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Aural Plaques in Horses
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Aural Plaques in Horses

"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." ~ Wayne Dyer

Like many of your horse’s health concerns, you can view aural plaque from varying perspectives. Most often, problems such as aural plaque are only from an objective perspective. Meaning, the aural plaque would simply be recognized as a result of a papilloma viral infection transmitted by biting insects that are carrying the virus. If we stick with only this knowledge and point of view, we must then accept that the lesions caused by the body’s chronic inflammatory response are purely controlled by external forces that are beyond prevention. The resolution, therefore, is limited treatment options of topical pharmaceuticals that offer minimal relief and often a low percentage of full recovery.

Is there another viewpoint from which to approach aural plaque? As with most other health conditions, the answer is yes. It is important that we resist accepting only the isolated viewpoint that objectifies the body ’s symptoms. To gain a new perspective, we need to take a few steps back and view the whole horse, the big picture. This big-picture approach still aligns and agrees with the understanding that the lesions formed are a result of a papilloma viral infection. Yet the plan of what needs to be addressed and the action steps that are recommended can look vastly different.

If the horse experiences undesired symptoms, suppress them. What has resulted from this practice is many horses on prescription medications, injections, and medical procedures that promote further concern or at the least will create a perpetual cycle of treatment and relapse if the lifestyle is not reviewed and imbalances addressed.

A whole-health solution is to look at the terrain theory viewpoint of health. The natural view of aural plaque concludes that a horse who contracts the papilloma viral infection does so due to an imbalanced, stressed, and dis-eased terrain. The focus will then be on the solution, which is to promote health, balance, and homeostasis. The opposite would be to focus on the problem, in this case, aural plaque, and fight it or suppress it. The concern with focusing on the problem is that what we focus on grows. 

Aural plaque may not infect all the herd of horses in the same environment, surrounded by the same biting insects carrying the virus, not all horses show signs and symptoms of infection such as aural plaque. Therefore, the  horses who do express signs of aural plaque are those who have a compromised terrain, which is what allowed the virus and pathogen to take over and offset the body’s compromised, creating a state of dis-ease.


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