Christy was not herself. Her owner didn’t know why and asked me during a regular
Diet can also lead to many problems. Aside from under-
While slips and trips are the more obvious causes of chiropractic misalignments,
Chiropractors can often improve your horse’s performance through treatment, or through advice based on a fresh eye seeing holistically. They are independent professionals, who will always refer problems they cannot help back to the vet. They often treat dogs and other pets, having trained first on humans. This is why they can help the horse and rider to achieve best performance as a team.
By Vav Simon DC AMC FRCC
Apart from an obvious lameness, there are many causes for a loss of performance.
Some are very subtle and can escape even long-
Kluedo had flu’. He never seemed to recover his form at dressage. Treatment resulted in immediate improvements which lead on to Advanced and then Regional success! The problem I found was that the flu’ had loosened his ligaments, allowing his back to misalign, which had trapped several nerves and so impaired his movement.
Pregnancy, especially approaching labour, can do exactly the same thing. Hormones relax the ligaments for the birth, which can affect the body in other places too. A teenage growth spurt can also provoke problems in a similar way.
These misalignments can be very small, and yet can cause large problems. They are more easily detected by seeing their effects than seeing the spine change. They are often invisible to Xrays. Chiropractors are trained to develop very sensitive detection skills by fingertip touch to find these subtle changes.
Once found, these misalignments can be immediately corrected, by hand, relatively painlessly. Chiropractors treat the whole body in case there are several problems at work. Pain is eased, flexibility and strength are restored and internal organs function better.