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Signs & Symptoms

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)
  • Shifting lameness
  • 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
  • Postural asymmetry
  • Muscle atrophy- (muscles appearing bulkier on one side compared to the other
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10 Common Causes

  • Tack- poorly fitted/use of tack.
  • Rider-problems with the rider sitting crooked, or unsympathetic riding.
  • Trauma-falls/slips/being cast.
  • 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.

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