Horse Owners

Has your horse been diagnosed with equine lymphedema?

Image 1As passionate educators, it is our belief that you have the right to the information necessary to make informed decisions that are best for you and your horse or the horses in your care. The value this curriculum provides the horse owner is empowerment. Through education, you will understand your horse's affliction and how to manage it. With the combination of knowledge and skill, you'll be empowered to help your horse, and the results can be so much brighter!
Equine lymphedema is challenging, but it is manageable. Join the Holistic Equine Academy of Lymphedema on a challenging and exciting journey of healing for both you and your horse.

Horse Owner's Guide

The Horse Owner’s Guide to Equine Lymphedema is focused on the horse owner who has a horse with lymphedema. Also valuable for non-medical equine professionals, this workbook provides a high-level overview of the equine lymphatic system so you can recognize and understand what is happening with your horse. We discuss what leads to equine lymphedema and how to recognize the symptoms, and we provide suggestions and resources to manage it. There are short quizzes at the end of each chapter. These are to help you learn. If you don’t remember something, go back into the course and find the answer. This course may be taken alone, but it is a prerequisite to the hands-on training described below.

Note: This is not a substitute for a medical diagnosis; please consult with your vet.

To purchase this workbook and start your journey with knowledge, click the button below.

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Certified Equine Lymphedema Therapists

If you want to know more about your horse’s condition, we offer personal consultation and support. Using pictures, email and phone, our expert therapists can help you assess your horse’s condition and guide you. (This is not medical advice. You must get a diagnosis from your vet.) If you would like one of our certified therapists to work with your horse, please check our database to see if one is available in your area. If there are none yet in your state, email us so we can discuss other options.

Be Part of the Research

In addition to the courses we offer, we are conducting research and gathering data to see just how many horses are afflicted with equine lymphedema and/or CPL and what factors may be contributing to this. We need your help. Please complete the brief assessment about your horse.

Are You a Rescue Facility?

Image 3We receive several inquiries a year from rescues seeking assistance for a horse with lymphedema. Sadly, when a horse owner loses hope, or can no longer afford to care for a sick horse, they often turn to the rescues. In order for you to recognize lymphedema or to determine if your rescue business can sustain the cost of taking in an afflicted horse, we highly recommend that the rescue staff go through our workbook, the Horse Owner's Guide to Equine Lymphedema.

With the knowledge you gain from this course, you will be able to make better, more informed business decisions regarding the horse with lymphedema. You will learn about this condition: how to recognize it, what are the causes, what happens at different stages, and what it takes to manage it appropriately. It will help you answer the following questions:

  • Could this horse possibly have lymphedema? If so, you will be able to speak knowledgeably with your vet to determine what stage the horse is in and its prognosis, so you can make an informed decision.
  • What’s the probability the horse can be placed in a new home?
  • If the horse is placed in a new home, what kind of support will your business provide the new owners so they can manage this condition effectively and efficiently?
  • If long term care is needed, is your rescue in a position to properly support the horse based on your current commitments, time and finances?
  • What plan or process do you have in place that will demonstrate you can make a positive change and outcome for this horse? For example, do you a have team of volunteers who can help manage the horse?
  • Is there a team leader that has a schedule and process to ensure this horse is taken care of everyday?
  • How will volunteer turnover be managed?

These are just a sample of questions every rescue business has to ask themselves when they are faced with the decision to take on a horse with lymphedema. The knowledge gained from our course will help you to determine if this is within your rescue’s mission. You can’t effectively manage something you don’t understand. Although equine lymphedema is not curable, it is manageable; however, it does require dedication and commitment.

If you do have, or take on, a horse or horses with this condition, we also recommend the hands-on course to enable your staff and/or volunteers to properly care for the horse. HEAL is always willing to help a worthy cause that will bring about positive change and outcome and will provide assistance with making an informed decision.