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post #1 of 27 Old 07-13-2015, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Horse saw Chiro for first time...

So for the most part visit went very well, Jax was well behaved but very curious. She found a few sore spots, so asked to see my saddle. Saddle fit for the most part is good, but it was rocking back slightly so she suggested I try shimming the back slightly to get it completely level. Ok.

Also noticed he had a really loose atlas? Hes an almost 6 year old TWH, she said thats usually more common in younger horses? But showed me some stretches to do to help strengthen and tighten. Ok.

Now heres what gets me? She said hes tipped to the rear? Hes being lazy and resting his weight on the hind end. Her suggestion was shoes only on the rear to help lift and retain his muscle memory? Or wedged boots OR dubbing his toe if I wanted to stay barefoot? Now, not to be a defensive owner, but he actually has quite good feet. We're able to ride almost everywhere barefoot even. Heres a thread where I posted pics of his feet. Have you ever heard of this?
https://www.horseforum.com/hoof-care/...itique-589754/

I realized after I was driving home I should have taken a few confo shots. But heres a few bad ones I found on phone :(






But for most part she said he looks like a happy healthy horse, just some little things. Just the leaning back/back shoes has me confused. I told my farrier and he said she tells everyone that and to def get a second opinion.
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post #2 of 27 Old 07-13-2015, 05:24 PM
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Your farrier seems to know her so I'd listen to him.
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post #3 of 27 Old 07-13-2015, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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Haha thats what I was thinking! I just dont understand how what she said would help him, I didn't even know he was having trouble! We ride for miles w/gait/canter and he doesnt fuss a bit!
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Most of these practitioners seem to have "hook". That is the best word I can find for it. One reason that I am skeptical of the practice. I know LOTS of horse owners feel they have a LOT of value. I am not one.....but I am not saying NEVER.
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Yeah, I usually just get it done yearly...I figure it makes me feel good so I'm sure he would like it! I tried a different vet though then who I used to use.....because everyone recommended her.
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When riding dressage the goal is always to get the horse to carry his weight on the hind end. I can't imagine why shifting the weight to the fore would be the goal.
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I suspect that she may have done some course or workshop(or even read some article that impressed her) where farriery like this was purported to help, and she is seeing it as THE answer. I too *suspect* it's not, but I don't know. I'd ask her for more info on her theory & reasoning, so you can learn more & make a more objective opinion about it.
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When riding dressage the goal is always to get the horse to carry his weight on the hind end. I can't imagine why shifting the weight to the fore would be the goal.
In the pics above Kay, it appears the horse has a rather angular sacro region & is 'sickle hocked'. I'm guessing that's what the chiro means by 'leaning back' & I'd take it that it's a sacro region/hip/lumbar problem, and the sickle hocks - & therefore any hoof imbalance - are a product of that, so just 'fixing' the feet is not going to achieve anything if the back's out. But I'm no body expert...
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Thanks loosie, that kind of helps it make a little more sense. I'll try to get s better picture today or tomorrow too, I know the ones I posted are terrible to really see confo :(

Any suggestions then? She said she wanted to come back out in two weeks but wanted him to have the shoes or boots with wedges on...
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NO WAY would I have a chiro out whose care was dependent on you taking such invasive measures. Well, shoes are invasive, boots not so much.

I would definitely be taking her advice with a grain of salt and getting a second opinion. A second opinion from another chiro, if possible.
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