Page 40 - The Hunt - Summer 2018
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For animal health
By Carla Westerman Photography by Jim Graham
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centuries-old Chinese medical treatment is gaining a loyal following among some Chester County horse and pet owners. New Bolton equine field vet Dr. Meagan Smith has been using acupuncture on horses for the past five years, and both she and the owners have been pleased with the results.
“It’s gratifying to hear owners say that when they get on to ride the day after acupuncture treatment, they feel there’s such a difference,” says Smith, who spends her days traveling between horse farms to treat her patients.
While acupuncture for humans is ever more widely accepted, fewer people are aware that it can also be used for animals. Smith’s patients, whom she describes as “supreme athletes,” include race horses and those ridden for foxhunting, eventing and for pleasure.
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