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Tell me about your experience with equine chiropractors. What improvements did you see in your horse? What did they do?
Also-Does a horse have to have something wrong to have a chiro look at it, or can it be sort of a check up/look for things that need adjusting?
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Hi,

I've had a 'horse chiro' once years ago, who 'cracked' my horse's neck back 'in'. It apparently worked, but in hindsight, this horse had such a multitude of issues that weren't mentioned, let alone treated. I cannot judge that though, as I was quite ignorant about that sort of stuff then, only question it.

I've had a few clients have fantastic(almost miraculous in 2 cases) results with good veterinary chiros. Only recently I learned that over here at least, it is an unregulated industry(!!) as with farriery, horse dentistry, etc. Effectively you don't need to do any formal study to legally start business as a horse or equine chiro!! BUT vet chiros must actually be a vet or a human chiro first, before specialising in equine chiropractics. They also tend to use osteopathic & physio techniques too & not so much manipulation(of which horses may have dangerous objections to too!). 3 that I know also use acupuncture(another unregulated industry so beware!!).

Oh and yes, while most don't fork out for that kind of thing unless it appears necessary, you can absolutely have a chiro check out your horse regardless of any known issues. Knowing what I know now, I'd personally be inclined to want a vet chiro to do the PPE on any horse I wanted to buy.
 

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I had Chiro/Acupuncture done on my gelding. In his case, he wasn't out of alignment at all but I wanted to have it done as a checkup.

He has stiff joints and is pretty arthritic in the hock area. She was able to pinpoint which muscles were tense and what exercises would help. She was also able to tell which joints were worse, etc.

It was very helpful to get information on how everything was functioning and what needed work. There was a decent difference that day because she was able to relax some of the muscles, but long-term change is based on our supple-ling exercises. I found it very informative and a great experience.
 

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Minimum, I will have my horses checked once per year. Sometimes there are small things that the horse won't really show obviously.

My horse Red tends to be "out" in his right poll and right wither. When it gets that way, I usually have to ask him twice to pick up his right lead. When he's feeling fine, he picks it up immediately. So I usually know when he needs an adjustment.

Definitely you want a chiro who knows what they are doing. There are lots of "chiro's" out there who did nothing more than take a 6 week course and have no idea how the rest of a horse's body works. You want someone who is a vet, or who has a very, very good reputation.

The best chiro in our state is 3 hours from me. My horse doesn't have serious issues so I haven't felt it is worth the haul for me. I use a guy who's actually a human chiropractor too. Nope, he's not a vet, but he does have a great understanding of how the horse's body works and he's very highly spoken of. And he does a nice job for my horses.
 

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I agree with what has already been said. I'll also say to watch your chiro closely. A chiro who uses extra tools, like mallets, is compensating. Check education, credentials, and life experiences using their skills.

I've used 2 different chiros. Each with a couple of months of the other. The first came highly recommended by the BM and some other horse people in the area and I went in with other boarders on a group visit. I knew a few things that were already "wrong" with my horse. He only mentioned one thing and it was the most glaringly obvious of his problems. He said my horse was fine otherwise. He used mallets.

The second came recommended by my trainer and my equine massage professional. This one used no mallets and also included acupuncture with his service. He found every single problem, mentioned them all plus somei didn't know about, and gave some insight into some causes and effects. My horse was visibly relieved and falling asleep by the end. The acupuncture was really cool to watch because my horse showed every sign of successful acupuncture, right down to a whole body shake and lots of yawning.

The first is not a vet, used tools, and didn't do much with his skill set other than work on horses. The second is literally one of leaders of equine chiropractic work, has spent decades developing techniques, does seminars, teaches, continues to research how to better the practice, and is a multiple-degreed vet. He's also the biggest hippie I've ever met, but that's completely unrelated, lol.
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We use a chiro on the horses throughout the show season with great success. With that being said though, beginning of the show season last year I was having problems with my mare and had a vet/chiro look at her. He said she needed hocks injected and it would be a waste to have her adjusted b/c until the hocks were injected any adjustments would have to be redone.

Low and behold after her hocks were done she was looked at by the chiro and did not need adjusted. So sometimes needing chiro work is actually the result of other vet work needing done.
 

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I've had my horse, and several of my barn-mate's horses adjusted for many years and have found great success. Have also had experience with acupuncture, and electro-therapy.
This however must only be one tool in your tool box and is not to be used INSTEAD OF a veterinarian practicing western medicine for both have their own benefits.
My horse's chiropractor/acupuncturist is also a veterinarian, so she can give western diagnostics, give b-12 injections, and tell you when the chiro/acupuncture isn't the answer. An added plus.
 
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