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Equine Veterinary Care


Chiropractic care, also known as spinal manipulation, begins with an exam of the equine spine and limb joints to find restrictions or areas of decreased range of motion.

Specific manipulations, or adjustments, are then used to restore normal range of motion (ROM) and normal function to the joint(s). These manipulations involve a high velocity, low amplitude (HVLA) thrust directed in the plane of the joint to correctly and safely restore ROM. Specific knowledge of anatomy and extensive training is required to correct restriction, not extreme strength. Chiropractic treatment is well-suited for horses who are experiencing: 

  • Change in behavior or attitude, while saddling, riding, etc. 

  • Change in performance or decreased energy 

  • Girthiness 

  • Refusing jumps or changing in jumping style 

  • Resistance to collect or laterally bend  

  • Hard on one rein 

  • Sticking tongue out 

  • Avoiding bit contact 

  • Difficulty with one lead, always landing on the same lead after a jump 

  • Wringing tail 

  • Stiffness 

  • Shortened stride 

  • Muscle atrophy 

  • Difficulty flexing at the poll 

  • Lameness 

  • Bucking, especially in gait changes like trot to canter 

  • Poor muscle development 

  • Asymmetrical sweat pattern  

If you are interested in learning more, or booking a chiropractic service please call our office at (410) 392-6646.