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Anyone else ever had their horse seen by a "Certified Equine Adjuster"?
Zip had his back adjusted today, n the poor guy was so crooked.. I feel like a bad mom! But I can't wait to ride and see how he moves... Hoping it will help his ease and freedom- anyone else ever had their horse worked on? What were your results?
 

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We use chiropractic every week on our racehorses. The results are unreal! Don't feel like a bad horse-mom. It's very common to have a lot of trouble spots when you first start treatment. Be sure to take the advice of your chiro with regards to rest, exercise, things to avoid and especially the prescribed stretches/backing exercises. I coild tell you soooo many stories about how chiro has helped our horses, but I would have to write a novel. I will say that because of it our horses are happier, we have to do less invasive veterinary procedures, and we make more $$. Everybody wins!
 

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I have arranged for Freyja to start seeing one after she foals to see if we can help with her on and off again limping issues, my vet feels she has some shortened muscles or ligaments from being bad on her feet for so many years. He felt a body worker would do her good. I didn't feel comfortable with her starting visits so close to foaling, though, so we will be starting 2 weeks after. I have not used one before, but the one I am seeing comes very highly recommended by both my vet and a friend who runs a horse rescue down the road. I am hoping she does well with it, glad to hear it's working out so well for your boy!
 

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Wonderful, thanks guys! She said he's build a lot more muscle in his right than his left shoulder from being crooked, but she said that flatwork should be okay for now. No jumping for two weeks- gahhh. I suppose it's to our benefit; we can work on our dressage. His pelvis was out and his whole left side, but... I'm glad I had it done. =]
 

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I have been thinkk about Champ being done just see if it helps something. Do you know what it costs?
I'd love to know the answer to this, too.

My horse has never been checked out by a chiropractor, at least to my knowledge and I've been wanting to get it done just to see if she has anything off or not. But I've been holding off because I fear that I won't be able to afford it, especially since equine chiropractors are not common here.
 

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OUr chiro is $200 per visit, but I think he's on the high end. He's worth every penny though - he's a human chiro first, so he brings a table with him to the barn and does the people for free! I have no idea what a equine-only body worker would be.
Indyhorse - I would speak with the body worker about treatment close to foaling. I know that with myself, I went for treatment every day in the week leading up to the delivery of my son, and it helped a lot! It helps the sacrum and pelvis do what they have to do in birth.
 

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OUr chiro is $200 per visit, but I think he's on the high end. He's worth every penny though - he's a human chiro first, so he brings a table with him to the barn and does the people for free! I have no idea what a equine-only body worker would be.
Indyhorse - I would speak with the body worker about treatment close to foaling. I know that with myself, I went for treatment every day in the week leading up to the delivery of my son, and it helped a lot! It helps the sacrum and pelvis do what they have to do in birth.
shesinthebarn, thanks! I called and spoke to her again last night, and discussed it. She felt like Freyja would be better served to start after foaling, as that is when she might be at greater risk to put something out and undo previous treatment. Freyja is not in pain or discomfort other than what is caused by the late stages of pregnancy at this point, but we did discuss having an earlier session if she starts limping again between now and the birth. Since unfortunately budget is also a consideration, I can only afford a set number of visits in a months time. We did schedule a tentative first visit for March 26, but plan to move it forward if Freyja foals sooner rather than later. I know what you mean though, I would have loved to have regular massages late in my own pregnancy! My son failed to turn from posterior position in time before delivery (he was premature) and I had immense back pain in my last month.

Aww, see that makes me want to have the chiro out anyways, just to give the poor girl a pregnancy massage. Don't think I can swing it though, not without dipping into the emergency fund I'm keeping in reserve for the foaling itself.
 

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The only chiro that's allowed to touch my horses' backs is one that is also a liscensed vet. I have seen good things from "certified chiros" who don't have vet training, but I have also seen some very, very bad things come from their treatments, even those with a good reputation. Personally, I wouldn't risk it.
 

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Kim- I had Judy Whip.

I paid $40. I'm sick and out for the count for a while, so I don't know what effect it'll have for him, but Margaret, my instructor, said I don't need to have Zip done regularly. I was really happy with her though; she showed me what she was doing, had me feel his spine, check out how his butt was uneven because of his pelvis being crooked, etc. I liked that she showed me what she was going to do BEFORE and AFTER she adjusted him.
 

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Judy Whipp eh? She must be closer, but I pay about that as well - maybe it was $50? Not sure.

I have Lori Haan Miller from Wayland come. She's certified as well, but I might give Judy a shout if she is cloer. Lori has to drive quite a ways just to get here.
 

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My chiro is $160 a visit. $60 for the call and $100 for the adjustment. i have mine comming out within the next month to see both my girls
 

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Wow, barnprincess. That's a lotttt compared to our prices! I guess we're just lucky there's a lot of competition. =]

Kim- She's really awesome; I really enjoyed having her out. She's from up north, though, and there's normally a barn call fee unless she's doing multiple horses in the area, like she was on Tuesday- my boy, one of Margaret's, and another one of Margaret's students. =]
 

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My chiro is $80 per session, he comes out about every 3 months and does half the barn. His sessions are about 15 minutes.

I also have a massage therapist that works with my horse only and she's $85 (If I remember correctly) and that's about every month. Her sessions are 1-2 hours. She is also about to do some work on my dogs as well.
 

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I am soooo happy I had her out. He moved SO well! It's like I bought a new horse. =] His stride is so much... free-er, I guess is the word. So much more willing, so easy to ride, he offers to trot and canter instead of me having to really push... it's SO nice! =]
 

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I'm having a chiropractor come out on the 12th. I'm excited, but nervous! If this thread isn't dead I'll post or start a new one. My first visit is going to cost 200 and is 2 hours, because she does alot of assessments I guess, the follow-ups are supposed to be cheaper...
 

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Dangggg. I'm so happy to live in Michigan. =] Having the horse chiro done is just like humans or even cheaper. Zip moves soooo much better now, totally willing and forward. I can't wait to try him over some jumps! His dressage is soooo much nicer already.
 

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In the UK we have specifically licensed horse physiotherapists and also McTimoney Chiropractitioners. Luckily where I live, we have one of each.

If my horses "feels" stiff, either under saddle or from the ground, I give one or the other a call. It is as important to my horse as calling the equine dentist But as with every speciality you always need a well recommended good technician.
 
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