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post #1 of 12 Old 08-24-2008, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Equine Chiropractors/Massage Therapists?

Hi all..

Well, Maia is conditionally sold, and of course she had to go and torque something in her back. She's been very stiff for a couple of days now, and actually threw a buck when I asked her to canter today! She's never done anything of the sort, and I really need to know what's up.
What are your experiences with equine chiros and massage therapists? Do they work?

Really in a bind here :(

Thanks in advance.


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post #2 of 12 Old 08-24-2008, 10:42 PM
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I know there are such things as them and they arn't rare because im going to become one, you can see if your vet can pop her back into place, ours has done it countless times with all our horses and they actually like it, my horse licks the vet as a thank you after he's done lol
I don't know of anyone that specializes in it because our vet has always done it so call him/her up and explain see if they can have you bring her in or if they can give you a number
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post #3 of 12 Old 08-24-2008, 11:37 PM
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I am not a professional in these matters, but my vet was just out Friday and she did some minor adjustments on my geldings back. So the vet may be a good starting point for you.

My instructor has a degree in equine massage and has shown me some things I can do with my horse. Not saying that there is nothing to it, because there certainly is, BUT you can do very basic techniques on Maia that could be very helpful. If you have a general idea of where the major muscle groups are (and they are very similar to humans), and the direction they run, you could probably relieve her of some discomfort by just gently following the affected muscles in the direction of the fibers....once she gets adjusted that is. It is worth a search on the net to get ideas for different techniques.
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post #4 of 12 Old 08-25-2008, 12:40 AM
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hey well my horse seems to be stiff in the hind end and I am having a chiro out for the first time tomorrow night. Ill tell you how it goes!

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post #5 of 12 Old 08-25-2008, 11:08 PM
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I reccommend that you try a good horse chiro or equine massage therapist. (I want to be an equine massage therapist and will begin learning next year.) It really does work and you can sometimes see the difference straight away.

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post #6 of 12 Old 08-26-2008, 04:46 AM
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I've had an equine massage therapist out to both of my horses and she did a wonderful job. For my tb Shea I thought he was just a little stiff and had her come out just to loosen him up and just to have her generally assess him, but it turned out he was quite sore and needed a bit of work done.
After a couple of visits he is sooo much better, I highly recommend having a massage therapist come out to see your horse, even if they don't seem that bad. They can tell you alot about the state of your horse's muscles too.
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post #7 of 12 Old 08-26-2008, 04:55 AM
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Did you see my thread about jarred??? As you know id been having trouble for months and one good chiro visit and he's back to himself in 5 minutes flat

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post #8 of 12 Old 08-26-2008, 08:04 PM
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I had an equine chiropractor out for my horses twice this month. It was the first time I've ever used one and I noticed a difference after just one visit. One of my horses has chronic back issues but the chiro also found neck and hock issues. She adjusted him and did acupuncture afterwards. He felt better right away, My other horse needed his neck adjusted, and altho I didnt notice as big a difference with him as I did with my one horse, he does feel better when I ride him. She came out again today and did another adjustment and acupuncture. They're much better.
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post #9 of 12 Old 08-26-2008, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone!!
I had the chiro out yesterday - she spent an hour with Maia, doing an assessment, then cracking her back into place, then doing some accupressure, and showing me some stretches for her as well.
She seemed looser today, of course I'm not supposed to ride for 2 days, so I'll let you all know how she does on Thursday :) I took her for a long walk in-hand, and we just had a nice time hanging out... :)


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post #10 of 12 Old 08-29-2008, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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Maia is worse than ever now. I don't know what happened, but she just isn't the same horse. She looks to be in quite a bit of pain, I really don't like it.
I've doused her in liniment, and will be getting some Bute soon, hopefully.
GAH!


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