Tips for Finding an Equine Chiropractic Practitioner
Published by Triplehchiropractic on January 26, 2016
If your horse is showing symptoms of discomfort, such as an altered gait, behavioral changes, decreased performance, or resents the saddle, bucks, or shows a combination of these symptoms, it may be that spinal alignment is needed.
At the hands of a qualified chiropractor that deals with horses, relief is an adjustment away. Animal chiropractic has been a discipline for over a hundred years. It has proven to be quite effective as an alternative treatment for horses when conventional veterinary care has failed to yield results. More and more horse owners are seeking this form of therapy for their animals to restore normal spinal column movement. It sometimes happens that horses exhibit problems that appear indeterminate to veterinarians, issues that do not have an apparent cause. A chiropractor can often provide diagnosis and treatment, so it makes sense to include chiropractic in your horse’s health care regimen. Finding a reputable horse chiropractor is essential for the care of your animal. At Triple H Chiropractic, we know that it can be hard to tell a good practitioner from one who isn’t. To make it easier, we have listed some tips for finding a good one below:
Ask Your Vet
A good place to start your search for a chiropractor who specializes in the treatment of horses is your veterinarian. They may know of a reliable chiropractor that they can recommend. Some vets even practice the art. However, be aware that some veterinarians may not be familiar with the practice, or they may frown on its use. Just because your vet may not promote it, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t seek out chiropractic care for your animal. Please be aware that chiropractic is not a replacement for veterinary medicine. It is a supplementary specialty. The animal chiropractor should and will work in sync with your vet to produce the best possible health care.
Ask Fellow Horse Owners
Word of mouth is the best marketing tool for a reason. Only satisfied customers and clients bother telling others about their positive experience. Consult with your fellow Equestrians and see if any can recommend a good animal chiropractor. It is possible that someone you know has had good results with a particular practitioner. You may get lucky and find a great match that will tend to your beloved horse’s specific needs. Fellow horse lovers may also be able to steer you clear of the less than reliable sort. Most practitioners are well-trained and knowledgeable, but like any field, there are those members who are less than reputable. Fortunately, due to word of mouth, they rarely stay in business for any length of time.
Check With Other Breeders and Owners Associations
Associations may have some data on the subject or be able to put you in touch with a good chiropractor. They may have a list on hand or know of some chiropractic technicians. It could prove fruitful to consult with an organization, even if you are not a member. An excellent place to find a practitioner is the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. According to their website they are “a professional membership group promoting animal chiropractic to professionals and the public, and acting as the certifying agency for doctors who have undergone post-graduate animal chiropractic training.” They have a convenient “find a doctor” section that is categorized by state.
Examine the Chiropractor’s Educational Background
When you have settled on a few names of potential chiropractors, visit their websites. They will likely have information about their education and experience available on the site. Look for customer testimonials. Happy clients tend to be willing to post about their positive experiences. You can also do some research using “reporting sites” such as the better Business Bureau, Yelp, and similar web pages. Finally, you can do some research on the schools that the chiropractor attended to determine the quality of schooling they received.
Confirm a Chiropractor’s Experience
You want to choose a chiropractor who has been in business long enough to have gained experience. How long they have been practicing is significant to your choice. What you are looking for is a great skill set matched with plenty of hands-on experience.
Look Into Their Fees
The rates for chiropractic services will vary from practitioner to practitioner. It is wise to try and save money, but choosing a chiropractor based on the lowest fees isn’t always a good idea. It isn’t all about money. While there is nothing wrong with saving money, the other factors that make a good practitioner are sometimes more important.
Schedule an Interview With the Chiropractor
In the final analysis, finding an excellent chiropractor for your horse rests with you and you alone. You need to have a perspective on whom you will use. The initial feeling you get about the practitioner will tell you much. The best way to accomplish that is to meet with several and see how they come across in person. There are some common traits to look for in a good chiropractor that includes their willingness to listen and answer questions, having patience, knowledge, and staying current with the latest techniques and treatments. They should welcome your questions and be aware of your concerns. You should not be made to feel hurried. They should show interest in you and your horse, and above all else, want to bring comfort to the animal and to relieve its pain.
It will be worth the time investment to talk to several chiropractors before you make a decision. Once you find the right match, he or she could potentially become a long time partner in caring for your horse. Veterinary medicine doesn’t always have all of the answers, and by the same token, chiropractic for animals isn’t a universal remedy. It is our hope that you understand that together, these two disciplines will prolong the health of your horses. With a little research, you will find the best animal chiropractor for your horse’s needs.