Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Same as 1st post. Our chiropractor (who is a miracle worker!) and our accupuncturist (ditto!) do the knuckle thing down either side of the spine. If they flinch, or step away it can be discomfort, but if you hit a really bad spot, they will kinda drop under your hand. As for neck soreness, they do stretches to check mobility. For example (this is only one of many they do) stand at your horses hip, and try to get him to reach around for a treat without actually stepping around to get it. Do it on both sides. It becomes obvious if one side is tighter that the other, as the mobility in one direction is limited. There are a bunch of different ones to do. If you think your horse has back/neck issues, consider a qualified chiropractor. We are so lucky to have a great one. He's a people chiropractor 1st, and he brings a portable table and does the grooms when he does the horses! We see such great results with chiropractic - I tell anyone who will listen!
~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork