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June 22, 2012

Tips on Equine Chiropractic

by DePaolo Equine Concepts

For our 200th post on the blog, Dr. Mark wanted to give some tips on proper Equine Chiropractic since he is very passionate about treating horses properly and helping them feel their best!

It is very important to always to research BEFORE scheduling an appointment with anyone called to treat your horse. An equine chiropractor MUST either be a human chiropractor certified in equine chiropractic by the AVCA or a licensed veterinarian. Often times shoers or massage therapists also practice chiropractic but it is important to know that they are not properly certified therefore if you ever need to take action against them it will be very difficult.

Your equine chiropractor should have a minimum of 5 years experience in adjusting horses if at all possible. Human chiropractors are legally allowed to practice equine chiropractic, which is fine, but they need to have a strong understanding of equine physiology.

It is great if your equine chiropractor is also trained in acupuncture as it will make the adjustments hold much longer but anyone doing equine acupuncture must be a licensed vet because acupuncture is considered surgery by the veterinary boards.

To learn more about proper Equine Chiropractic, please watch our YouTube Video.

Some important things to avoid:

  • Never adjust a horse chiropractically if it is in need of dental work.
  • Never adjust a horse chiropractically if it has improperly trimmed or shod hooves.
  • Never adjust a horse chiropractically if it has an abscess.
  • Never adjust a horse chiropractically any time the underlying issue is not a chiropractic problem.

Finally, in rare cases a bad chiropractic adjustment can result in permanent damage.
An equine chiropractor should be prompt, professional and polite to you and your horse.
The most important thing for an equine chiropractor to know is when NOT to adjust a horse. Never let an equine chiropractor use mallets, hammers and dowels or ropes when adjusting your horse.

To learn more about what to avoid in an equine chiropractor, please visit our YouTube Video on the subject.

To learn more about Dr. Mark’s Veterinary Chiropractic & Acupuncture Practice, please visit the AllStar Equine website.

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