• Kathryn Hulland

Iridology - What is it and how could it help your horse?

Last year I was introduced to the fascinating practice that is iridology. I can sense and see things from just looking at the eyes of a horse, but I never realised just how much information was stored there. Did you know that 300,000 nerves from various parts of the body make their way to the optic nerve? The nerve endings in cells transmit messages via the optic nerve which then show up as markings in the iris, providing a wealth of information. Markings, textures and colourations indicate which organs, structural areas and body systems are under stress, inflamed and not performing optimally.

Using the information gathered from an iridology assessment an action plan can be formed to help support the horse. It can highlight areas of inflammation or stress. It helps an owner/practitioner assess where to start offering remedies for self selection, or what herbal support might be appropriate for ongoing support for your horse once his/her immediate needs have been addressed. It also helps an owner to make appropriate management decisions for their horse like lifestyle and diet.

Holistic Equine Iridology is a non-invasive technique and involves shining a light into the corner of each of your horse’s eyes to observe markings and usually taking photographs of your horse’s eye (which can be better analysed on a computer).

Faye Stacey introduced me to the practice at People 4 Ponies, where I helped positioning a few ponies whilst she took photos and later analysed them. Having seen some initial photos, and then later ones once the right treatment had been put in place, I was amazed to how see how the markers have changed as the health of the pony improved. Why had I never heard of Iridology before now?!

What Can Equine Iridology Detect?

Some of the things Iridology can help detect include:

• Past and present imbalances in internal organs/body tissues;

• Injuries;

• Inherited behavioural and physical traits;

• It can reveal old issues;

• It can indicate where issues may be developing;

• The eye can show imbalances before physical symptoms appear.

Faye is a qualified Equine Iridologist and has a diploma in Holistic Equine Iridology gained by studying with the Catherine Edwards Academy. She has an extensive knowledge in treating horses with laminitis. Iridology can provide clues about where imbalance might lie - by holistically understanding our equine(s) - their strengths and weakness, how they need supporting and getting the correct specific nutrition...for laminitics it can then be possible to use targeted nutrition to optimise health. You can read about her Iridology and laminitis rehab services, more benefits and what it can't help with on her website here


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