It is common knowledge that a horse is not built to carry weight, however, nowadays that is the main task of modern horses. Therefore, the rider is responsible to maintain the horse healthy by using the right saddle and to ride the horse in a way that strengthens and stabilizes the equine back.
Very often saddle and rider lead to problems of the equine back resulting in pain. In Traditional Chinese Equine Medicine this kind of problem is called Qi- or Blood-Stagnation. There are a lot of local acupuncture points to relieve Qi- and Blood-Stagnation in the back as well as in the hind end and the neck. These points are not only excellent points of treatment; they are also able to pinpoint the location of the pain and can thus be used diagnostically.