what to look for in equine chiropractor?
I have a rescue whom my vet has referred for chiropractic tx. The references she was able to give to me work on humans first, then horses as a hobby...I know there is a spot in my mare's neck that sets her off. I'm afraid of what's going to happen if they trigger the wild beast within. I have a few other names of chiropractic vets from my friends and trainer, and am just wondering what others have experienced with equine chiropractors. TIA.
I know a guy here in TX that is the same , started out on humans than switched to horses. He does a lot of racetracks and he does at least 3 NFR qualified horses a year.
I imagine word of mouth would be the best to find someone. I know with Equine Sports massage they like people who have had prior experience with humans. they already have the basics then translate it to benefit the horse.
I really liked the guy here in Tx he helped the the horses I had him do.
He will tell you to go see a vet too if there is an underlying problem, if he cant fix it and keep it that way he will tell you that there is something else going on rather than charging a few hundred a month just to put a Band-Aid on.
we have alot of chiropractors and equissage therapists at the track, thats where we found the lady that does all our horses. i would go talk to people at the track or maybe rodeos to see who they use, or recomend
My horse chiro works on all animals, she says she can work on anything with a spine but is only liscensed for animals. She came highly recommended to me 20 years ago. She does massage as well and teaches chiro & massage. Through the years she became a very good friend of mine.
My horse Chiro works full time as a human chiro and does horses after work and on the weekends. This guy is incredibly gentle and 99% of horses won't react badly when he adjusts them. I've only ever had to tranq 1 horse for her treatments but once she was adjusted back into shape, she never needed to be tranq'd again. She had been out for a very long time and had been in quite a lot of pain for years. She's now sound in every way and loves the chiro.
Equine chiropractors must also be licensed vets. If the person is not a vet, he or she cannot call him/herself a chiropractor (but I've seen too many that do, which is why I'm pointing this out) and cannot perform skeletal manipulation. A non-vet can perform massage therapy and muscle manipulation, though, and I find that to also be an extremely worthwhile and beneficial treatment for many horses. Just a distinction that you want to watch out for, as it can weed out some of the practitioners you don't want to work with.
DraftX, Please provide links please, as far as I have always researched you must be certified to be able to call yourself an animal chiropractor and to be eligible you have to start out as a vet or DC.
Correct me if I am wrong.
Licensed Doctors of Chiropractic and licensed Doctors of Veterinary Medicine who have passed approved postgraduate programs in animal chiropractic seeking certification in Animal Chiropractic by the Animal Chiropractic Certification Commission of the AVCA must meet or exceed the minimum level of competency in the examinations set by the Examining Board.
Animal Chiropractic - Find an AVCA certified doctor to adjust your horse, dog, cat or exotic.
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