Equine chiropractic care can be used in conjunction with traditional veterinary care to address and help prevent musculoskeletal issues in horses. 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.
When to Consider Equine Chiropractic Care
Equine chiropractic care can be used for both treatment of a condition or preventive care. Many horse owners choose equine chiropractors for the following:
- Chronic musculoskeletal problems
- 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 sign of problems with the vertebrae, joints, or muscles is pain. Signs your horse is 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
- Changes in behavior
- Sensitivity to touch or grooming
Certified Equine Chiropractor
Dr. Julia Shanahan, a member of the Carolina Equine Hospital veterinary team, has training and experience providing chiropractic services for horses. She is certified as an Equine Medical Manipulation Practitioner and studied equine chiropractic care at the Integrated Veterinary Medical Institute in Reddick, Florida.
To make an appointment for chiropractic care, use our online form or call our office at 336-349-4080.