Any thoughts on Equine Chiropractics?

I will be the first to tell you I am not one to follow in the beliefs of herbs,animal communicators, harvest moons, superstitions, and most other non-veterinarian based solutions to health issues (what I call Hooey Kaplooey treatments) but I do find myself thinking that I may want to try some chiropractic work on one of my horses. Just as it is for humans I am sure that there are many views on this type of treatment and I would like to hear yours. If you have any in-site on this or have ever used an equine chiropractor please let me know how it worked for you.

3 Responses to Any thoughts on Equine Chiropractics?

  1. Black Eye Beth says:

    I have never used a Chiropractor before (my horses all tend to rip and tear things) but I do know of people who do. One thing I have learned through listening to people is that, as with anything, there are good ones and bad ones. I know a lady that used one at shows that actually made her horse more sore than helped it.

    I also have heard that acupunture can also be beneficial, again, if the person knows what they are doing. I don’t know how you find out about their credentials. I guess your best bet it work of mouth (?)

  2. LoriLiz says:

    We had a Chiropractor work on my gelding this past summer. He was consistantly missing his left lead. After the chiro worked on him, he got it. The chiro actually showed us the motion the horse had before versus after treatment and there was a definite difference.

  3. Mocha Mom says:

    I have not used equine chiropractic, but I have visited a chiropractor myself. I didn’t think that the manipulations did me any good at all and even seemed to make my pain worse. I did find however that the exercises that the chiropractor recommended were helpful if done consistently.

    I have used acupuncture, practiced by equine veterinarians, on a couple of my horses and have not noticed any real benefit.

    I think that alternative medicine in horses is a lot like alternative medicine in people. The results are not consistent enough to be able to say with any assurance that something either will or will not work. If it were, it would be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Chiropractic may help your horse or it may not. Now you have to decide if you want to spend the money to see if it does your horse any good.

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