02-10-2013, 08:09 PM
| || | I personally swear by using a chiropractor.
For years I've used them, though have not truly seen as much results until a couple of years back when I switched to a lady who also treats humans. She's at the top of the field for most equestrians in the area. Naturally she's a little more expensive, but for the results I've seen, I'm happy to pay.
Our freebie mare was given to us with the mention that she was sore. We noticed in a few days she was pretty stiff and walked quite close in behind. Though conformationally she is weak in behind, this was obviously an issue all the same that appeared to be contributing throughout her body. She had a history of being abused at one point (not by last owner though!) so we decided to get her checked out before really putting her under saddle. She was literally sore everywhere. Our chiropractor uses a manipulator gun which sends quick fire pulses to help adjust the area back into position better. I think that's why I see more results immediately. By the time her session was done, the mare was no longer standing crooked, in fact she had gained height within her entire body and stood square. She was brighter in the eye and incredibly relaxed. The chiro mentioned she would need another session a few months down the track, because the body had been in the same position for so long, with work and extra changes in her otherwise paddock puff ways, it would tire the body more easily and it would attempt to revert back. To her word, this happened and she was seen a second time. She was no where as bad, but because of this, the chiro was able to further help adjusting her and now she actually walks in behind with some space and ease.
With my own mare I think she just makes up excuses so she can get a good massage But we did have a saddle issue (unbeknown to me) which made her uneven and incredibly sore in behind. She was irregular in her stepping from behind and I immediately stopped work. By the end of the session with the chiro, Honey was back to standing incredibly well... and the chiro had praised me on my excellent job in maintaining her previous weaker areas and strengthening with exercises I religiously stick to.
On a whole, the horses never with this treatment seem to be in major discomfort. In Honey's case she will happily stand and drifts off to sleep by the end of it (and I gladly gain an euphoric horse for the next few days who is all too appreciative unlike her usual 'don't cuddle me too much' ways). Seoul has come to relax into the treatment by the second session, at first she was rather scared, understandably with all her issues. I find my chiropractor incredibly helpful, full of wonderful insight on the body and mind of the horse, gives advice and teaches me how to keep areas supple - something previous chiros have not shown me before. I see it as a long term wellness plan and get my horses seen every year, or earlier if any signs appear of soreness. Last year both girls were seen twice, and for optimal wealth and fitness, I don't see it as an expense that is burdensome.
In fact from feeling, seeing and truly experiencing the world of difference in both our mares from these treatments, I have actually recently gone to a chiropractor myself and started treatment... I have already found the process very helpful, and completely understand why Honey loves me after Joy has been out
Hope my over biased opinion helps in some way, haha!