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  • Can i use my percussion massager on my horse?

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    08-13-2008, 07:55 PM

What do you guys think of having horses adjusted? When do you know it is needed? Anyone have experience with is? How is it done (manually or with equipment)?
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    08-14-2008, 07:28 PM
It's great, if you have a good chiro as there are some cooks out there pretending.

I've been lucky with my horses as they will tell me in their own way that something is not right. My previous TB mare would let loose whilst being ridden (she had hip problems usually) and just be totally unreasonable and her daughter is the same (tends to twist her spine), while my stock horse used to do mini pigroots (contracted groin muscle).

My chiro (I use him for myself as well) does everything manually, but he also has a machine called a Thumper which is a percussion massager that loosens up the muscles where needed so that he can adjust the horse.
    08-14-2008, 10:17 PM
I don't support Chiro's..
    08-14-2008, 10:44 PM
I think they are great, & very helpful. For people as well!
    08-15-2008, 05:53 AM
Originally Posted by love-a-hero
i don't support Chiro's..
Would you mind detailing your thought? :) :) I would really like to get opinions from both sides of this, as I am very uninformed about it, and have never really considered it until recently.
    08-15-2008, 12:00 PM
LOVE THEM!! have to get a good one...meaning certified. My horse gets done every 3 months during competition season and you can tell he feels better after he gets done. On a personal note I go to the chiro myself every month. My horse's chiro and my human chiro actually give each other adjustments. My horse's chiro uses rubber mallets on my horses pelvis area and spine and then just uses his hands to adjust the neck, poll, legs, etc.
    08-15-2008, 06:42 PM
Green Broke
I have been using equine chiropractors for 15 years and it has made a notable difference.

My chiropractors have always used their hands only.

Aside from periodic treatments on the Arab for an injured vertebra that happened before I rescued him, the most notable treatment was on my then 3 yo Tennessee Walker.

All of a sudden Sultan could not hold his running walk for more than 50 or so feet without breaking into a trot.

My chiropractorl/DVM discovered that the playful young lad had managed to put his Atlas bone (head/neck area) and his sacrum (butt) both of out place. No doubt in the pasture because he was a fractious young man and loved to devil the alpha-dominant horse whenever he thought he could get away with it

She adjusted him with instructions to give him a week off. Ended up I gave him two weeks off. When I did ride him again he was a gaitin' fool with a beautiful classic head bob that Walkers have.

So my vote is for the chiropractor as long as they are qualified and can provide references

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