Hi All -
My 5 year old mare was acting up BIG TIME (not just normal baby behavior or mare behavior) so I got the chiropractor out to look at things. She determined that my saddle does not fit and that my mare was having moderate to severe pain in her back. She's having what the chiropractor called "pain cycles," which are muscle spasms in her back. You can actually see the spasms when you look at her back.
The chiropractor told me no riding and ice/heat for 3 weeks (can do as much ground work as I want). We've been doing the ice and heat therapy for about that long now and Cheyenne (my mare) is starting to get very irritated with it. She gets bored easily and standing on cross ties while I do this stuff for a half hour has gotten old to her. However, I can still see the spasms in her back. I texted the chiropractor today to tell her about this today and she told me she wants me to start her on Vitamin E supplement. She said they often do selenium with the vitamin E but to just use vitamin E for now. She told me at least 2000 IU but more than 2000 is fine as well.
Does anyone know what the vitamin E does? What is the chiropractor thinking might be the problem behind her spasms? I read somewhere that it could be a nervous system issue. Has anyone had similar issues or used a vitamin E supplement? I'm very skeptical about supplements...