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    03-02-2012, 04:43 PM
First time chiropractor appointment.

Chilly had a chiropractor appointment today. I hauled her an hour away to the barn this vet/chiropractor works out of. She did very good.

Chilly was short-striding this past fall under saddle and just seems so stiff. So I decided to try this.

Chiropractor said she was a very nice mare, lovely conformation and has a nice disposition. And she isn't as sore as what I though. :claps: She said her withers were a little off (from mounting from the ground) so I'm going to get a mounting block. Her pelvis looked/felt good. This is what I was worried about because our previous farrier had been taking too much hoof from the inside and it was making her uncomfortable. She is much more flexible in her hind legs and more comfortable with our new farrier. So is our gelding. The previous farrier was a "trim, file, done" type of farrier, the new one is more of a corrective farrier.

Anyways. Chilly's main problem is her back where the saddle lies. She isn't rounding her back like she should be. She has a nice topline, it's just the spinal joints aren't being used. If that makes sense. So I have some stretches to do with her.

- Tickle her where the girth lies under her tummy to get her withers to raise. She is very good with this.

- Tickle her booty to where she lifts her back and rounds it. Chiropractor said she should be rounding 4 times as much as she is right now. She is not cooperative with this exercise.

- Having her bow with head between front legs to round her back will also help. As well as lots of backing work.

I'm to continue her gluclosamine/chondriotin/msm supplement and she recommended I add a Vitamin E & Selenium supplement to her diet as well.

I'm very pleased that something isn't seriously wrong with her and some stretches/exercises. Although, maybe I'm over-reacting a little bit about her. Paranoid mother.

Chilly was very well behaved and took everything like a pro. She did swish her tail when the chiropractor hit her sore spot but stood there to be adjusted and worked on very nicely. She was nearly falling asleep while being worked on.

Chiropractor did say that she'd benefit from another adjustment before I start racing her this year. And if I'm interested, she also practices acupuncture which may be beneficial to her as well. She said a lot of times, horses that don't seem very sore with chiropractor work, she's able to pinpoint a sore spot with acupuncture and work on them from there.

Does anyone have any experience with acupuncture?
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    03-02-2012, 05:28 PM
Green Broke
Yay for adjustments, they certainly are great!

I have no personal experience with acupuncture, but equine massage therapy goes a long way in between adjustments as well! A chiropractor can realign bones but if there is muscle soreness (which is likely if things have been out of whack), an equine massage therapist would be GREAT to have come out!

My mare is getting her third massage this weekend and it's really helping her (chiro came out to adjust her a couple weeks ago and said she didn't really need much but she has a LOT of muscle soreness just from being worked - dressage and jumping - so the massage therapist was recommended by him). And the one who comes to our barn is VERY reputable and only charges $35 for 1-2 hrs, however long it takes to loosen the muscles up! She is GREAT - remember, the amount of $$ it costs doesn't mean much compared to employing someone with great knowledge and experience...get some good references!!
    03-02-2012, 06:09 PM
The last barn I worked at had a horse there that the owner prefer a more hollistic approach, she had Shorty done with a session of accupuncture. I was there answering the vets question(the accupuncurtist was a vet) since I was the one riding the colt the majority of the time. This was a few years ago, but if I remember right he would climb with his frontend when asked to lope off on the left lead and was a little stiff going that direction. After the session and some time off ( I think I had to smear some stinky salve on him too) I rode the horse again and he was noticeably better, a miricle no.

Just my one and only experience, I don't know anything more about it than what I just
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    03-02-2012, 10:15 PM
Green Broke
Well I love acupuncture on me :). I'm sure horses would love it too it's very relaxing and really helps the nerves.
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    03-02-2012, 10:38 PM
Thanks for the responses. I'll do some research on acupuncture and decide from there. It's only an extra $20 so I'm kinda thinking "why not?" at this point in time.

Well I love acupuncture on me :)
This made me laugh because as Chilly was being adjusted, I was slightly jealous because I LOVE going to my chiropractor! It feels so good and as she was standing there with eyes half closed, I envied her. HaHaHa!
    03-03-2012, 07:45 PM
Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
Thanks for the responses. I'll do some research on acupuncture and decide from there. It's only an extra $20 so I'm kinda thinking "why not?" at this point in time.

This made me laugh because as Chilly was being adjusted, I was slightly jealous because I LOVE going to my chiropractor! It feels so good and as she was standing there with eyes half closed, I envied her. HaHaHa!

For $20 go for it! I love going to the chiro too, I haven't had a massage therapist on my horses, I would be willing to try that as well....I love a massage!
    03-04-2012, 08:50 PM
2 day update: I gave Chilly 2 days to "recoup" from her adjustment and started her stretches today. I already see a major improvement in her.

I don't think I'm hitting the right spot for her wither exercises because I don't see her lifting up. But my face is also smashed into her side because I have to bend over so I can't really tell. LoL.

Her booty lifts are much improved. She did NOT want to tuck her butt (which lifts her back/pelvis up) while at the chiropractor. Tonight, she really tucked her butt while I was scratching her.

And lastly, her neck stretches. Chilly was just getting her nose by her shoulders pre-chiropractor. Tonight, she was reaching around past her shoulder and past where the girth rests.

I am very happy about this.
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    03-05-2012, 06:18 PM
I wish we had both Chiro and accupuncture available in our area... I did one chiro treatment on my 20+ arab and she was SO much more spunky afterward. The chiro was here visiting her family, so it was a "one chance" kind of thing. I asked her to call me if she ever comes back.
    03-06-2012, 09:01 AM
Green Broke
Gaer any masseuses in your area if no chiros? Sometimes those can help just as much/more! My mare was SUPER sore and after 3 sessions with the masseuse she is back at 100% again!

Certainly the chiro helped too, but in my mare's case he said she wasn't really "out" anywhere, it was coming more from muscle soreness so the masseuse was the solution for her!
    03-06-2012, 09:40 AM
Im glad the chiro helped your horse out ! My horse loves getting adjusted

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