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post #1 of 6 Old 06-26-2010, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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Equine Chiropractors?

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I have a 12-year-old appendix QH gelding who is very stiff in his shoulder and his back. My vet suggested an equine chiropractor and I'm wondering if anyone could tell me about their experiences with them and whether or not they felt that chiropractors helped bring comfort to their horses and brought them to a point where they were rideable again? I actually bought this horse in late December at a very "reasonable price" (buyer beware) and didn't ride him much in the winter due to the weather here in Michigan. As spring rolled around I worked with him more and I began to recognize these problems with him so I'm guessing that they would be considered chronic issues. I have started him on Devil's Claw Plus by Uckele to help relieve his pain and I'm hoping that will get him on the right path but he needs more than that to get straightened out. I would appreciate your opinions.
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-26-2010, 09:13 PM
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Hey! I am a Michigander myself :) well, not technically because I am Canadian, born and raised in British Columbia - but does living here count?

Anyways, I swear by my Chiro!! They do amazing work. My fellow gets done on a bi-monthly basis. I firmly believe that all our horses deserve to have their backs adjusted just as us humans do, because they are athletes - regardless if they are Eventers, Barrel Racers, Endurance Racers, Trails Mounts or what have you.

My guy was lame at the trot. I couldn't find heat or swelling in his legs, ankles, hocks - so I had my Chiro come out and she adjusted him. He was really out too - his 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th vertibra were out, his lumbar was out, his poll and his pelvis was out -so no wonder he was off.

Chiro does more than just adjust their backs - it can vastly improve your rides as well, you can have a horse that goes from stiff, tight and unwilling, to a soft, quiet, relaxed mount who is willing.

I highly recommend them!

My Buddies TB wouldn't go on the bit regardless of what you did to try - until he got adjusted. His jaw was out and his poll and lumbar - now, he's a much happier mount who is willing to go on the bit.

My other friends TB gelding wouldn't pick up his hind leg. Vet was out and examined his hock, stiffle, ankles, hip - couldn't find what could of been wrong. Flexion test showed pain. The Chiro came out and adjusted him - it was his vertirba and his pelvis that was out - now he moves and picks up his feet beautifully.

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Thank you so much MIEventer for the encouragement! I have actually contacted a chiropractor but she works out of Ohio and won't be in my neighborhood till July so I'm waiting till then. I'm hoping that the Devil's Claw Plus will maybe help his comfort level and thus hopefully help his adjustment to be more sustaining. I have my fingers crossed. Some people compare them to snake oil salesmen but it makes perfect sense to me. Could you tell me how soon you noticed a difference with your fellow after his first treatment? Thanks again
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I see a difference within a day of the adjustment.

If you get a good Chiro, you'll have a chart given to you for exercises to do and homework to do.

For example, when I had Nelson first done, I was given my homework to do with him on the ground. "Carrot" stretches, and strait work - meaning leading him around in strait lines and backing him up in strait lines.

Whereabouts are you?

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That would be great to also be given stretches and exercises to help him with and strengthen him.

I am in located in southern Jackson County, about 30 miles from the Ohio/Indiana borders.
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Oooh ok, you are too far from me or I'd of given you my Chiro's #.

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