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When Does My Horse Need Chiropractic Care?

How Do I Know Whether My Horse Needs Chiropractic Care?

  • Changes in overall performance and behaviour
  • Pain or sensitivity to touch while being groomed
  • Resistant to being bridled  
  • Difficulty or changes in lifting leg (for the farrier for example)
  • Shortening of stride, inability or lack of desire to go forward from behind (inability to 'sit' behind)
  • Inability/refusal to pick up proper canter lead, frequent swapping of lead, cross-canter
  • Head tossing during transitions (particularly upward transitions)
  • Changes in behaviour such as unwillingness to stand while being mounted, girthiness, uncharacteristic bucking
  • Uneven hips, shoulders and difficulty bending to one side or the other or from one side to the other
  • Injuries sustained during training, shows ( for examples falls during cross-country; at a jump refusal), trailering
  • Ongoing history of back and leg problems and previously diagnosed conditions such as joint degeneration (osteoarthritis)
  • Muscle asymmetry, weakness, wasting, roached (hunched) back
  • Conformational issues that predispose to stressors
  • Stressors such as poor fitting saddle, rider experience/balance, shoeing problems, training aids