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    02-23-2010, 06:07 PM
  #1
Weanling
Horse Chiropractor

Anyone else ever had their horse seen by a "Certified Equine Adjuster"?
Zip had his back adjusted today, n the poor guy was so crooked.. I feel like a bad mom! But I can't wait to ride and see how he moves... Hoping it will help his ease and freedom- anyone else ever had their horse worked on? What were your results?
     
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    02-23-2010, 07:48 PM
  #2
Yearling
We use chiropractic every week on our racehorses. The results are unreal! Don't feel like a bad horse-mom. It's very common to have a lot of trouble spots when you first start treatment. Be sure to take the advice of your chiro with regards to rest, exercise, things to avoid and especially the prescribed stretches/backing exercises. I coild tell you soooo many stories about how chiro has helped our horses, but I would have to write a novel. I will say that because of it our horses are happier, we have to do less invasive veterinary procedures, and we make more $$. Everybody wins!
     
    02-23-2010, 07:58 PM
  #3
Green Broke
I have arranged for Freyja to start seeing one after she foals to see if we can help with her on and off again limping issues, my vet feels she has some shortened muscles or ligaments from being bad on her feet for so many years. He felt a body worker would do her good. I didn't feel comfortable with her starting visits so close to foaling, though, so we will be starting 2 weeks after. I have not used one before, but the one I am seeing comes very highly recommended by both my vet and a friend who runs a horse rescue down the road. I am hoping she does well with it, glad to hear it's working out so well for your boy!
     
    02-23-2010, 10:21 PM
  #4
Weanling
Wonderful, thanks guys! She said he's build a lot more muscle in his right than his left shoulder from being crooked, but she said that flatwork should be okay for now. No jumping for two weeks- gahhh. I suppose it's to our benefit; we can work on our dressage. His pelvis was out and his whole left side, but... I'm glad I had it done. =]
     
    02-23-2010, 10:53 PM
  #5
Trained
Who did you get?

I get Nelson done as often as I can, especially since he doesn't have a topline as of yet.
     
    02-23-2010, 11:42 PM
  #6
Yearling
I have been thinkk about Champ being done just see if it helps something. Do you know what it costs?
     
    02-24-2010, 03:18 AM
  #7
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Tasia    
I have been thinkk about Champ being done just see if it helps something. Do you know what it costs?
I'd love to know the answer to this, too.

My horse has never been checked out by a chiropractor, at least to my knowledge and I've been wanting to get it done just to see if she has anything off or not. But I've been holding off because I fear that I won't be able to afford it, especially since equine chiropractors are not common here.
     
    02-24-2010, 09:17 AM
  #8
Yearling
OUr chiro is $200 per visit, but I think he's on the high end. He's worth every penny though - he's a human chiro first, so he brings a table with him to the barn and does the people for free! I have no idea what a equine-only body worker would be.
Indyhorse - I would speak with the body worker about treatment close to foaling. I know that with myself, I went for treatment every day in the week leading up to the delivery of my son, and it helped a lot! It helps the sacrum and pelvis do what they have to do in birth.
     
    02-24-2010, 11:29 AM
  #9
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by shesinthebarn    
OUr chiro is $200 per visit, but I think he's on the high end. He's worth every penny though - he's a human chiro first, so he brings a table with him to the barn and does the people for free! I have no idea what a equine-only body worker would be.
Indyhorse - I would speak with the body worker about treatment close to foaling. I know that with myself, I went for treatment every day in the week leading up to the delivery of my son, and it helped a lot! It helps the sacrum and pelvis do what they have to do in birth.
shesinthebarn, thanks! I called and spoke to her again last night, and discussed it. She felt like Freyja would be better served to start after foaling, as that is when she might be at greater risk to put something out and undo previous treatment. Freyja is not in pain or discomfort other than what is caused by the late stages of pregnancy at this point, but we did discuss having an earlier session if she starts limping again between now and the birth. Since unfortunately budget is also a consideration, I can only afford a set number of visits in a months time. We did schedule a tentative first visit for March 26, but plan to move it forward if Freyja foals sooner rather than later. I know what you mean though, I would have loved to have regular massages late in my own pregnancy! My son failed to turn from posterior position in time before delivery (he was premature) and I had immense back pain in my last month.

Aww, see that makes me want to have the chiro out anyways, just to give the poor girl a pregnancy massage. Don't think I can swing it though, not without dipping into the emergency fund I'm keeping in reserve for the foaling itself.
     
    02-24-2010, 12:23 PM
  #10
Green Broke
The only chiro that's allowed to touch my horses' backs is one that is also a liscensed vet. I have seen good things from "certified chiros" who don't have vet training, but I have also seen some very, very bad things come from their treatments, even those with a good reputation. Personally, I wouldn't risk it.
     

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