Horses often have the same kinds of physical problems that people do and getting a chiropractic adjustment for your horse is one of the best things you can do for him. If you have ever visited a chiropractor yourself you know how dramatic the treatment can be, and it is often no different if you have your horse treated. Often horses have issues which cannot be resolved by a veterinarian, such as lameness or a sudden change in their way of going or a change in attitude. Chiropractors address these problems by adjusting the musculoskeletal system and can often quickly resolve many issues. If you are having lameness or movement problems with your horse, check with your vet first to rule out medical problems. Once that has been ruled out you may want to contact a chiropractor.
What to Expect
When a chiropractor first works on your horse they will ask what kinds of problems you are experiencing and will then do an exam. They often check the entire spine due to its importance to the way the horse moves. Another common area where horses need adjustment is the poll. A good chiropractor takes notes about which points need adjustment and will refer to these on future visits. Often a chiropractor works with a massage therapist or also practices massage as well. Parts of the skeletal system that are out of alignment can cause muscles to become tight, so the two practices complement each other. Please refer to the previous article for information on massage therapy for your horse.
The chiropractor will normally ask questions about shoeing, saddle fit, and how the horse is ridden to get an idea of what may be causing problems. You should also observe how your horse reacts to the treatment – does he seem to feel better, is he more relaxed afterwards? Does he move better or differently after treatment?
Finding a local chiropractor
The best way to find a chiropractor is to talk to other horse people you know and get a referral. Veterinarians may also be able to suggest someone. Aside from a word-of-mouth referral, chiropractors need to be a human chiropractor or a veterinarian first, and then obtain a certification from the American Chiropractic Certification Commission (ACCC) or the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA). Listed below are several chiropractors in the Boulder and Fort Collins area.
Ed Boldt, Jr DVM 970-482-2287 [email protected]
Jay Komarek, DC 303-449-7226 http://bouldersol.com/horses/
Dan Helburg, DC 303-449-9280 http://danhelburg.com/equine.html
Kim Kasten, DC 303-349-7474 [email protected]