TKO, a 12-year-old thoroughbred, is led to a stall and greeted by Brian Colquhoun, a Morris County veterinarian.
inquires about TKO's
The horse has been favoring his
right side, Colquhoun
is told, and his
neck feels tight.
hand in the horse's mouth and examines his
The 21-year veterinarian takes a walnut-tipped pointer - a tool of his
own invention -- and brushes it along the horse's side.
flinches as the brush hits certain points - sometimes its a slight tremor, other times his
whole body shakes.
then inserts about a dozen 2-inch, stainless steel needles into TKO's legs and torso.
One even goes into his
Video: Veterinary acupuncture helps large and small animals maintain good health Veterinarian Brian Colquhoun practices equine acupuncture on horses to help their health and to reduce pain while the horses are being ridden.
"This is really a nice addition to the things we can do to keep a horse healthy," Colquhoun