But the results were less than she'd hoped and the horse continues to suffer from lameness issues. Songline was a renowned eventer and Trakehner stallion before the injury. Now, Flaig just wants to give the horse relief and, if possible, a new life as a dressage horse. "We were looking for an alternative. He already had surgery once. I feel doing this, we can't go wrong, and with surgery we can make it worse," said Flaig, who traveled from Tampa for Songline to have the treatment. Xie recently inserted several needles into Songline's back and affected leg, then connected some of the needles to an electrical current. Within minutes the horses lower lip began to droop, a sign of a relaxed horse. "The endorphins released have a morphine-like effect.
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