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    07-01-2009, 05:22 PM
Green Broke
Here's the exact wording:

The Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners in consultation with their legal counsel at their 1996 September meeting determined that "treating animals is not within the scope of chiropractic in Oregon....even with a referral from a veterinarian. The Board advises that chiropractic physicians refrain from the treatment of animals.". The unqualified veterinarians attempting equine chiropractic are practicing within the law, but their lack of chiropractic knowledge leaves question as to their abilities.

This is from, Understanding Chiropractic Care for Your Horse, booklet by Michal Partington DVM, Certified Veterinary Chiropractor.

For awhile he was one of a tiny handful of equine chiro's. The stories he told of regular chiro's working on horses and the bad results would curl your toes. Now thankfully there are more equine certified.
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    07-01-2009, 06:43 PM
Originally Posted by hotreddun    
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 do you know they're "off"...bucking a little less enthusiastically
That is funny Hotreddun!

I called his office but they were closed for the day.

Solon, I did a general search for an equine chiro and came up with nothing, that's when I called the Horse Barn, do you know of any place that I could search for one that's certified? I would appreciate it.

If not, thanks anyway.
    07-01-2009, 06:55 PM
Good news!!

I put in "Certified Vet Chiro" like you had Solon and got a few hits and the first one I found was a list of cert equine chiros and the man I am having is on the list!!

His name is Mark McCann from Wis, he's about half way down the list

Glad you kept at me to find out cause now I feel even better.

Here's the list:

Qualified AVCA Doctors to perform animal chiropractic on yor horse, dog, cat or exotic - spinal manipulation, adjustment
    07-01-2009, 07:35 PM
Green Broke

That makes me feel better for you and your horse!!!!
    07-03-2009, 02:08 PM
I've had an equine chiropractor adjust my horses twice with good result. But... if the muscles around the misalignment still hold the wrong position, it's likely that the misalignment will occur again. Therefore it's best to get an equine massage practitioner out to massage the horse - if possible - before and after, the treatment. There are different opinions out there, but it makes sense if you think about it. The muscles tighten and go into spasm to maintain balance with the misalignment. Once that's gone, the muscles do not automatically 'spring back' to normal...
    07-06-2009, 10:55 AM
The chiro just left after doing an adjustment on Tucker.

I really liked this guys work and Tucker actually trusted him. No snorting or jumpiness.

I told him that having no experience with laminitic horses that I really don't know if his lameness is an ongoing laminitis thing or if he's out of adjustment.

He said that even though he didn't have a hoof tester that he pressed pretty hard on his feet with not a problem that you would see on a laminitis horse.

That confirms my belief too.

He was out of adjustment and he says that I should now give him a 30 minute stall rest and then to let him out and go about his day as usual.

Tomorrow I am to exercise him on a lunge line or free lunge him at a walk each way for 5 minutes and then add trot for 5-10 minutes if there are no signs of stiffness or pain.

On the third day I can resume normal exercise. If horse is stiff, progress more slowly back into normal routine.

I have high hopes that this will get him back to normal. He is so close, but still not 100%. I'm praying by this time next week I will have my old boy back!
    07-06-2009, 04:38 PM
Just an update, it's been 6 hrs since he's left and my horse is way worse than when he came!

Somehow I don't think that's supposed to happen.

We'll see what tomorrow brings at this point.
    07-06-2009, 04:42 PM
Give it a little time, sometimes they appear worse before they get better because they aren't used to the adjustment, and it can make them feel a little "achey" at first. Same thing happens to humans sometimes.

If it's still bad tomorrow, then maybe get concerned.
    07-06-2009, 04:47 PM
Originally Posted by goldilockz    
Give it a little time, sometimes they appear worse before they get better because they aren't used to the adjustment, and it can make them feel a little "achey" at first. Same thing happens to humans sometimes.

If it's still bad tomorrow, then maybe get concerned.
Thanks for the hope, I needed it!
    07-07-2009, 12:57 AM
Depending on how long he was "out" may determine how long it will take to get him back. If it has been a long time, then the muscles may pull it back out of alignment. My barrel horse took 3 visits and corroboration between the chiro and farrier on the last visit to get him to stay aligned. We used liniment on him to help relax the muscles after the first adjustment, I put him on dac Herbal Respond for a couple of days too.

My two younger horses needed slight adjusting on the second visit and were 100% when she checked them a third time. Visits were 7 to 10 days apart.

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