The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation currently supports research and education in 13 veterinary schools. Research takes time to complete and more time to evaluate and publish. We are starting to see some research published in prestigious journals such as the American Journal of Veterinary Research and the Canadian Veterinary Journal.
The following research studies have been published:
Ness SL, Frye AH, Divers TJ, Rishniw M, Erb HN, Brooks MB. Randomized placebo-controlled study of the effects of Yunnan Baiyao on hemostasis in horses. Am J Vet Res. Aug;78(8):969-976.
Gellman, K. “Normal and abnormal equine posture”. Biol Open (2022) 11 (4): bio059139.
Faramarzi B, Lee D, May K, Dong F.“Response to Acupuncture in Horses with Chronic Laminitis.” Can Vet J 2017;58:823–827
Dodds, W. Jean. “Efficacy of a Half-Dose Canine Parvovirus and Distemper Vaccine in Small Adult Dogs – A Pilot Study. JAHVMA;41:12-21
Bush J, van den Boom R, Franklin S. Comparison of aloe vera and omeprazole in the treatment of equine gastric ulcer syndrome. Equine Vet J. 2018 Jan;50(1):34-40
Taguchi T, Koh R, et al, Agmatine for Pain Management in Dogs With Coxofemoral Joint Osteoarthritis: A Pilot Study. Front Vet Sci. 2018 Dec 12;5:311
An equine postural study has accomplished two things: First, it has created an objective way to evaluate improvement in gait and posture in horses who are in pain. This method is valid whether or not the horses show lameness. Often, back and muscle pain in horses leads to behavior to avoid that pain, which is misinterpreted as being resistant to a rider. This study has created a method to evaluate the stance of a horse which can be easily performed by a layman and interpreted by a computer program, as opposed to having an experienced veterinarian physically examine a horse and arbitrarily grading apparent pain on a sliding scale.
The second accomplishment was to validate the effectiveness of proper shoeing and trimming, as well as a physical therapy technique incorporating chiropractic and other rehab methods, in changing the posture of such horses from one that showed pain (before the treatment) to one showing a relaxed horse with a normal stance (after treatment). This can help validate other methods of therapy, including items such as osteopathy, acupuncture, massage therapy, etc., in a way that will satisfy those who want hard and fast numbers.