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Horses in the pasture


Consider the experience of a horse during riding: not only does it need to balance its weight, but also that of the saddle and rider. It must perform in a particular way to attain "collection," which may involve jumping or moving at high speed while balancing itself and the rider. Additionally, if the horse has poor conformation traits, an ill-fitting saddle, suboptimal shoes, or spends most of the day in a loose box, these factors can compound the physical strain. In many cases, the rider may be the first to notice subtle changes in the horse's mobility, such as an "off" feeling or an unevenness not accompanied by visible lameness.

Indications for Care

Typical signs to be aware of in horses may include:

  • Decline in performance

  • Difficulty collecting

  • Difficulty with the transition to canter

  • Change in standing posture

  • Strange hair or sweat patterns

  • “Cold backed”

  • Stiffness or evasions to certain movements

  • Swinging the hind leg

  • Tail carriage is predominantly one sided

  • Behavioural changes, e.g. more difficulty to handle, refusal to jump, biting when the saddle is put on etc.

If you have noticed the above changes in your horse, speak to your vet about seeing a chiropractor.


Understanding Chiropractic Care for Horses

When your horse experiences subtle changes in flexibility, is off-balance, or has asymmetries, you may consider chiropractic care as a treatment option. But what does a chiropractor do, and what does chiropractic treatment entail?


First, the chiropractor will conduct an assessment involving an analysis of both posture and gait. They may ask questions of both the owner and rider (if the horse is ridden) and examine the horse's range of movement, muscle spasm, swelling, and abnormal head or neck placement. The chiropractor will also check for uneven wear on hooves, shoes, or claws and observe the animal's movements for signs of lameness, weakness, or incoordination.


To properly assess your animal, it may be necessary to provide diagnostic information from the treating veterinarian, including any imaging or reports. This information is essential for determining whether chiropractic care can help your animal.


If chiropractic care is deemed appropriate, the chiropractor will administer a short, fast thrust to a specific area that releases muscle spasms, alleviates pain, and returns the joint to its normal range of motion. This adjustment helps the body restore its natural balance and harmony.


Chiropractic treatment does not hurt the animal; in fact, most animals enjoy it and become increasingly relaxed as the treatment progresses. The chiropractor may also provide after-care advice and recommend other professionals, such as the vet, farrier, or saddle fitter, if necessary. Additionally, they may send a report to the referring veterinary surgeon for their records. If your veterinarian believes that chiropractic care is not the best overall treatment for your animal, the chiropractor will respect that opinion, and no treatment will be carried out.

Doctor and Patient

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