Chiropractic Care for Horses

09Your horse is not only your partner in the sport that you participate in; he or she is also your pet and a huge part of your life. As your partner and loved one you would want to ensure that they are in the best possible condition that they can be, not only for competition but for their overall health and well being.

What are the benefits of using chiropractic on my horse?

We give you the reassurance that your horse is in the best health and condition that they can possibly be in. Using animal chiropractic, one of the safest forms of treatment available, we help your horse achieve optimal health through:

Restoring natural movement and function. Reducing pain, muscle spasm and enabling the animal to perform at their optimum potential…and all of this is done using a drug free and non invasive approach- giving you quicker results and faster recuperation time.

When and why should I use a chiropractor?

Chiropractic care is a holistic approach to many health and performance problems. It does not replace traditional veterinary medicine and surgery but rather provides a complimentary additional method of care.

As an example of what chiropractors treat, the problems below are commonly caused from trauma, such as falling, slipping or a tight turn while competing or practicing.

Tight muscles in the upper neck, shoulders and lower back.

Pain in the withers or the hind limbs

Twisting during tight cornering or falling

Limited range of motion in any area of their spine or within a joint.

For other problems relating to specific disciplines please click on your specific sport.

What we do during an initial equestrian chiropractic treatment?

Overview

  • Assess complete range of motion in all joints
  • Pinpoint which joints are at the root of the horse’s problem.
  • Chiropractic adjustments …invaluable in restoring physiological and psychological health.

Detail

In each session we have with your horse, we conduct a thorough examination, covering…

  • Posture analysis
    To see how the horse holds itself so we can highlight any problem or weak areas
  • Gait analysis
    To look for symmetry and normal range of motion to pinpoint anything out of the ordinary
  • Orthopedic evaluation
    To evaluate each joints range of motion to identify “stuck” areas and those that are compensating too.
  • Neurological evaluation
    To establish whether the nerves are working correctly. So for example we’ll look for things like muscle wasting or weakness in the joint.
  • Expert adjustments
    A series of hands on adjustments to restore the joint to good health

Note: If appropriate we can offer advice on rider posture and any associated areas of concern.

Ongoing treatments

Several factors determine the number and frequency of adjustments required to correct a problem:

  • The horses age and physical condition are important.
    Young healthy horses will generally require fewer adjustments than older horses or those with serious health problems.
  • The severity of the problem is another major factor if permanent damage has occurred, a return to full flexibility may not be possible and multiple adjustments may be necessary to achieve the most flexibility possible.
  • The length of time that the problem has been present is also a factor.
    Longstanding or chronic problems frequently require more adjustments to correct than do acute problems.

 

It should be stressed that chiropractic, in no way, should be thought of as a replacement for conventional veterinary medicine, but rather as a valid, concurrent, complimentary treatment procedure for many back and lameness problems.  And as with any health related problems or conditions that your horse may experience, it is important that your veterinarian be contacted initially so that he or she can assess your horse for any underlying medical condition that could be causing similar symptoms.