By Educational Partner: Dr. Mercedes Colburn of Animal Iridology Center and member of the board of directors at the American Council of Animal Naturopathy
In my books and classes I have discussed the ‘four colors of inflammation’. These colored markings will show us the different stages that injuries show us from new to old, and even inherited.
The first stage, known as the acute stage, is a very light to white stage. This marking is showing a very inflamed (hot) and painful area. You will also see this color of a marking when the injury is new. This might be a good time to give your horse some ‘R & R’.
The next stage is called a sub-acute stage. This stage is a more yellow stage and a little bit darker color. This is also a painful sign but appears to be older and not quite as painful as the acute stage. The next stage is called a chronic stage and you will see this stage more than any other stage. This stage is showing that there was once an injury in this area but through time the body of the horse tried to heal itself or was lucky enough to have human intervention to help repair itself. Either way it is now showing weak and damaged tissue. The chronic stage should be a consideration when you are looking to purchase a new horse. If you are looking for a great trail horse, companion and/or best friend then I would not be too concerned with areas of chronic tissue showing. But if you are wanting a barrel, endurance or competitive horse, you might want to keep looking.
The last stage is called a degenerate stage and unlike the eye of the human this stage is showing you inherited problems from his ancestors.
When we are looking at healing in the eye of the horse. We are again looking for color. The horses show things a lot differently than other animals.
My personal horse, Baron-O-Lark, came to me with several injuries. The worse injury showing was in his hip. His hip was almost all in the sub-acute stage so I know he had been in a lot of pain for quite some time. He was a CA. Champion in western pleasure with a terrible reputation as being very difficult, hard to handle and some even said ‘mean’. They were all so wrong! To get Baron out of his situation I bought him and brought him home to my farm. After I was able to get him settled down and trusting me, Baron and I started “Equine Iridology”. I had cameras built and we traveled together and introduced equine iridology.
The last lesson that Baron showed me was how the eye showed healing signs.
Remember I said that Baron’s hip was in a complete sub-acute stage.
As he was healing there became a large spot (chronic color) inside the bright yellow sub-acute hip. As time went by the spot became much larger and with proper care and treatment, if Baron would have lived passed his 27 years, the spot would have cancelled out all of the white (acute) and bright yellow (sub-acute) and become a large chronic marking showing at one time this horse had a problem. The horse wears these markings as a record of health for the rest of his life.