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How do you know if your horse needs chiropractic care?

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There are a number of things to look for which could indicate that your horse has a problem that chiropractic care can help with. These include:

  • decrease in level of performance, laziness
  • Loss of wind capacity
  • Problems or difficulty executing desired movements
  • Behavioural changes (refusals, bucking, head shy)
  • Head carriage or fighting the bit
  • Short striding, uneven strides, toe dragging, stumbling, forging and uneven shoe wear
  • Muscle imbalance, spasms or atrophy
  • Abnormal posture when standing, standing with hips uneven, choosing to stand on uneven ground, not squaring up when urinating, holding tail to one side
  • Gait problems, such as counter-canter, loss of collection, refusal to take a lead
  • Injuries from falls, training or other activities
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  • Stressful situations such as poor conformation of the horse, various riding and training equipment, performance level and ability of the horse, shoeing
  • Chronic disease conditions, multiple repetitive infections, weak immune system

Please note that Wessex Chiropractic is booking well ahead at present. You may need to wait for your first appointment so forward planning is advisable.

Sally does not use any instruments in the treatment of horses - only her hands. Treatments are gentle and always within the horse's tolerance. Manual adjustments are specific and force is applied close to the joint of interest, to minimise force and maximise safety

Chiropractic care does not replace the primary care given by a veterinary surgeon, and you must consult with your vet prior to commencing treatment. Download a veterinary consent form here.



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