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Shi-animal-atsu(TM) (shiatsu) for horses

For shiatsu for horses course dates, please go to our Course Calendar page, here.

When we witness adverse behaviour patterns or ill-health in our animals it means their bodies are experiencing disharmony and discomfort often leading to musculo-skeltal problems including chronic and subtle lameness and stiffness.

Of all the animals on earth we ask more of the horse and dog than perhaps any other animal, therefore putting them at risk of emotional and muscular weakness problems.

“Jacqueline, Your enthusiasm and encouragement are
an inspiration, thank you for helping to extend my shiatsu to horses”. (Elaine Liechti MRSS, Secretary of the Shiatsu Society
from 1981–1990, Director of the Glasgow School of Shiatsu).

What is Shi-animal-atsu?
Shi-animal-atsu(TM) is a style of shiatsu developed by Jacqueline Molony for animals only, a form of acupressure, a sister therapy to acupuncture. Instead of needles we use our hands, using gentle pressure, stretches and articulations to bring about beneficial changes.

Muscles all have jobs to do
It takes many muscles working together to produce a supple, balanced movement in the body of the horse. The flexor muscles contract to make their joints articulate. The joint is then straightened by contraction of the corresponding extensor muscles. The abductor muscles carry the limb away from the midline of the body whilst the adductor muscles bring the limb towards the body. From this you can see how everything works in partnership and balance to bring about successful movement.

Some of the first signs of the horse’s body struggling to function correctly are muscle soreness, stiffness or pain, to also include behavioural problems through their body's discomfort and pain and in some cases all of these combined.


Charlie had been stable bound for three years after being diagnosed with Laminitis.

You can see the difference in him after just two treatments of Shi-animal-atsu with Jacqueline Molony.


(before treatment)




(after two treatments)

Just some of the problems that Shi-animal-atsu can help your horse with:

  • Biting, rearing or bucking  when being ridden 
  • Difficulty being calm
  • Signs of discomfort when being stroked
  • A reluctance to exercise
  • Back pain and in many cases a sore back that cannot be touched
  • Stiffness or pain after exercise
  • Lameness after a fall or accident where alternative causes have been ruled out
  • Uncharacteristic changes in behaviour, performance or temperament
  • Training problems
  • Loading, saddling or rugging problems
  • Unable to be stroked or touched around the head and ear area
  • General weakness
  • Flinching away and biting when being touched
  • Lameness, unexplained lameness, limb-dragging or odd, irregular action
  • Recurrence of symptoms
  • Showing signs of stable vices such as weaving, crib biting or box walking
  • On prolonged medication with no real long lasting effect
  • Head shaking
  • Tilted or unsteady head
  • Resistance to 'going forward', working into a contact
  • Hollow through back
  • Lack of engagement from quarters
  • Tripping
  • Dragging toes

‘Learning could not have been made easier, visit the courses page for further information on the courses available for horses and dogs.’ 

What are the benefits of shi-animal-atsu(TM)?
Among the many benefits are: early recognition and treatment of problems before they escalate: treatment and elimination of musculo-skeletal problems such as chronic and subtle disease to include stiffness, maintaining suppleness, reducing susceptibility to injury, maximising physical potentials, activating the immune system, stimulating the circulation, the nervous system and the release of hormones, including endorphins, the bodies own natural painkiller, alleviating emotional problems such as stress, frustration, anger, nervousness and anxiety.

‘Shi-animal-atsu is an alternative to medication for many horses’

How does shi-animal-atsu work?
Our bodies as well as our animals have a natural source of energy that flows along energy pathways called ‘Meridian lines’, these meridian lines relate to all major organ functions. The Meridians take energy from muscle to organ and vice versa. If a meridian becomes damaged either by accident, birth, over work or just general wear and tear, then the energy flow becomes weak or non existent. This is repaired by gently stimulating the bodies natural healing, stretching the meridian line and pressing the energy points helping the body to become aware of its own imbalances. 

The meridian lines on the horse

As a qualified riding and carriage driving instructor and a successful event rider together with her experience in healing it has given Jacqueline more than enough tools to assist the 21st century competitor and all the problems that they can encounter.

Please call 01547 530871 / 07721 739973 or email shiatsu-for-people-horses-dogs@hotmail.com to discuss whether shi-animal-atsu can help your horse’s problem or to arrange a treatment for your horse with Jacqueline.

Interested in working with horses as a career? To find out how you can, visit the courses page where you like many others can help horses too.

Activities with Horses & Dogs can be dangerous. Do not attempt any therapy techniques without proper education or supervision. Jacqueline Cook Molony and the establishment of Roseheart Kingdom is not liable for unqualified practitioners applying healing techniques or the improper use of any therapy techniques which may result in injuries sustained by a horse, dog or human in the practice of them.

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