These situations frustrate both rider and horse. Some are the result of a lameness issue in their limbs, and others are due to restricted movement of their neck and back. Chiropractic care by a professional can help restore that normal movement that a healthy spine should have, and in turn fix many performance issues that are not directly caused by a lameness. Additionally, restoring normal motion to a horse can prevent a lameness issue from developing due to abnormal compensation by the non-lame limbs. The majority of back and neck pain in man is due to chronic, repetitive joint stress and strains, which is exactly what can happen to our horses when we ask the same thing of them day in and day out. Consider that a number of injuries are not caused by a single traumatic incident, rather they develop from repeated activity of the same muscles, tendons and ligaments in the same direction again and again, which results in fatigue of those tissues and subsequent injury. Examination and care of equine athletes by a Veterinarian trained in chiropractic therapy can help to prevent and treat many of these subtle problems.
Chase Ratliff DVM