May 4, 2016

Is Your Horse Pick for the Kentucky Derby a Winner? With Chiropractic Care, It Might Be!

By chirosushi In Chiropractic Pop Culture, Chiropractic Success, Sports

Well, according to USA Today, Larry “Thumper” Jones has been helping horses with Chiropractic care for years.

Equine chiropractic care is a rapidly emerging field among veterinarians due to increasing demand from horse owners for alternative therapies – Taryn Yates, DVM


Does Your Horse Need Chiropractic Care?

Bits & Bytes Farm owner Elizabeth Wood shares some insights

Most Off-the-track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs) need some chiropractic care. Their hips are slammed from behind in the starting gate, their heads are twisted sideways by the pony horse or on the hot walker. They are strong animals – they resist and pull muscles. Just as we humans can benefit from good chiropractic care, followed by stretching exercises to help us stay aligned, so do horses. Horses shows positive results much more quickly as their spinal column is not compressed like a human’s. They become more relaxed and happy when they are not afraid of pain when being ridden- Elizabeth Wood

  • Do the hip bones come up evenly on each side of the spine as the horse walks or does one hip bone come up more than another?
  • Watch the tail. It should swing and flow from side to side not be cocked to one side.
  • Does the horse not want to put weight on one of the rear legs as you are lunging in one direction or another?
  • Does your horse drag a hind leg in the trot? It will look like a stifle problem.
  • Does your horse struggles to do smooth downward transitions – canter to trot, trot to walk?

Check out more from Elizabeth Wood on this subject here


Veterinarians are often frustrated by horses with vague lameness but no specific localized pain or with poor performance but no obvious cause. Chiropractic provides another means of diagnosis and treatment for many musculoskeletal disorders. It can also be used to detect subclinical conditions (those not yet causing clinical signs) or abnormal biomechanics that may progress to more significant lameness issues. This is because disorders originating in the back can produce gait abnormalities and increase concussive forces in lower limb joints, leading to an increased risk for developing lameness. Taryn Yates, DVM



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