This stallion was charged out at £5000 per covering. He had probably lost £120,000
in fees already by the time Vav was asked to treat him. If he did not recover for
the rest of the season, his career would be finished. Add in the risk of the other
stallions suffering the same fate, and the loss of reputation from such a disaster,
it might not be an understatement to say that one visit by Vav saved a multi-
A Stud had a stallion who had stopped covering – unexpectedly!
He was certainly interested but he would refuse to mount any mares offered. This had been going on for at least a week and everything the yard had tried had not worked. The vet had no diagnosis. Clearly the Stud were worried about it. He had been expected to cover four mares a day for a long season: a great deal was at stake.
Vav Simon, chiropractor, had previously been to the yard to treat an event horse liveried there. Her success with that challenge led to this invitation to see if she could help.
Vav assessed the stallion with her usual methods. She found he had a severely rotated pelvis, which would have been so painful that it explained why he would not try to mount the mares. After the chiropractic treatment, she watched him walk down the yard and felt sure he was immediately better. She advised a day or two’s rest to help him settle and regain the fitness he had lost.
As it turned out, he was put back to work that afternoon, and covered satisfactorily.
Vav was concerned about what had caused this problem. It was worth trying to make sure it didn’t happen again.
There seemed to have been no incidents in fields or yard that would make sense of it. She enquired about the covering routine itself and discovered that the methods used had caused the problem. She predicted that all the other stallions standing in the yard would have the same pelvic rotation to some degree. She was asked to check and found that all of them had!