A horse requiring chiropractic treatment may present with a variety of signs and symptoms. Some of these are due directly to pain or discomfort, and many more are as a result of the horse compensating in its posture and movement. Listed below are some of the signs and symptoms:
Change in the horses attitude towards work and its general temperament
Swishing tail, ears back when being ridden
Bucking and rearing
Loss of overall performance
‘Cold backed’- to weight of saddle/rider, objecting to the girth being tightened
Reluctance to take a certain lead in canter
Stiffness (general, or on one rein)
Increase frequency of over-reaching, brushing type injuries
Unable to work low and long and flex at the poll
Shortened choppy stride
Engagement issues- loss of power from the hindquarters
‘Heavy’ or pulling more on the one rein than the other
Rider feeling generally ‘crooked’ in the saddle
Muscle atrophy- (muscles appearing bulkier on one side compared to the other
Tack- poorly fitted/use of tack.
Rider-problems with the rider sitting crooked, or unsympathetic riding.
Trailer or lorry transportation- unsympathetic driving & long jorneys.
Foaling difficulties- pregnancy and birthing difficulties affecting mare and foal.
Ageing- Wear and tear on joints, the effects of previous small injuries become more apparent.
Stabling & small paddocks- Confined spaces, not allowing the horse to move, roll, buck etc. sufficiently.
Shoeing/trimming of hoof- Incorrect or poor shoeing and foot balancing.
Being ridden for specific disciplines-very discipline has its own specific strains for the horse.
General anaesthetics- Has the potential to cause back problems.