Could a Chiro help with a weak hind end?

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    11-19-2013, 01:08 PM
Green Broke
Question Could a Chiro help with a weak hind end?

I'm not even sure where to start. MANY of you may of read stuff/ heard sstuff about Sunny. Recently, He has started crossfiring and become a bit stiff.. ON certain days. I have only been working him light: Trotting for 10 minutes and walking about 15 around my pasture and then done riding.

I am thinking about getting the chiropractor out for him.. It would cost $70 for the Initial Exam ( not doing any work on him- just checking him out) and then $45 for a farm call. Then more $$ for what work needs to be done( after we would go over pricing and everything of course)

I have decided to pay for anything except feed for Sunny unless an emergency, which my dad has offered to help with.( Im only 16)..

So would/ could a visit from a chiroprator help with issues Sunny has? Stiffness going into leads, left lead being off, and maybe with a weaker hind end? ? Thanks
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    11-19-2013, 05:48 PM
To answer the subject line generally, yes absolutely. But of course depends what's wrong, whether it's osteo, how old the horse, etc. Seen some fantastic results, even in mature horses that had sacro problems from birth trauma. I don't know if it's a general thing, but over here, like farriery, horse dentists, etc, 'horse chiropractics' isn't regulated(!) & I would be making sure to use a veterinary chiro or whatever the equivalent well qualified professional.
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    11-19-2013, 07:25 PM
Yes! Chiro helped my Paso Fino mare gait rather than trocha finally
    11-19-2013, 07:38 PM
Green Broke
Honestly, you need to take him to a good equine vet.

While chiro might help? You don't know exactly what is wrong, and that needs to be addressed first.
    11-19-2013, 07:41 PM
Green Broke
^^ The person that would be out to see him is ALSO an equine vet:)
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    11-19-2013, 09:05 PM
^ Another advantage to a vet chiro!
    11-19-2013, 09:51 PM
You should look into a disease called EPM... It killed my old gelding this year and one of our best stallions. It's a disease spread through the feces of possums and can get into your horse literally just about anytime they come in contact with grass or water that isnt controlled by humans... The left side being off and a weaker hind end sound alarming to me... EPM slowly paralyzes the horse - can only be detected by blood work but if your horse is old enough it can kill him. My gelding was 23 and the stallion we had was 18... Had another stallion test positive but he is only 13. Our vet said that since he's not as old, his immune system may be fighting it off for now.
    11-19-2013, 09:53 PM
Not trying to scare you, just want others to be aware... We had no clue what was getting our horses until a REALLY good vet suggested it... EPM is often mistaken for other neurological issues in horses - such as a pinched nerve or what have you.
    11-19-2013, 10:01 PM
^^ Want to add that not just EPM, but Lyme also could be a possibility (although my vet said that Lyme is often accompanied by the change of personality). So when your vet shows up ask to do blood tests for those!

Good luck! Hope nothing serious with your horse!
    11-19-2013, 10:18 PM
^^ Yeah, that's a possibility too! EPM usually starts in the rear end tho, that's what made me think of that... Have you witnessed him kinda stumbling in the rear or has he fallen anytime recently? I really wasnt trying to scare you, but sometimes with treatment horses can be saved... I wish I had known that with my gelding. I had him for nearly 15 years... Got him when I was like 6 and I loved that boy! It was tough losing him. And when I did more research and realized how mistaken EPM often is, I wanted more horse owners to be aware of what EPM is and what its symptoms are because catching it decently early is one of the only things that could help your horse..
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