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(Mhairi Simon)

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Life's a Canter for Trampus

At the age of 40, he is thought to be the Island's oldest working horse. Equivalent in age to a 120-year-old human, he still goes on hacks three to four times a week thanks to regular chiropractic and massage treatment. Congratulations - he's in the papers!

Tara's back-end is back again!

Tara arrived on a blanket. Her back-end had completely gone, but three hours later, Tara was up and walking around...had a set-back and recovered again...!

Range of Problems

Animal down, off it’s legs

Lameness, fore or hind

Dangerous behaviour

Performance puzzles

Geriatric care

Long-term care

Other problems

The Whole List

Time to Slow Down…

All animals who are in work should have regular chiropractic check-ups regardless of age.

If your horse is healthy and fit, and is being brought back into work in his usual routine, you may be see loss of performance or other problems that are just due to age where hormonal changes can cause muscle loss. Age-related arthritis can also change how he moves, which may then mean some muscle groups waste a little while others overwork and therefore bulk up.

Your chiropractor will be able to tell you if your animal is moving sufficiently freely and is comfortable. If he is holding alignment well, then regular work will benefit him and perhaps he should not be let down at the end of the season.

For horses, you could consider changing his saddle as his back becomes more swayed, like an old man who's suits become too big and baggy.

Usually, the best advice is to change his job rather than retire him, as doing nothing is a message to him that he is no longer part of the pack or herd, and he is more likely to decline fast.

We can Help with

Geriatric care