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    08-27-2010, 10:57 AM
Vet vs. Farrier vs. Chiro vs.

When it comes to your horses injury/lameness/offness/what-have-you, who's opinion of the situation to you take first when no one agrees?

I've been thinking about this after having a vet, my farrier, and a chiro disagree about what is causing my mare to be lame. Started with the farrier not being able to get my mare's back feet high enough to trim and she was really stiff, so he gave me the number of a chiropractor.
Well in the mean time waiting for the chiro to make it out, my mare got lamer and lamer. Vet came out and said her knee was really boggy. His treatment was bute her and wait to see if she heals up(as in its just a soft tissue injury) and if it doesn't by the end of next week we do x-rays. Her lameness in her back end is due to compensation for the front. He told me that if it gives me piece of mind, still have the chiro out but he doubts it'll help.
So chiro came out, he decides my mare is very out everywhere and its probably joint/muscle soreness causing the knee to be boggy in the first place. And after all the cracking and her responses to his pushing and prodding and how happy she was after trying to kick his head off, I'm siding with the chiro.

So I'm just curious if you guys on here have a certain person that you credit their judgment more? Or is it a lot of case by case judgment calls?
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    08-27-2010, 11:39 AM
It is an impossible question to answer. Too many variables.

I feel that my professionals work well as a team when asked to so I have been lucky enough to not have to decide which I want to believe.

In the case of your horse I am guessing that the chiro and the vet were both right.
    08-28-2010, 01:03 AM
In this specific instance I would wait and see how the chiro adjustment helps. If it does then that was probably the issue!

Doesn't really seem like the vet or farrier are "disagreeing" per-say as they didn't come up with a diagnosis. The proof is in the pudding, as they say! You haven't done the x-rays yet I assume so your vet hasn't really asserted what they think is wrong unless I misread.

I think its great that you had a chiro come out! I did that just a few weeks ago and my horse felt great afterwards! He's coming back in 30 days for a recheck and I'm interested to see what he says. The chiro I use is also a vet which is really the only way I would do it!

I'd go with western medicine and x-rays over chiropractic stuff any day of the week but I don't see any reason that the chiro is wrong! Give your horse some time and see if that really helped! It'll be pretty clear, I think!
    08-28-2010, 01:35 AM
Green Broke
It depends on what the issue is. If its hooves, go with my farrier and my vet (who is also a farrier). If it's illness and other injury not hoof related I go with my vet. If it's an 'off' issue that looks like it could be muscles etc. I go with my vet and my chiro.

Is your Chiro an equine certified chiropractor? I know my vet makes a big deal that they need to be equine certified and very few are.
    08-28-2010, 01:43 AM
Green Broke
I usually trust my vet, but I've never really had to make a choice like that. But I think the best thing to do is listen to your horse! If she wasn't as sore after the chirp, then it probably helped! :)
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    08-28-2010, 01:58 AM
Green Broke
I think the OP is asking more about before treatment is done. The horse wouldn't necessarily have said, I need a chiro over the farrier or vet!

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