Does your horse need chiropractic care? Many many horse owners don’t think about calling a chiropractor for their horse. And a lot of people don’t even know that there is a chiropractor for horses.
Body adjustments are essential for your horse.
Their spine can move out of alignment from any movement.
Therefore not having chiropractic care done on your horse can result in physical and mental issues.
Why Does My Horse Have A Nasty Attitude Towards Me And Not Cooperating?
Your horse’s attitude toward you can be an issue due to the pain and displacement of the body.
Attitude can be mean, or your horse may be uncooperative and stubborn.
If your horse starts to have a nasty change in his attitude with you when you exercise him or getting him tacked up to ride or not listening. Take steps to see if you can correct his issues that are causing his attitude.
- Lightly press your hands on your horse where your tack sits — the pole (behind the ears) withers and along the spine, shoulders, underbelly.
Then other joints and muscles.
Check your riding equipment and make sure it all fits ok. Even if it’s the tack, you have always used it. A horse’s body can change, or your saddle and bridle get old.
Another option is to have your horse’s teeth looked at for sharp points. Also, share the issues with your vet, and if there is nothing that can help your horse’s attitude, then it’s better to sell him or send him to a trainer.
Not watching your horse and checking his body for soreness, issues progress, so will the attitude from your horse.
When You Buy A Horse That Seems Perfect And Then Find Out He Has An Attitude, Then You Sell Him, And The Next Owner Does The Same. What Do You Think The Outcome Is Goin To Be For That Horse?
Well, I will tell you that the outcome isn’t going to be suitable for the horse because he is just going to continue being sold off and mistreated if the issue he has can be corrected.
With all this said, we all know now that a horse’s attitude can be from pulling a muscle by exercise or by riding or when horses play with other horses, trip and twist the wrong way, you are just leading your horse out to pasture. And also, the attitude may not be from anything physically wrong.
The weather, where you live, or how much time you have to spend exercising your horse determines how much your horse stays in shape.
For instants, like me living in Michigan, the weather is insane. Winters make for fat, miserable, lazy horses. So when spring gets here, it’s important to remember is to start easy with your horse because his muscles will be stiff. If you o out there and run your horse hard and for a long time, I can almost guarantee that your horse is not going to like you the next day.
Think About It, How Would You Feel?
Let’s say you live where you have ice and snow (like me) in the winter and no barn to ride inside. Your horse gets no exercise for months, except walking in their pasture during the day and standing in their stall at night. If there is a snowstorm, then maybe he is stalled 24/7 for a couple of days. Their muscles are stiff.
Then finally, spring gets here. Your horse feels better and has lots of energy. You’re excited to be able to ride again, so you get your horse out of the barn. But you don’t take the time to warm your horse up and exercise to stretch the muscles. (everyone is guilty of this at one time or another).
After the long but fun workday, you put your horseback in the pasture. The next day, when you get him out again, he’s sore and cranky and doesn’t want to listen to you.
Then you jerk on him (causing more issues), all because you didn’t take the time to warm him up properly. Now, put yourself in your horse’s position and ask yourself, if I had been the one out there yesterday working instead of my horse after sitting all winter,
How would I feel today?.
Probably sore and aching muscles and thinking, I need an adjustment. Right? I know I would!
Your horse is NO different than you.
Your horse gets tired and sore just as we do, so at the end of the day, you should give your horse the love and attention he deserves and has chiropractic care done on your horse if needed.
You know brushing your horse will help him relax, ease the tension in his body, and circulate his blood flow — kind of like getting a message.
Always discuss your thoughts and issues with your vet about your horse before taking advice from other people. Your vet may know a good horse chiropractor that they can recommend to you or research and contact a chiropractor of your choice. This article is for informational purposes only. I am NOT a vet, and this is NOT LEGAL advice.
You can also check out my page on Western Saddle Fitting Issues.
Hopefully, you now have an understanding of how horse chiropractic care plays a role in horse health and care.
I Wish You All The Best With Your Horse. Michelle