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  • A chiroprctor said i have rotated hips.and.middle back whats that mean

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    01-12-2014, 07:50 PM
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Green Broke
Fixing Rotated hips and strengthening hips tips wanted

I switched Chiropractors to a more "upscale" (I guess you would call it) Chiro for Cinny. He is sort of one of those "horse whisperer" types, the kind of person who works with your horse for 20 minutes and can tell you all about what makes your horse tick. He is FANTASTIC. And I finally have found the root of Cinny's issues where it comes to not going through his back correctly.

He asked me about Cinny's "story" so I told him about him being a pasture puff most of his life, previous bitting issues, ulcers and that we can't seem to get him to go through his back probably. He looked at me like I was crazy and said "It's impossible for this horse to round and go through his back currently." He also said he can help fix it. The problem, Cinny's hips are rotated forward (tops of hips going towards back). Also, his shoulders and neck are locked upright. Here's a pictures to demonstrate what I mean.

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Not really a conformation shot, and doesn't really show it as much at a trot but I wanted to be able to draw the arrows so that it's easier to understand.

Anyway, he spent about an hour putting him back, and then he's had about 3 weeks off. Cinny seems so so much better, more relaxed now when riding but now his right hip seems to "slip." It feels the same as when a horse's hind foot slips in mud, only Cinny's foot is well planted and not slipping and we are in the arena. I've had a friend watch and confirm and she said the motion is in his hip and that his foot is indeed well planted. It happens more often in circles smaller than 20mm as he tries to bring that hind under him properly but it has also happened on a straight as well.

I'm having the Chiro come back out ASAP but I'm wondering if it's not because now that his hip is more correctly positioned, his ligaments and the such are still stretched out in places from being so badly "out" for who knows how long (I think the old chiro missed all this so it was never fixed).

Does anybody know of ways to help his strengthen his butt and maybe help get those ligaments to start holding tight again without putting any extra strain on him or causing him to make himself worse?? Has anybody ever had an issues with rotated hips before?
     
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    01-13-2014, 08:03 AM
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Impossible to say without actually seeing the horse.

What I have found from experience is that if a horse is misaligned in one hip the diagonal shoulder is usually also misaligned to compensate. Whether the shoulder was wrong to start or the pelvis is a matter for guessing. The shoulder can be out because of neck problems.

By using applied Kinesiology to read a horse it is possible to diagnose exactly where it is misaligned and which way it is misaligned. That decides as to how, particularly the pelvis, is corrected.

If they have been misaligned for a while then it is going to take a while for hem to adjust physically and mentally that it is no longer uncomfortable.

Sometimes a pelvis will keep misalign ins because the muscle memory has not been adjusted and that again is where AK diagnoses, sometimes the local muscles are fine but the neck muscles need to be adjusted in memory.
     
    01-13-2014, 08:41 AM
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Green Broke
Right but what I'm wanting to know is should I do hill work with him, backing him, circles, no circles. What things can make him stronger in the hind?
     
    01-13-2014, 08:48 AM
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Green Broke
Just a quick question.

I don't mean to sound rude...

But if your chiro is that good.. why didn't he give you exercises to do?!
     
    01-13-2014, 09:01 AM
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To start with he wants to be worked at the walk and trot with encouragement to have his head long and low, made to walk out freely so he is stretching his back. Uphill is good but even better to get the hocks under him is downhill.

As he realises he can stretch so you scan start to work him on the bridle but give him a couple of weeks long and low.
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    01-13-2014, 11:02 AM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by DuffyDuck    
Just a quick question.

I don't mean to sound rude...

But if your chiro is that good.. why didn't he give you exercises to do?!
He mostly gave me stretches to do with him and told me to do more trail work than arena work and if I work in the arena to work with ground poles with him. But that was before I was noticing the weakness going on in his hind end. I want to know if there are some things I can add to that to help Cinny along.
     

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