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Dr. Ina Gosmeier leads the horse world in her area of specialization. A classically trained veterinarian, she supports her Western medical practice with knowledge gained through the study of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This handbook provides a basic introduction to the guiding principle of determining a horse's type before making decisions about handling, care, training, or treatment.
According to TCM there are five horse types, assignments that are based not only on the horse's behavior, but on his build and body conformation, as well as diagnosis of his tongue and pulse. A TCM type description helps the horse owner and rider assess the horse more accurately, promote the horse's training and well-being in a targeted manner, and troubleshoot existing and potential rideability problems. This book shares 11 case studies of horse types "in harmony" and "in disharmony to demonstrate how the five horse types can be applied on day-to-day basis as well when treatment for injury or illness is necessary. Basic instructions for DIY acupressure and herbal therapy for health maintenance over the long term are also included.
Dr. Med. Vet Ina Gsmeier studied veterinary medicine at the University of Giessen in Germany, after which she obtained specialized certification in acupuncture, undertaking additional studies in Chinese herbology at universities in China and Switzerland. Since 2002, she has been responsible for the horses on the German national teams at championship events and in international competition, where her job is to maintain the health, well-being, and performance of the horses, using naturopathic methods.