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post #1 of 14 Old 05-31-2010, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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Question: does this sound legit?

So I finally found someone advertising equine chiropractor type services (I've been looking for one for quite a while, I feel like Lacey, after being freaking obese for years, then wearing a badly fitting saddle for at least a year with me, probably needs adjustment), however, once I emailed them, the email I got back was...strange.

Here's a link to the ad (the website seems pretty legit, obviously not professional, but like someone who didn't know exactly what they were doing tried hard, haha):

Does your equad friend need a massage?

Then, the email I sent:

Hi there!

I have a 25 year old Arab mare that I've been wishing to get adjusted. She doesn't have any real noticeable arthritis or anything but I have a feeling that she's out somehow, and I'd love it if I could get her feeling even better than she already does. She's a really easy girl to work with, not difficult in the least.

She's located in Springdale, Oregon. Could you give me a quote for how much that might end up being?

Thanks!

Emily

And the email I got back today:

Greetings Emily,

Springdale, that is lovely country out there! The quote is exactly $60. I be delighted to do heartfelt bodywork on her. She sounds wonderful, and twenty five is absolutely respectable. She has to be in excellent care to be vibrant with life!
Due to a busy week at college, the soonest I can come out are Saturday and or Sunday at 2:00 or 3:00. Give it thought and let me know.
Let the sun keep shining!
Happy trails,
Vaughn

What do you guys think? Should I go for it? Or is it some Craigslist creeper trying to creep on horses? Maybe English isn't his (?) first language and that's why the language he used is so.........flowery? I don't even know. I really hope this is legit though because I would LOVE to get her all super comfy before we head off to camp, but I don't want to open a giant can of worms.

Also, $60 is pretty reasonable for that sort of thing, right? That's definitely stretching it for my budget, but it's worth it for my girl.

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Hazel - 14 year old Angora goat

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Rest peacefully, Lacey.

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post #2 of 14 Old 06-01-2010, 12:01 AM
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LOL it sounds alright to me. I paid 60 dollars for an hour of the chiropractor/massage therapist working on Ice. It was actually a package, so I paid 60 for the first, 50 for the second, and 40 for the third.

Some people just have really wierd ways of writing, haha.
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I would have him out. Bring a friend just incase....some of these horse people are kinda wacky...LOL
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Are you looking for a massage therapist or an equine chiropractor? Because they are completely different therapies. If it is a massage therapist you seek, then go for it, if it's chiropractic adjustments, then I would look elsewhere.
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Good point cmvet! I hadn't even really thought about the differences between the two, thanks for mentioning that. :) I'm thinking though that she does seem to be tight, that's actually one of the things I notice most about her, she's very tight, not really ever loose or "free" feeling/looking, so a massage would probably do her some good, right?

Thanks for the votes of confidence everyone! I think I will have him out, unless someone more comes along screaming "no" (haha), but I will for sure take someone else with me. With any luck my brother will be able to come and he's pretty scrappy looking, and if my brother can't come, then my dad is going to come and my dad is a BIG guy. Heheheheh

I think I'm going to have him come out this Sunday so I'll definitely report back with how it goes.

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Could you find any references in your area at all for any chiro? This person is advertised everywhere (I run the google search), but I couldn't find any complaints and he's been on TV too, so at least it doesn't sound as a rip-off. May be not as good as he think, but may be a great one. If you feel Lacey needs it I'd go with him. Email is funny, but frankly it very well may be just personality (I've run into such people before).
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I looked at the site you have linked, it says he was on the Rick Lamb show. It says He is blind as well. He must be ligit to be on that show.

I have a freind that does human massage, but has worked on two different horses, and both horses have had amazing recoveries. Too bad you're too far away, or I would recommend her.
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Could you find any references in your area at all for any chiro?
I've been looking for one everywhere, the feed stores, online, etc and asking the various horse people I know and no one knows anyone who does horse chiro. I found a website that seemed to have listing of chiro's but all the people near my area won't come out as far as Lacey and I.
It's very irritating. Especially since I'm basically in Oregon's "horse country" (the richer part too), you'd think that it would be a gold mine. Around here is SO weird, there are so many horses but basically zero trainers/instructors, zero good places for boarding, and one vet for everyone. It's the weirdest thing.

Thanks everyone! I think I'll email him back and get him out, just to see. Because he can't really do any harm right? And, Lacey has excellent people sense so if she doesn't like him, she'll basically make it impossible for him to touch her. And, if it does her good, well then great!

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I think $60 is pretty darn good. I paid $152 for Ricci's chiro, and that didn't include the barn call!! Haha. Of course that was chiro, not massage. And that vet has to charge a boatload of money to pay for the fancy leather couches in their waiting room. =P

I hope it goes well, and as mentioned, bring somebody with you just in case he decides you need some "heartfelt bodywork" as well. O_O

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I hope it goes well, and as mentioned, bring somebody with you just in case he decides you need some "heartfelt bodywork" as well. O_O
ROFL! I think that was the hardest I've laughed today. Thanks for that.

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