Originally Posted by Joe4d
yes take the money you were going to pay chiropractor, put it in the fire place on a cold night and light it on fire, at least that way you'll get some actual benefit.
These people are snake oil salesmen plain and simple. Any benefit is purely the result of a projected plecobo effect. Not even the American Chiro association , itself not very well respected, recognizes horse chiro.
You've mentioned your horse doesnt even have a problem. I bet your chiro finds all kinds of issues, that of course he/she and her spirit guide can correct for you with ongoing treatment.
Sounds like your dad is a smart man, maybe you ought to listen to him.
That's quite the "debbie downer" reply (to put it nicely), but to each his own.
Let me just say this to the part of your response that I have bolded: So just because you "don't suspect a problem", you should never go to the doctor? Tell that to the thousands of people who die every year due to a clot from high cholesterol or high blood pressure that is built up. But they "didn't have a problem" and didn't notice any symptoms, so why go to the doctor for preventative care and have your vitals checked?
Or the thousands of people who have glaucoma but "don't have a problem" so they never see the eye doctor. Until they've already permanently lost most of their peripheral vision is when they finally notice an issue, which by then it is much too late, the damage is already done. When it could have been prevented with early preventative care from an eye doctor. PREVENTATIVE CARE. That's the name of the game.
Or maybe you think all doctors are snake oil salesmen. Tell that to a personal friend of mine who is currently in the hospital (and not doing well) at the young age of 62 because he had a stroke, because over 95% of his internal carotid artery was blocked. But guess what? He didn't suspect a problem, so he didn't go in.
Farriers are snake oil salesmen. For crying out loud, they make you come back every 4 to 6 weeks to do the exact same thing again they just did last time. ....... see?
If was able to give my horses proper preventative care years ago, I wouldn't have had to put down my Beau last year at the young age of 14 due to severe arthritis. We would have caught it sooner and treated accordingly. And guess what? He didn't get preventative care because my dad
didn't think he needed it. Horses were a hobby. They didn't get special care unless they were practically dying. I love my parents and am so very thankful I had them to help me financially while I was in school, but part of me is very sad
that I couldn't help my horse sooner before it was too late. My dad's a penny pincher and I do not blame him for that one bit, as he's been able to keep afloat while farming and ranching.
From that saddening experience, my horses will NEVER go without proper preventative care.
They are going to see the lameness expert every year (minimum) for a lameness evaluation. Yes, and that's even if they aren't lame. There's things she can pick up in an evaluation I would have no idea about.
They are going to see the dentist at least every year. Again, this is something my horses NEVER had because my dad thought it was an extra.
And they ARE going to have regular chiropractic checkups. It's another medical tool of preventative care that is going to help keep them healthy for long aged years.
That's totally fine if you don't believe in chiropractors. But I've never seen someone so disrespectfully dis them.