A Chiropractic Experience
Jul 15, 2011
I was once asked to discuss equine chiropractic for the Indiana Arabian Horse Club at Russell's Rainbow Stables. I thought the best way to present the talk was to do an actual exam and the chiropractic adjustments as I explained the procedures and why I was doing them.
Cheri Russell conveniently had a horse that she was wishing to try chiropractic on. She brought out the Arabian mare Kausla to be adjusted. As soon as I touched the mare, she attempted to bite and kick at me. She was sore enough that she did not want to be messed with. My first thought was that this might not be the best candidate for a demonstration in front of a lot of people.
After approaching the mare again, I let her smell my hands (they always recognize the veterinarians) and started to rub her neck. She finally relaxed as I proceeded to make a few adjustments. By the time I was finished with the talk and the adjustments, the mare was standing quiet and relaxed as her pain was gone. Several members of the audience came down to touch and prod at Kausla with no negative response. She was completely comfortable and content to be touched.
It still amazes me, after all these years, how much a horse can and will change their demeanor and ability to work after a chiropractic adjustment.
Not all Equine Chiropractors have the same schooling, training, or understanding of the anatomy and disease processes that may be going on. I often discover lameness, neurological, and other problems that require more than chiropractic care.
You may wish to give chiropractic a try if your horse is not happy or comfortable in his work. Symptoms may be behavioral problems such as bucking, rearing, or resistance. Other indications are difficulty with bending, collecting, changing leads, or any other performance issues. You can learn more at our chiropractic services page.
Dr. Ron Conley has been providing chiropractic care for over 15 years and may be reached at Conley and Koontz Equine Hospital at 877-499-9909.