The first Light Therapy device I owned was a $5,000 two device system intended for working with horses. The tool was a scanner system. The machine wrapped around your waist and you had a couple options regarding the scanning sensitivity. The scanner sent a micro electric current through the horse’s body and it would beep when it found an imbalance. I had to make sure to ground myself by applying a wet sponge to the horse as I scanned it. When the machine beeped I would mark that area with a green water crayon. This was a sophisticated system of wetting the crayon on the sponge that you used on the horse (and other horses before) or wetting the crayon with your saliva. Once the whole horse was scanned and marked I would get the second part of the device, the Lights.
The Lights were also a machine that went around my waist. Usually, the best approach was to put the scanner on one hip and the Lights on the other hip. It became a tool belt of sorts. The Lights had settings as well. Settings for up to three different Nogier Hertz Levels which could be set to run for 20 seconds, 30 seconds, one minute, or two minutes. I rarely used one or two minutes. I’d hold the Lights, which were red (660nm) and near infrared (880nm), to the green dots on the horse and the magic would begin. The horse would lick and chew, it would sneeze, pass gas, stretch, and yawn. I would go back and re-scan the horse. Usually the beeps would clear and the horse would be much more relaxed and happier. If a point didn’t clear, I would try the Lights again.
It was a good device. I learned a lot from using it. For instance if I scanned barrel racing horses many of the same points would show up. If I scanned hunter/jumper horses, they would have similar points show up. However, the scanner wasn’t always dependable. I couldn’t scan a wet or sweaty horse. If my scanner was broken it might be too sensitive and beep too much. It could also be broken and not beep at all. I would send the scanner in for repair, which took about a week for shipping, a week for repair, and then a week to ship back to me.
The scanner was never as dependable as using my hands to evaluate the horse. When I began using the Light Therapy device, I made sure to take a course in knowing how to use it on horses. It was my Equine Light Therapy Certification. What I didn’t know when I took that course was how much of it revolved around learning to evaluate the horse by hand. Developing the muscle memory and having an understanding of the horses reactions when you evaluated them. Watching their ears, their eyes, and knowing when they were saying,”No. Do not touch my hock!”
Once I had the muscle memory for a equine evaluation down, I could assist a horse quicker and easier. I didn’t have a sponge to hold and I didn’t have a bulky machine around my waist. When I became confident in my evaluation, then I became confident in using a Red Light Torch. Torches are much more financially friendly, they fit in my purse, in a pocket, or on my belt easily.
I’m grateful for the BioScan / Sumerell / InLight Equine Therapy device that got my Light Therapy Instructor journey on its way, however, I would never go back to it. In late 2019, we completed an ONLINE course to teach horse lovers how to assess their own horses and use targeted red light to bring them back into balance! If you are interested in empowering yourself to provide targeted light therapy (a.k.a. Photopuncture) for your horses – check our our new course: THE PHOTONIC HORSE!