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post #11 of 19 Old 07-17-2012, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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Why exactly should a vet check her for lameness? And we only have an all around large animal vet and an ortho vet. Would the ortho vet be the one to contact about her soreness?

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post #12 of 19 Old 07-17-2012, 11:09 AM
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Chiropractic adjustments can benefit a horse immensely. My horse sees one as needed.

The chiro will check your horse and watch it track to determine where the horse may need adjustment. Some chiros use a mallet to help get the alignment back, some don't. I've had both done on my horse and didn't notice a difference in my horse from one type of adjustment to another.

When you are palpating your mare's back, make sure you are using enough pressure to get a true reaction and not just irritating your horse. Put one hand lower on her abdomen, almost to the flank. When you hit a truly sore spot or a spot where she is put of alignment, you should feel a muscle spasm.

A general vet may not be trained in chiropractic adjustment. Definitely do your research to find a commendable and efficient chiro.
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post #13 of 19 Old 07-17-2012, 11:29 AM
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For once I agree with Joe!!

I use a REMT, a good farrier, a good vet and I learned how to ride in alignment. My massage therapist basically only works on my horses TMJ which is basically gone (he had it from before I bought him) and does therapeutic massage/stretching to keep him from becoming muscle bound. That along with correct riding and a conditioning program keeps him from getting injured in the first place. For 80-90% of horses a chiropractor is not needed, IMO. Abuse/rescues and horses with unbalanced riders and inconsistent work programs are prone to injury and may need outside intervention, but a normal riding horse should not IMO.
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post #14 of 19 Old 07-17-2012, 02:16 PM
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I have never had it either.
Except for myself

But I have heard people speak so highly of it, how it has literally saved their horses' lives, and I'm sure any horse could benefit from getting checked out by the chiropractor.

Are you sure that your tack is fitting correctly? Saddle soreness could be an issue. A professional saddle fitter could also be beneficial to you, but I think a chiropractor will probably be able to assess things from a more medical perspective for you.

Good luck!

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post #15 of 19 Old 07-17-2012, 03:25 PM
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i agree with saddle fit, thats why gypsy needed chiro. her back traces a medium but she prefers a narrow tree....

i think if your horse needs chiro on a regular basis, something is wrong. but once or twice a year is no biggie.

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post #16 of 19 Old 07-17-2012, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Well I am thinking that when she was preggers or foaled something could have happened, which, correct me if I am wrong, sounds possible. We have a couple of very good chiros out here. Only 2 that I have had recommended though. I have had 1 masseuse recommended. I will check her again as recommended by placing my hand on her abdomen and then feeling for spasms. As far as saddle fit goes, I have been riding a lot of bareback lately so no saddle lol. Once I get her topline built up a bit more she is going to get fit for a saddle. She responds to me amazingly when we ride bareback though so I almost don't want a saddle.....

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post #17 of 19 Old 07-17-2012, 07:46 PM
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After foaling? That is a perfect time for an adjustment & massage. And try to find a chiro that is a massage therapist as well.
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post #18 of 19 Old 07-17-2012, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Ok perfect! I will look into getting one out later this week. Although since they are so few and far between here they like to do multiple horses at once so it may be a battle to get him out. we will see!

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post #19 of 19 Old 07-20-2012, 05:14 PM
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My mare had some bad back/rear end problems that we fought with for more than a year. I when through Chiropractic and Acupuncture (he does both) and since we worked with that she is completely sound. Great results and well worth the money. If he is flinching from rubbing his back he likely needs an adjustment, a solid chiropractor will be able to tell you what is causing it too as long as you can provide detailed information about your tack. training routine etc. goodluck!
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