Originally Posted by Joe4d
you can't ha The Placebo effect is a powerful thing.
Joe, your mind is so tightly closed it is amazing. While I believe there is a strong placebo effect in many human treatments, for a placebo effect to be in effect, you need a species that can be "convinced" through persuasion that something is good for you. I just don't see that possible when dealing with horses. They can't be FOOLED into thinking some treatment is making them feel better. It either does or it does not.
In my opinion, for you to think that horses can be affected by any form of "placebo effect" shows a remarkable lack of knowledge about what makes a horse tick.
I have not used a chiro, personally, on either myself or horses. However, I was at a huge major event one time, when a famous European Chiro visited the show grounds. When word of his presence got around, two of the top competitors pulled their horses from the competition to get them treated. THAT showed me how much they valued the work.
My sister is a vet acupuncturist. People may say there is a "placebo effect" there, but she has seen DRAMATIC changes in the animals she has treated.
Try opening your mind....you just may learn something.