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post #11 of 22 Old 09-21-2011, 05:53 PM
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Joe, we will agree to disagree.

My oldest sister is a vet in Mich. She is also a vet acupuncturist. She has seen remarkable differences in some of the animals she treats. Humans may have a "placebo effect" when getting acupuncture treatments.....animals don't.

So, you are welcome to believe as you do. Other people will allow their horses the benefits of what they believe can happen with chiro care.
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I have and i love the results. my horse is more comfortable (he's 21 with arthritis) and a smoother ride. i would highly recommend one!!

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some of them are a bit woo-woo for me, but I have also seen real results from others. Helps me, too, with MY neck. Feels so good!
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post #14 of 22 Old 09-21-2011, 08:08 PM
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Originally Posted by DraftXDressage View Post
Equine chiropractic is an extremely valuable and legitimate treatment (providing you use a knowledgeable, licensed equine chiropractor).
I have to agree with this post, from personal experience. At the beginning of last year I had never had experience with equine chiropractors. I knew I had a serious problem when out of nowhere my mare started to pull back/mini rear when saddled, and positively explode when mounted. After a few weeks of this behaviour I had her saddle checked, and my saddler found no issues with my tack, so he recommended an equine chiropractor, who I then called. She did an adjustment on my mare and gave me some specific excercises to do with her. two weeks later she came back, checked the mare over again and said her discomfort should have gone. I haven't had a problem with tacking up or mounting since.

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Originally Posted by Joe4d;
Staright up quackery, there is no real standards for even human chiropractice. There have been no conclusive actual sicientific studies showing it does much of anything on people. The schools are a joke, diploma mills. Get online and look at some studies. Not anecdotal evidence but actual studies.

I've never checked the scientific soundness of it all. But, before the chiropractor my mare was downright dangerous, after the chiro, she seemed her usual happy self. That's good enough for me. I personally would not hesitate to call the same lady out again. I agree some there are probably some fraudulent practitioners out there, but I would not condemn chiropractic methods as a whole, so on that front I have to respectfully disagree with joe4d

hope that helped some :)

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I know immediately when my horse needs an adjustment. Both of my horses are adjusted & massaged about 2 to 4 times a year. Once you get used to riding balanced horses and feel their backs rounding & neck lifting, then you ride the same horse and can't feel those muscles meet yours as supplily as before, you know it's time for an adjustment. A more attuned experienced rider feels this in their horse.
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post #16 of 22 Old 09-21-2011, 08:28 PM
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I can tell you a story on my self.
I have used a equine cyro for 10 yr.
3 yr ago my back when out. I could not feel my right leg. I had a Dr. look at me she said the only thing was surgery. I really did not like that at all. I could not stand sit or walk. The pain was horrible. People were saying go to a cryo and see what they say. I was a sceptic I don't know why but I was. I knew that the equine ones help my horse so why would a people one not help me.
I am able to walk and ride again I have my life back. If it was not for a cryo I would not be able to do these things at all.
So choose what ever side you want but when it saves your life you will know it.

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post #17 of 22 Old 09-22-2011, 01:39 AM Thread Starter
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I am seeing one for a neck injury and it has helped thats why I was wondering about it for horses. Anyway thanks for the replies sounds like that it is a more common thing than I thought.

I was wondering how much it cost for everyone too, just to get an idea of what I should expect to pay. Thanks
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I found one amazing Chiropractor this year.

His name was Lane (Not sure about the last name) but he told me everything that was wrong with my horse without me even saying the horses name. He told me that my horse liked spinning to the left rather than the right. He told me she dumps on her front end too much. She doesn't like the right lead. She doesn't like her face messed with. Her right shoulder falls too much in her circles and she bucks and rears sometimes.

About my gelding, he told me all the problems in our barrel runs and everytime he made an adjustment, Rebel would turn and look for a long moment at the spot he just adjusted. By the end he was leaning on him for more, especially on his hips. Everytime, without fail, Rebel would point to where Lane had just worked.

I was truly inspired. By the looks Lane was just an old beaten down cowboy...But he made my two horses a million times better!

On that note a few years ago I also had a bloody idiot who asked me where the stifle was on a horse.

Moral of the story? Pick one that knows what they do and does it wel!

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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Originally Posted by Joe4d View Post
Staright up quackery, there is no real standards for even human chiropractice. There have been no conclusive actual sicientific studies showing it does much of anything on people. The schools are a joke, diploma mills. Get online and look at some studies. Not anecdotal evidence but actual studies.

Anecdotes are the crutch of snake oil salesmen that have no scientific data to back up their claims.

Find a charlatan to dress up and do a dance around your horse while waving feathers and blowing pixie dust in the air. I am sure you can find people that will swear how great it is.
1) My vet is also a chiro and acupuncturist. When I got my mare, her hip was out of place you could clearly see it was uncomfortable her for lope. She was stiff and awkward. If you asked for it undersaddle, you got a bucking fit. A quick adjustment and she was fine. She was also being a total jerk about everything, particularly in touching her withers. Turns out they were completely out of whack and it was fixed last week.

2) I'm not entirely sure what would have happened to me if it weren't for a chiropractor last year. Over the course of a week, I went from having a normal caffeine-deprived-like headache to dry heaving from pain. I had no idea what ungodly force was giving me headaches painful enough to land me in the ER 3 times in a week. The second and third time I wasn't even given morphine, but dilaudid, which is 8x stronger. That was the only thing that allowed me to sleep or eat. When I wasn't in the ER, I was lying in bed in the dark with my head between pillows, trying to sleep because my head was in so much pain. I was given a lumbar puncture and various other treatments for cluster headaches and severe migraines, but the doctors were stumped.

It wasn't until the last ER visit that the nurse suggested a chiro because they had no idea what was wrong. Turns out I twisted a vertebra in my neck from riding. My horse had stopped quickly several times before I was ready and bounced in my saddle hard. It took my chiro 4 seconds of feeling my neck to go, "Were you in a severe car accident?" He cracked my neck and the pain was instantly gone. I stood up like normal and walked out on my own. When I got there, I could barely walk I was in so much pain.

The same thing started to happen this year, but I felt it before it got worse and went and got my neck adjusted again.

In case you couldn't tell, I am a fan of chiropractors.

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I am in BC Canada. Horse Chiro charges $135 for 2 visits, both visits include massage.
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