How to tell if your horse is subluxated

Our equine athletes benefit greatly from regular chiropractic care.  Proactive care allows for their nervous system to function at its very best.  The rigors of training, travel, diet changes, and stress routinely cause subluxations in the horse.  Here are some examples of structural or behavioral changes that  indicate that your horse may be subluxated in one or more areas of his spine:

Watch your horse turn its head.  There should be no tilt to the head as the horse reaches back to its shoulder.  Check the length of your horse’s leg by comparing the height of the hocks.  Look for symmetry in muscle balance on both sides of its withers and spine. Observe pelvic instability or a difference height between left and right.  Look for heat, tenderness, and swelling around the spine and the joints that articulate with the spine.

Your horse may benefit from chiropractic care if he exhibits one or more of the following:

  • Decreased performance and energy
  • Loss of wind capacity
  • Problems executing movements
  • Behavioral changes
  • Head carriage or fighting the bit
  • Short strides
  • Abnormal posture when standing
  • Gait problems
  • Increased incidence of injuries
  • Back pain or flinching when grooming, tacking up, or mounting
  • History of ulcers
  • Muscle imbalance, spasm, or atrophy
  • Chronic, repetitive infections or injuries
  • Rearing or bucking or lack of focus
  • Leg and foot problems