Yes, horses need chiropractic care!
Body adjustments are essential.
Therefore not having chiropractic care done on your horse can result in physical and mental issues.
Your horse’s attitude toward you can be an issue due to pain and displacement of the body.
There are times when the issue gets ignored or overlooked because the owner doesn’t think about having chiropractic care done on their horse.
When their horse is not cooperating half the time, the owner doesn’t watch his horse and check his body for soreness. As the issues progress, so do the attitude from their horse.
Then guess what happens? The owner starts getting aggressive with their horse and causes even more problems. The results are the horse gets put up for sale and labeling the horse as dangerous. I don’t want you to sell your horse if all he needs is his hip or another part of his body given an adjustment.
Why Does My Horse Have A Nasty Attitude Towards Me?
If your horse has a nasty change in his attitude with you, please rule out every possibility that can be causing issues for your horse. First, check your riding equipment and make sure all fit ok. Many times, a horse that is irritated or resistant to you when you ask something from him maybe because he is in pain. Have your vet examine your horse to rule out any physical issues, then go from there.
Horses can pull a muscle out by merely riding him.
When horses play with others, they can be a little aggressive. (they might trip and fall or twist the wrong way)
Horses hip and leg bones can pop out of place only by
not properly exercising before, riding, or working.
Depending on the weather, where you live or how much time you have to spend exercising your horse determines how much your horse stays in shape.
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 horses lack in exercise for months, excepts walking in their pasture during the day and standing in their stall at night. If there is a snowstorm, then may be stalled 24/7 for a couple of days. Their muscles 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 horse back 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.
Brushing your horse down will help him relax, ease his tension, and circulate his blood flow — kind of like getting a message.
Always discuss your thoughts and issues with to 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, which can also play a part in your horse’s attitude.
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
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