Chiropractic Care for Horses

Any musculoskeletal problem or injury can affect the entire body, often leading to skeletal misalignments, muscle spasm, pain and discomfort which will subsequently affect performance.

A McTimoney chiropractic treatment, carried out by a qualified animal chiropractor, will aid your horse’s recovery, increasing their comfort and maximising their performance.

How do I know if I need a horse chiropractor?

Symptoms to look out for:

  • Asymmetries such as stiffness on one rein
  • Unexplained deterioration in performance
  • Lack of impulsion, unwillingness to go forward
  • Refusing to jump, knocking jumps down
  • Rushing into canter, disunited gait, striking off incorrectly, bunny hopping
  • Stumbling or tripping
  • Sore or cold backed
  • Saddle slipping to one side
  • Unexplained resistance, such as napping, rearing or bucking
  • Uneven muscle development or atrophy
  • Behavioural changes
  • Resistance of grooming or tacking up
  • Carrying the tail to one side

Common causes of problems:

  • Trauma, fall, road traffic accident
  • Conformational compensations
  • Compensations from other injuries
  • Unbalanced riders
  • Getting cast
  • Poorly fitting tack or rugs
  • Sharp teeth
  • Inappropriate work intensity

What are the Benefits of Seeing an Equine Chiropractor?

Benefits include:

  • Increased flexibility and mobility
  • Increased stride length
  • Increased muscle elasticity
  • Improved coordination
  • Relaxation and decrease in stress levels
  • Relief from discomfort
  • Increased rate of healing
  • Quicker recovery from exercise
  • A decrease in post exercise muscle soreness
  • Helps to prevent muscle strain

How Long does a McTimoney Chiropractic Treatment Take?

The initial consultation for a horse will take around 1 hour depending on any issues found.

Follow-up appointments will be around 30-45 mins.

Complementary Treatments

Sports Massage Therapy and Kinesiology taping are a great follow up to a McTimoney treatment.

Sports Massage Therapy is the application of Swedish massage techniques to promote good health and enhance performance. Equine massage is beneficial pre and post competition by increasing flexibility, reducing stiffness and helping to reduce the chances of injury.

Kinesiology taping treatments use Equi-Tape which is a latex-free, elastic cotton, two-way-stretch tape technology containing advanced adhesive properties for ease of application and removal. Equi-tape does not compress the tissue, unlike other types of tapes and taping methods. Its design characteristics and associated application techniques decompress tissues thereby allowing for increased circulation and decreased pressure on pain receptors.