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post #1 of 9 Old 10-08-2014, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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Chiropractic work?

So, a lot of us know the saga of Vinnie, my wonderful, handsome, lame mustang.

He is doing MUCH better, although not 100%. I am wondering if part of his issue can be helped with a chiropractor.

He does have a "hunter bump," although I am not 100% sure how because I never rode him hard (only walk/trot, we were just starting to learn canter leads when we halted work), and just pleasure riding. We never jumped, either, which I know a lot of jumping without enough muscle can cause the bump?
I fitted his tack when I got him. Looking at pictures, I noticed that he did have the bump when he came to me, although they only lightly rode him as a trail horse.

He doesn't like holding his legs up for too long, it seems to make him uncomfortable.

Does anybody know if a chiropractor is helpful? Has anyone seen positive results? I have a phone call into one near me in MA.
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post #2 of 9 Old 10-08-2014, 04:55 PM
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Does anybody know if a chiropractor is helpful? Has anyone seen positive results?
Yes, yes, and yes!

My guys see the chiropractor on a regular basis. I think I had him out 4 times this year. (He travels to me.)

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He does have a "hunter bump,"
What do you mean when you say this? Any "bump" protruding from the spine is not good.

My 3-year-old has a spot that always needs putting back in, around his loin/croup area. He doesn't get ridden hard, but it's just his "problem area". My 8-year-old is more often "out" around his withers.

It's always amazing watching my chiro work on the horses. You can just see them lick their lips and relax and sigh, after he puts something back into place.

I always know when my 8-year-old needs work when I have to ask a 2nd time for his right lead. Normally he gets them spot on the first time every time. If he misses one or tries to avoid it, I know to have the chiro out (if he wasn't already scheduled).

Just make sure you get someone who knows what they are doing. There are lots of equine chiro's out there who have done nothing more than take a 6-week crash course with no understanding of equine anatomy. Stay far away from those people.

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Just realized I never replied to this!
Vinnie has a "hunter bump" - like this:
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Only NOT as severe.
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That shape is usually associated with sacroiliac problems - I'm putting up a clearer pic.
In the UK you can't use a Chiro without having a vet on board and for good reason - a lot of them aren't really qualified and can do more harm than good
I would ask your vet to suggest someone they work with or know by reputation.
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All the chiros in my area are vets....
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Love the chiro I use. Plus she does massage. My horse sees her and starts licking chewing and sighing. Plus he drops, and he is normally very shy about his Mr. Pepe hanging out....
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Here is Vinnie's hunter bump... This picture really shows it at it's worst. He actually has been feeling a lot better than normal, though, lately!
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Another image :)
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In some States you have to be a qualified Vet to do Chiro work
If you know of a Vet who's also studied that field of expertise (not all do) then ask them to come out and assess him
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