31st August 2017
By Robert Kirsch
Robert Kirsch – Equine Acupuncture and Animal Therapy
Specialising in treating animals using acupuncture and shiatsu massage.
Experience in treating horses, cattle and pets. Using a range of traditional and contemporary treatments, Rob has an uncanny success rate of restoring injured animals to health and performance horses to optimal fitness.
Locations cover most of NSW based around the Tamworth region.
$100 per treatment unless you are a regular or an organised group POA
Telephone: 02 6786 1549 (primary number as no mobile service at residence)
The amazing success of his work has produced many thankful clients. Many of whom have provided testimonials below. Rob has a solid reputation for reliability and results. He travels the Australian East Coast providing his equine acupuncture services.
Rob provides day and week horse acupuncture packages to agist, care and treat horses.
My horse had spasmodic lameness with some swelling around the coronet band. She was inspected by a vet and x-rayed without anything showing up. The vet said he couldn’t find any reason for her problem and had no answers. I approached Rob and he treated Jessica for 2 weeks every other day. The lameness went out and she was able to resume normal work.
Rob has treated our show horses with great success. We had a pony that was not able to be ridden due to a problem like Chronic Fatigue. Rob took him home and treated him for 3 weeks noticing a great improvement. We have been able to show him again at major shows and he is performing at the top level.
I approached Rob about checking my 21 year old gelding who was lame after working hard. Rob treated him and the lameness went, enabling me to work him the next day.
My horse went lame on the Saturday at Polocrosse and I asked Rob to have a look at my mare. Rob gave her a treatment and I was able to play my mare without a problem the following day.
I approached Rob at Albury Polocrosse Nationals 2004, as my son Simon’s horse (a 17 year old gelding) was out of sorts, not performing his normal self. A chiropractor had inspected the horse before we travelled to Albury and couldn’t find anything wrong with him.
Rob checked him over finding some muscle soreness and treated these points as well as giving him a chi flush clearing all meridians, This made a notable difference to Simon’s horse. He treated him again in 2 days, and gave him a pick up treatment before playing the final. Simon went on to be awarded the best no. 2 and best under 21 man player at the Nationals, as well as their team taking out the under 21 open title.
John Greenwood asked me to check his son Josh’s horse at the Albury Polocrosse Nationals as he was not right. I found muscle soreness and gave him treatment for this as well as a chi flush to clear and boost all meridians, Josh worked him finding him much improved. I then treated the horse again in 2 days. Josh went on to be part of the winning under 21 open side as well as taking out the best no. 3 in the grade.
My horse tied-up badly at the Polocrosse Masters, Rob offered to treat the horse and being a sceptic about acupuncture I said OK. I went on to play the horse the next day, which I would not have been able to without the treatment.
Just a quick note to let you know how Leo (big horse with stringhalt) is getting on. He is feeling much better and was running around the paddocks a couple of Thursdays ago (the day after the last time you saw him) and he was even kicking out at Cooper which he has not been able to do before! Along with the massage therapy you have shown me.
I am very pleased with the outcome and I think Leo is too! As I said before, I have not seen him have a spasm since you came out last, he looks much more relaxed and his eye is a lot softer. Thank you for all of your help and concern about Leo – his condition has improved immensely from your help, he is in a lot less pain and enjoys life more!
Amber Hedgcock (March 2006)
Does anyone need an acupuncturist out to see their horse? Leo’s acupuncturist lives in Tamworth and I am trying to persuade him to come up to do a session on Leo. He has magic hands – he first saw Leo as a crippled horse who could hardly move (this is not exaggerating) and after 2 sessions with Rob, he was like a mad horse running around like a 2 year old using acupuncture and bowen therapy alone – no pain killers!
I had the vet out to Leo first and I feel that he misdiagnosed him as the treatment (bute for the rest of his life – up to 3 sachets a day) didn’t work so I looked for alternate treatment. Leo is now on no pain killers at all and with acupuncture every 2-3 months, he can strut his stuff around the paddock and is not lame or showing any soreness at all.
Anyway, to get Rob to come up again, I need to make it worth his while and get a few appointments lined up for him. Last time Rob was not available I called another acupuncturist (his invoice for the service was approx $240 – but he did have a couple of injections) and others are not taking on any new clients (it is hard for existing clients to get in anyway!) there are not many other alternatives. Rob charges $80 for a treatment and is well worth it!
Amber Hedgcock (June 2006)
I was selected to be part of the 2000 Olympic opening ceremony of which was a spectacular musical ride of 120 horses. My horse had always been a Polocrosse horse without troop drill or flag experience and was also quite a flighty horse. He would jig jog at a walk and wasn’t accustomed to clapping or waving flags in the wind
Rob began treating my horse 20min before each night practice and our major performance, with a calming acupuncture point. My horse was a totally new horse and I even had to tell Rob that I didn’t need it a few nights because the previous night he was too quiet and lazy. I have since ridden this horse again in the Stockmen’s Ride at Newcastle and Sydney shows without a problem.