

By including The TTM™ Opening Points as a part of your wellness program you are able to periodically remove blockages within the body, allow the body to spontaneous heal as intended, and prevent illnesses such as colic from manifesting into a serious condition.

EARLY DETECTION

Early detection of colic pain in a horse and treated with The TTM™ Opening Points may be the only treatment necessary to prevent a full blown colic.
Horses have predictable habits and even the slightest change in this behavior usually indicates the start of something worse to come.  Don’t wait!  In less than 15 minutes you can perform a TTM™ Opening Treatment that can save hours of unnecessary stress and pain for your horse and yourself.

COLIC CRISIS

 The TTM™ Colic Points are performed in conjunction with the opening points on a horse that is in colic crisis.  These points focus on the gastrointestinal system by working at the cellular level to remove blockages, relax and rebalance the body, and increase motility in the gut.  Normally results can be seen before the completion of the treatment, often with a complete turnaround within 30 minutes.
Once the crisis is over a cause should
try to be determined and addressed so that future reoccurrence is prevented.

Janet Crow
Janet offers courses in photonic therapy and The Touch and Torch Method™ on-site in Colorado and a Level Home Study Course.  For more information on treatments, courses, clinics, and demonstrations visit
www.naturalhorsepower.net, email janet@naturalhorsepower.net, or call (970)590-3875.

 

 

REVERSING SADDLE FIT DAMAGE WITH PHOTONIC THERAPY AND THE TOUCH AND TORCH METHOD™

Damage caused by ill-fitting saddles is a cause of many equine physical conditions that can also result in behavior and mental issues.  A saddle that does not fit properly can cause damage to a horse with just a few hours of riding.  Even the tell-tale white hairs on the wither area can appear this quickly.
  Saddles that are too narrow or placed too far forward can cause atrophy in the wither area, blockages, damage to the thoracic area, and rigid and spasmodic muscles in the compensating shoulder/scapula area.  All of these issues will cause blockages and imbalances in the entire musculoskeletal system that can result in a number of movement and lameness conditions.
Saddles that are too large or placed too far back can cause damage to the loin area and the lumbar vertebrae.  When the lumbar vertebrae are continually damaged by an ill-fitting saddle it eventually leads to arthritis and pain in those joints as well as other musculoskeletal compensation issues.
Rider weight and balance is also critical to a proper fitting saddle and comfort of the horse.  A horse will compensate with his own body to offset rider imbalances that can also create musculoskeletal damage to the horse if continually repeated.  As riders we can help the horse’s comfort level by riding as balanced as possible and trying not inhibit the horse’s natural movement with your body or the saddle.

THE TTM™ TREATMENT

To reverse saddle fit damage with TTM™ I begin direct treatment at the source by removing the blockages within the affected muscles to restore the circulation and enhance the flushing process.   After the blockages are removed from the initial trauma area muscle restoration is begun on the excessive compensating muscles.  As the more critically damaged muscles are rehabilitated the secondary and underlying muscles are revealed and treatable.   Normally within 3-6 treatments the damage can be completely reversed and the horse can be properly fitted to a saddle and begin conditioning.

 

CHEX

Chex is a beautiful two year old Quarter Horse gelding bred for reined cow horse work.   He had been with a professional trainer and at the end of 60 days the owner was told to take him home.  The trainer said that Chex was lazy and would never amount to anything.  The owner was devastated and opted to get a second opinion before giving up on Chex.

When I first met Chex his disposition was sour, ears laid back, trying to bite, couldn’t stand still, and had no desire to be with humans at all.  The first thing I noticed, after the sour disposition, was the “hand-sized” patches of white hair and atrophy on both sides of his withers.  Further examination revealed excessive muscling in front of the scapulas and atrophy behind, narrowed chest, wasted pectorals, and wasted forearms that are all indications of an ill-fitting saddle.

To me, it was instantly obvious because of the severity of the damage that Chex surly was in pain.   I also attributed the “sour” disposition to this pain and that it was humans that had caused this pain.    
 
With the initial TTM™ treatment on Chex I was able to increase blood flow into the wither area; begin releasing the rigid compensating muscles, and start rehabilitation on the atrophied muscles.  Progress began immediately with a visual “plumping up” in the wither area and less rigidity in the affected muscles.   A total of six TTM™ treatments were performed on Chex in a two week period.  With each treatment progress was made and Chex started his training again and re-conditioning with a savvy trainer after his fourth treatment.
With each treatment not only did his physical condition improve but so did his disposition and attitude.  Even the white patches of hair on the withers disappeared within the treatment time.

What the trainer interpreted as lazy was really pain.   It turns out that Chex isn’t lazy at all and loves to work and play!


 

     Chex at his first show!   

I saw Chex at a show two months after I finished treating him.  I didn’t recognize him.  In just two months he had become conditioned, well muscled, balanced, and happy.  He can bend in half to slide stop, and he is great at working cows.    He is now a magnificent young horse with a promising future.

Chex was my first saddle fit rehabilitation case.  Unfortunately he was not the last.  Owner awareness is critical to preventing and correcting improper saddle fit.
Saddle fit damage is an equine condition that is completely controllable.


To learn about The Touch and Torch Method™ of visit
www.naturalhorsepower.net, email janet@naturalhorsepower.net , or call Janet at 970-590-3875.
Certification Courses in TTM™ are available in Colorado and a Level 1 Home Study Course.
Contact Janet to host a course in your area.