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Signs Your Horse Would Benefit from Chiropractic Care

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Wouldn’t it be great if we could feel 100% well, all of the time? Not surprisingly, our four-legged friends have the same sentiments about health. And even though they – like we humans – can’t achieve perfect, unending wellness, there are innovative steps they can take to stay in tip-top shape. Keep reading to discover what equine chiropractic care can do for your horse! 

Equine chiropractic care can be used for both treatment of a condition and for preventive maintenance. Top reasons for equine chiropractic visits include (but are not limited to):

  • Acute problems, such as tension or stiffness
  • Recovery from an injury
  • Preventative care for horses in training
  • To help maintain fitness
  • To enhance performance for horses who compete

Signs Your Horse Would Benefit from Chiropractic Care

The most common indicator of problems with the vertebrae, joints, or muscles is pain. Signs that your horse might be in pain include:

  • Abnormal posture
  • Reduced performance
  • Reactions to being saddled (such as pinning back its ears or tossing its head)
  • Refusing to jump
  • Changes in gait rhythm or patterns
  • Difficulty turning or working in one direction
  • Sensitivity to touch or grooming
  • Changes in behavior (always consult with your veterinarian when changes in behavior occur so you can rule out any emergencies)

Dr. Julia Dietz, DVM

Injury, or even everyday activities, can lead to reduced mobility between vertebrae and abnormal spinal movement. This, in turn, impacts surrounding tissue and muscle. Equine chiropractors focus on restoring the spinal column’s normal movement and function.

Carolina Equine Hospital is privileged to have a doctor on staff who is also an equine chiropractor! Dr. Julia Dietz is a certified Equine Medical Manipulation Practitioner and studied equine chiropractic care at the Integrated Veterinary Medical Institute in Reddick, Florida. 

Carolina Equine Hospital

Do you suspect your horse may need chiropractic care? Give us a call at 336-349-4080 to make an appointment so we can assess the situation. We service equines in the Piedmont Triad and have an emergency doctor on call 24/7.