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post #11 of 16 Old 07-04-2012, 05:10 AM
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I use a horse chiro/massage therapist for my horses. Does it work? You betcha, HOWEVER, if the horse is constantly throwing something out of alignment, usually means there is something else wrong lower down that is causing the problem. That needs to be investigated first otherwise all an adjustment & a massage can do make the horse feel better for a short period of time before things are out of whack again. But if the
misalignment is caused by a trauma like landing a jump wonky or pulling back on a leadrope etc, a chiro is the person to call. Even if is another alimentary happening elsewhere in the body and is treated, I would still call a chiro/massage practioner to adjust afterwards.
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post #12 of 16 Old 07-04-2012, 08:10 AM
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I had my mare seen by a chiropractor back in March.

Absolutely do they work. My mare has visibly felt better and by the next day she was moving so much looser and freely. Best $90 ive spent on that mare.
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Wow! Thanks all for the interesting feedback! My horses have each been seen regularly by a vet and farrier and I think I might run the idea by them first before looking into scheduling a first appointment with the equine chiropractor. I agree with all of you in that it is important to weed out the "good from the bad" and I appreciate everyone's advice and stories! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
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post #14 of 16 Old 07-05-2012, 02:07 PM
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My vet is a chiropractor for horses too.
I've seen it work many times like night & day. I could type examples but those who already know they work don't need them & thoses who are skeptical don't either. I was a skeptic for a long time too until I had work done on myself & saw it work on horses.
I won't do deep muscle massage on my horses. I've seen a couple of horses who could barely move for days after a session. Now that person might have just been too rough but I won't take the chance.
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post #15 of 16 Old 07-05-2012, 02:57 PM
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My older (hes 11) gelding gets the treatment about every six months. But he is riddeb regularly and pretty hard. Hes used on a ranch and I also do jackpots on him in sorting and penning. The one i use also does acupuncture. So each trip runs about $180. And i can tell a difference.
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post #16 of 16 Old 07-05-2012, 07:33 PM
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I lost faith in chiropractic work when I was younger, and not one chiro I went to could give me any relief from the pinched nerve in the right side of my back, going down my arm. Fast forward 10 years and I found a chiro by accident that was actually worth my money. She took x-rays, created a back crack routine and put me in physical rehab. Its been 5 years and I've yet to feel my pinched nerve. The deterieration in my arm was so severe I had lost a lot of muscle in it. She rebuilt that muscle, but I don't have any reflexes in my right arm anymore and it goes to sleep a lot.

I'm sure if I went back on a regular basis, she could help me with that. But we live in different states now!

I am a certified equine massage therapist and I've never lost a client or heard anything negative about my techniques. I certainly believe in what I do, I feel it benefits the working horse, the retired horse and I have seen a lot of improvement in the horses I've treated out of injuries. I have a new client I'm visiting tomorrow who's horse keeps popping her hip out of line. She had the chiropractor come down for an adjustment and I'll be working in line with that, using massage therapy. One or another is good, but both is ideal. I'm happy to have a chiropractor work in my area with me :)
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