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    06-30-2009, 02:55 PM
  #1
Foal
Chiropractor Experiences

I am having an issue with my 7 year old gelding.

He initially had an injury to the coronary band early March and as it was healing and growing out he developed laminitis either from grass or from standing off balance. Could be either.

Even knowing this I still think he's out of alignment from being off balance from the injury or laminitis. Among other things I've noticed that he will hold his tail off to the left quite a bit, not all the time, but too often.

What I would like to know is how was your experience with a chiro for horses.

The man I am having come next Monday is a human chiro who also does horses.

Good or bad experiences?

Thanks.
     
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    06-30-2009, 03:18 PM
  #2
Weanling
I have the chiro come out at least once every 6 months and adjust my OTTB. The last time, he did not really needed an adjustment so he is finally building up the muscle and holding it all in place. I like to use the chiro because he is just getting really started under saddle, and I am a heavier rider so I want to make sure his back is taken care of while he is gaining weight and I am losing :)

The first time I had her out, it was because he was lame in both hind but after one visit by the chiro his lamness was gone. Im not saying that is a typical reaction, but I swear by the chiro now.

He also would hold his tail to one side before she came out the first time.
     
    06-30-2009, 04:03 PM
  #3
Started
I have had the chiro out 3-4 times and has helped for sure.. Maddy was just generally "off" and we did everything from hand walking to x-rays and our last resort was the chiro and it worked wonders.

Just make sure the person is legit! :)
     
    06-30-2009, 04:05 PM
  #4
Yearling
As with all things horse related, references and word of mouth is the best way to find a good equine professional.

Good chiropractors are definitely helpful when your horse needs them. I have worked with a couple in the past (he/she did chiro, I did massage at same barn) and I haven't met one that seemed "off" yet.
     
    06-30-2009, 05:24 PM
  #5
Weanling
A good chiro/acupuncturist is awesome.
I have mine checked at least yearly, though I would prefer every 4 to 6 months.
I had my 2 yr old unbroken stud checked over in Feb and he was out in a hip, a shoulder, and 2 ribs. He had had several traumatic incidences with the people I got him from - flipping over, roped and dragged into trailers, etc, etc..... - so I wanted to make sure he was aligned prior to riding.
     
    06-30-2009, 05:49 PM
  #6
Foal
I just had five of my horses doen today, including my barrel horse, my stallion and three of my brood mares/trail horses.

Chiro's are AMAZING. You will see such a difference in your horses behavior/movement. YOu will not be dissapointed.
     
    06-30-2009, 06:20 PM
  #7
Green Broke
You need to have an equine chiropractor. NOT a human one. Very bad.

In most states human chiropractors that perform on horses are working outside the law. They are NOT qualified to work on horses. In Oregon they are not allowed to work on horses at all.

Be very very careful. It's so important when you have someone do this kind of work that they are a licensed equine chiropractor. Mine is great. He has to stand on a hay bale because Solon is 18 hands but just does wonders.
     
    06-30-2009, 09:12 PM
  #8
Foal
Thanks to all of you.

I got the name of this person from a local barn, they use him and are real happy with him.

I also called a lady outside of the barn who couldn't sing his praises enough.

As far as I know, he is only licensed as a human chiro. He may be licensed as an equine chiro for all I know.

I was just happy to locate one at all. He is an hour away from me as it is.

I am so happy to hear all the positives that have helped all of you and your precious equines!

I only hope that I have the same luck.

I will for sure be asking him more about his credentials when he gets here.

I sure wish I would have asked this question before I called him. Although truthfully I probably would have tried him with or without at this point.

Like I said, I am not even sure he's out of alignment, it could just be laminitis clinging on for dear life that's giving him the problem, in which case, the chiro wouldn't help that.

If the chiro is good though, it won't be wasted money, I think we all could benefit from a chiro now and then.

Many thanks to all of you!

I'll check back in with you after the appt. But for now, you've eased my mind.
     
    06-30-2009, 11:34 PM
  #9
Green Broke
You should call him before he comes out and find out if he's licenses for horses. Horses aren't the same as people which is why most Board of Chiropractic Examiners do not want their people working on horses.

It does work nicely. Our guy has us wait 3-4 (sometimes more) after an alignment before any regular riding.
     
    07-01-2009, 03:25 PM
  #10
Yearling
LOVE THEM! Just had my two horses as well as myself and my husband done yesterday. My guy comes every 4 months or so and does the whole family. He is licensed as both a horse and human chiro. Im surprised to hear what Solon posted...because in the state of Texas you MUST be a certified vet or human chiro to get the certifications for horse work.

As a side note I wanted to add...after he finished at my house my chiro was going to adjust rodeo bulls! Strange things... I was wondering...how do you know they're "off"...bucking a little less enthusiastically
     

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