My first year of horse ownership was a straight-up learning curve about how to care for horses. However, it was not just any horse, but this bay gelding named Chaco. He came to me at 26 years-old, in chronic pain and cribbing constantly. He had difficulty maintaining weight, and his top line had some protruding vertebrae in his lumbar area. I turned him out 24/7 on acreage with another horse and a shelter. I fed him the highest quality hay I could find and took him off grain. In the back of my mind was chiropractic.
Chiropractic has been part of my life since I was young, so it wasn’t a big stretch for me to consider chiropractic to help Chaco feel good again. The first equine chiropractor that adjusted him used just their hands. Chaco was still in too much pain, and he tried to bite her. As much as I believed in chiropractic I couldn’t put him through the pain. So I temporarily put chiropractic on the shelf.
A year or more went by when Chaco slipped and fell. I noticed that his right hind was not tracking straight with his right front leg. I knew a chiropractor could fix it. I found a chiropractor who adjusted people and animals, using an activator. The advantage to an activator is that it is so quick when adjusting that it is ahead of the person’s or animal’s pain response. I thought this just might work for Chaco.
Within two adjustments Chaco’s right hind was tracking straight again with his right front leg. There was also a new relaxation and roundness in his hip muscles that had never been there before. Even the raised vertebrae in his low back that disrupted his top line were visibly more relaxed. In addition, he never tried to bite this chiropractor. Instead he closed his eyes, relaxed, and licked and chewed. I knew I had found the chiropractor for Chaco.
With Chaco’s warm response to the chiropractor, and the positive changes in his back and right hind leg, the chiropractor has become a regular part of Chaco’s care team.
Consider chiropractic for your horse. Not only can it can help with acute situations where there has been a trauma to the body, but it also keeps the nervous system functioning properly, which in turn supports overall health.
To see a video of a chiropractor adjusting a horse using an activator, click here.