Thursday, January 22, 2009

Chiropractor??


Well I thought I would post another situation that I have with my 10 year old gelding Max. Since I got great advice about hackamore, thought I might see what everyone thought. Everyone's advice might help pinpoint the problem. I had my horse shooed by this really young farrier last year sometime. He said he mostly did racehorses and... well I thought he would be okay for my horse this one time since I didn't have anyone at the time. Well he took care of him and the next day or so I rode him and he was completely off. He could not keep the correct lead in his hind end for anything. It was like his hind end kept falling out from underneath him. So I found a farrier that could help and he has been taking care of him but I cannot get him over this problem anymore. We can go several strides fine and then boom he like crossfires in the hind end. Could his back be out? Also within the last 3 weeks I have noticed him limping when he trots off. Couldn't really pinpoint it until yesterday when my farrier said it was his left front shoulder. Every time you picked up the right he totally leans on you so he doesn't have to put to all the pressure on the left. We can pull that left front leg out and bend it and it doesn't seem to bother him so....I don't know. He did have an accident on that knee like 1 year ago but he healed and he didn't seem to have any trouble after that. So I wonder if I need to have the Chiropractor out to look at him. We have a really good one out in this area. I'm kinda skeptical of them but.... Well I'm really needing him to feel good cause I'm trying to sale him. I came to terms that I cannot give him the attention he needs. This is a horse that needs a job and right now I cant give it to him. He is such a sweet and gentle horse but spoiled right now! I raised him so I am really partial to him and It has been a hard decision to make but I think it will be better for him if he can find the right person to really give him a job. Right now I just ride him here and there and it just isn't enough! :( He is such a sweet boy!! I just love him.

6 comments:

Pony Girl said...

I would probably recommend a chiropractor to look at him. I did it with my 14 yr. old ex-reining horse gelding, who seemed "off" last summer. It wasn't a miracle adjustment, but, he did seem better. He is due for another visit. Here is the link to my post about my horse's apt., as well as lots of great advice from readers in the comments section on this kind of work in general:

http://ponygirlridesagain.blogspot.com/2008/07/well-hes-not-train-wreck.html

By the way, Max is beautiful!

Melissa said...

I rode a friend's horse in a drill team last summer, and she was very stiff to one side. After a few chiropractic adjustments, she definitely was a little better. Not dramatically, but definitely noticeable. . .
I don't know if it will help your gelding or not, but it probably won't hurt. . .
Also, thanks for the name suggestion! I really like Liam, too.

Heart of a Cowgirl said...

This guy is beautiful, I love a black and white paint. I think a chiro visit definitely couldn't hurt. We use one on a regular basis for our rope horses, sometimes they get out of whack. It is pretty cool to watch the chiro work, you can see the horses relaxing...
Good luck!

Sarah said...

Wow I am out of the loop!!Chiropractic seems like a good idea! Works for humans!!

Heather said...

Call Samantha Uhrig, the big animal vet in Carlsbad. She does accupuncture. Everyone says she's really helps. We haven't used her for that, but she does all our other vet stuff and we like her.

C-ingspots said...

Hi there, thanks for visiting my blog and for the kind comment. I work for an equine veterinarian who specializes in lameness, and this is right up my alley. I personally would NEVER recommend a chiropractor without first having a good vet look at her. In my experience, 80% of the time lameness issues are either below the knee or a sore back/neck. However...if this problem showed up rather quickly after an incident (like the shoeing), it could have been a hot nail or an abscess brewing in there. I highly recommend having a vet check your horse out first and then ask him/her if it is something that a chiropractor could possibly help. Good luck.