Know what good equine chiropractic care is!
There are a growing number of people calling themselves chiropractors who have minimal training. Since chiropractors are working with the musculoskeletal system, this can be extremely dangerous to your horse. The practitioner should be a veterinarian or human chiropractor who has studied equine chiropractic, knows equine anatomy, and considers equine chiropractic to be their career.
Equine veterinary chiropractic care is the fundamental core of Pacific Northwest Equine’s approach to holistic horse health care. Dr. Mark has developed a very comprehensive approach to his veterinary chiropractic treatments. His chiropractic care is more than “fixing” a sore back; it is a detailed approach to each horse as an individual.
The entire spine, muscle structure and extremities are addressed. Your horse will NOT be tranquilized or restrained and all adjustments are performed by hand. NO mallets, implements, devices or standing platforms are used.
To begin, Dr. Mark performs a thorough physical exam of your horse to find the areas causing pain. He then works from head to tail, including picking up all four legs,to restore balance and motion to the musculoskeletal system.
Dr. Mark will then ask your horse to bend using 4 different carrot stretches.He will then go through a final exam to find out if your horse needs acupuncture to treat any trigger points or health concerns.
Equine Veterinary Chiropractic Treatments Address:
• Decreased performance
• Shoulder, back and hip pain
• Difficulty standing for the farrier
• Overall stiffness or stiffness to one side
• Gait abnormalities or short striding
• Horses that seem “off”
• Hollowing back or loss of collection
• Head tossing and/or tail wringing
• Resentment during grooming/saddling
• Pinched nerves
• Arthritic symptoms
• Recovery from post-surgery
• Muscle spasms
• Jaw, TMJ or chewing problems
• Behavioral changes (cinchy, bucking, kicking out)
• Inability to pick up leads or cross cantering
For more information on Dr. Mark’s practice, procedures and services, please visit the Pacific Northwest Equine website.