It’s unbelievable how amazing horses are. Even after being able to work with them for some period of time now, they never fail to impress me each day. They are such precise-functioning machines, which makes them the awesome creatures they are. However, the very thing that makes them great is also one of their biggest weaknesses. When one of the intricate parts of the horse’s muscles/joints isn’t functioning at 100%, then the entire body of the horse suffers the consequences. For example, when one of the joints isn’t moving properly in the horse’s neck, it can cause a wide range of problems; anything from not taking a certain lead/gait, to pain in the low back (lumbosacral area). Many times after a chiropractic exam, owners see improvements in their horse’s overall performance; whether that be trail riding, jumping, or barrel racing. I often love to see the change in attitude of the horse once the adjustment begins. Many of them begin to understand what you are doing feels good, and get a rush of endorphin release when adjusting those areas that have been causing them pain. Dropping down of the head and lip smacking are two things I often see.
One thing we are all guilty of, even in our own health care, is waiting for a problem to arise and not doing anything to prevent it. While chiropractic can certainly help issues when they arrive, it is hugely important to keep the spine functioning normally to avoid major problems and lameness in our horses. If you’re wondering if your horse could use chiropractic care …the answer is YES 🙂 If your horse is used for only occasional trail riding, then chiropractic would likely only be needed a couple times a year. If your horse is athletically performing weekly or frequently, then they most certainly would be appreciative of maintenance chiropractic adjustments and care. Chiropractic has been helping humans for decades, and now it’s something that has trickled down into the animal world. More and more Veterinary patients have access to chiropractic care, and it has provided many patients with an improved quality of life they would not have had 10 years ago. It’s such a fast growing area in Veterinary Medicine because of the results. There aren’t many high dollar race/performance horses out there today that aren’t getting routine chiropractic care. I have never been happier in the field of Vet Medicine than I am now. I am certainly grateful for the chance to offer this service to my patients in Illinois!