Originally Posted by Friesian Crazy
It's awesome for horses that are soar. A horse in my barn had a horrible trailer accident 3 years ago and is still healing from it. She was very soar on her neck & hindquarters, after a session with a vet that does acupuncture & chiropractic work she was as good as new. She has to continue treatments until she's fully recovered. It's a very good thing, but a bit pricey.
Massage and chiropractic work does wonders for the injured horse. Not only does it help reduce swelling and pain, but it gives the injured horse a chance for some socialization; something that is rare for a horse sentenced to his stall for a long period of time.
As for price, massage therapy is generally cheaper than chiropratic work.
Some of the price difference comes from the different levels of education needed between a certified equine massage therapist and an animal chiroprator.