Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
If the horse is sore & the source of the pain is not addressed, he probably won't use the neck muscles the way you want him to. He is compensating for something & has adapted his way of moving to alleviate whatever is hurting him. If you really want to diagnose the problem ( we can only guess on here), then take him to a vet well versed in equine lameness. Once you got a diagnosis, chiropractor & equine massage will probably come into play, it can certainly help make a horse more sound. However in the 20+ years I been using equine chiro/massage therapy, it seems to have been just part of the recovery of whatever the problem was unless the horse put a bone out of whack from some sort of trauma. But if a horse is constantly, let's say for example, putting his hip out and the chiropractor comes by every so often to realign him, you need to find out why he is doing that, a chiropractor can sometimes tell you why or not, depends on their experience. A good equine most likely will know. Hope that explains it a bit more, good luck.
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Last edited by waresbear; 09-04-2012 at 01:23 PM.