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post #1 of 19 Old 07-16-2012, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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Chiropractor care for equines

Hey all. I was recently feeling Hunny's spine and she flinched in a few spots. She has never had any kind of chiropractic care, and I am wondering what your opinions on it are.

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post #2 of 19 Old 07-16-2012, 07:32 PM
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I use a chiro twice a year, but I find they don't really do much good over a long period of time if you don't keep it up with equine massage. Chiro can adjust the back, neck, hips, whatever, but if the muscles aren't massaged to relax, they will push the bones right back to where they were. Also doesn't do much good if you have other problems further down, the horse is just compensating for being sore some place else and moves to accommodate that. Kind of like you having a pebble in your shoe, sure you can walk & run, but you will accommodate the irritation through your hips & spine. However if the problem of misalignment on your horse was from a trauma, such as a fall, pulling back, etc., then a chiro treatment is exactly what's needed, along with the massage. One without the other is not as effective IMO anyways.
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post #3 of 19 Old 07-16-2012, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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K thanks! I will try to get her adjusted then give a masseuse a call :) wow who ever would have guessed horses would be getting such spoiling care? Lol

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post #4 of 19 Old 07-16-2012, 10:07 PM
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I personally like having the chiro out. Most horses like it.
Anywho, if she's flinching, she's back-sore and shouldn't be ridden until she's healed.
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post #5 of 19 Old 07-16-2012, 10:12 PM
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save your money for real vet care. Not even other chiropractors recognize horse chiropractors.
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post #6 of 19 Old 07-16-2012, 10:24 PM
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K thanks! I will try to get her adjusted then give a masseuse a call :) wow who ever would have guessed horses would be getting such spoiling care? Lol
Try & find a chiro that does both, in fact I believe if a practictioner doesn't do both, I would be looking else where. Here in Canada, this is a certified profession. Also I agree with Joe to a certain extent, get a vet first, but one that specializes in lameness, your ordinary vet will probably not be of much help unless it is something obvious. A lot of times, horses won't be taking lame steps, but something is causing their backs to go out, whether it be a hock lameness, etc.
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post #7 of 19 Old 07-16-2012, 11:03 PM
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I did it once for my QH and now have to do it again 4 years later but I might do it every year. I like it and he does after and is so much better and during well his first and only one he bite my arm and my trainer held him after that but he was in pain so I didnt think about it later when he was better.
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post #8 of 19 Old 07-17-2012, 03:47 AM
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get a vet first, but one that specializes in lameness, your ordinary vet will probably not be of much help unless it is something obvious. A lot of times, horses won't be taking lame steps

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post #9 of 19 Old 07-17-2012, 08:51 AM
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my horse chiro is actually a vet too which is handy. She really knows her stuff !

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post #10 of 19 Old 07-17-2012, 08:52 AM
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save your money for real vet care. Not even other chiropractors recognize horse chiropractors.
what ?!

I actually know two human chiros that work on horses too...not that I would ever use them, I prefer someone who is a vet AND a chiro for horses. A regular vet can realign your horse.

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