Sense of Urgency

2019 Equine Affaire

In November, HEAL attended the 2019 Equine Affaire in Springfield, Massachusetts. I would like to thank all the visitors who stopped by our booth and shared their journey managing a horse with chronic progressive lymphedema or chronic swelling.

Year after year the scenarios are all very similar. They experience the roller coaster ride of battling chronic swelling, additional vet expenses and a problem that never seems to go away. They know the next crisis is around the corner and it is not “if” but “when”! 

Here is a case in point!

A visitor came to the booth and shared the following:

Her horse is 27 years old and it seems every few months her horse experiences an episode of cellulitis, resulting in chronic swelling accompanied by not eating, fever and a call to the vet. Vet hinted at possibly euthanizing the horse because the problem will continue. But the visitor said this horse isn’t ready to go!

My thoughts ………………….!

According to the current statistics HEAL has collected “Be Part of the Research”, 78% of the swelling never goes away. Here is the “Sense of Urgency”; this simply translates that the chronic swelling is stagnant trapped lymph. It’s a recipe for disaster!

Colic, laminitis, chronic abscesses, choke, ulcers, leaky gut, etc., etc., non-productivity are robbing you of your joy and your finances!  The longer you wait to take control of the situation, the more time, money and emotional upset you and your horse will experience. The Sense of Urgency is to do something sooner rather than later

In a recent clinical study done on hospice patients who were 90 plus and extremely compromised, manual lymph drainage application was instrumental in the following ways: reduced the incidents of cellulitis, antibiotics use, positive change in disposition and gait.  HEAL has experienced similar results applying manual lymph drainage with horses who experience CPL and/or chronic swelling. 

As I explained to the visitor, I understand why your vet would recommend euthanasia.  I do believe she was acting in the best interests of her. Although this is a chronic progressive condition, it doesn’t mean it’s not manageable.

Chronic conditions require a multi-dimensional approach. Diabetes is considered a chronic progressive condition but it is manageable with the “right tools” and lifestyle changes. 

This is no different.  With the right education, skill set, and a multi-dimensional approach, this too can be managed. So, my question to you is: What are you waiting for?!

Fundamentals of Equine Manual Lymph Drainage –