Equine Chiropractic

IMG_3248 Low-force chiropractic care for the equine athlete to restore flexibility, strength and musculoskeletal  integrity.

Today’s performance horses and our everyday riding partners benefits from chiropractic care just as much as we humans do. The principle of Equine Chiropractic is the same as with human chiropractic, which is to correct subluxations in order to remove nerve interferences in the body. This improves the bodies own healing abilities, as well as restoring biomechanical integrity in the musculoskeletal system. The improvement in nerve function as well as blood flow supports the body in restoring greater strength, flexibility and endurance. This will be experienced and expressed as an overall ease throughout the body/mind of the horse.

There are two main categories in chiropractic; high force and low-force techniques. Dr. Sandra Beddor utilize a low-force technique called “Low-force Specific” (L.F.S. ) coined by Dr. Pam Lovell of Paso Robles. It is a gentle yet specific adjusting technique that offers the horse a comprehensive treatment without putting the horse in any compromising positions. Each correction is done with a hand held “Activator” that generates an impulse between 2-4 cycles per millisecond, which allows for a safe and effective correction of the subluxation. The horse’s muscle reflex is 20 cycles per millisecond so the horse is not be able to react before the impulse has been delivered, hence allowing the adjustment to go through. Some of the adjustments may also be applied by hand depending on area and sensitivity of the horse.

What to expect on the first visit:

Set aside about 2 hrs. First visit entails consultation, examination and treatment. A quiet shady area like a stall, cross ties or breezeway is recommended . A person to hold the horse and also assist the chiropractor when necessary is required.

ImageWhat to expect after the treatment:

Some horses takes a couple of days to settle after the adjustment and will not exhibit much change, others will show immediate improvement. The horse uses the entire body, each and every joint and muscle to move, so it does not have an opportunity to rest any particular area. This is why it is important to give the horse a day off or just light work if possible. Proper nutrition and hydration is important to aid in elimination of metabolic waste that gets released into the circulation after the treatment, as well as preventing muscle soreness in the horse.

How many treatments does my horse need?

The need of each horse is very individual. However, in general it is recommended to have  between 2-5 follow up treatments for a particular issue to resolve. It could be more than that depending on the severity of the problem. The intention with the initial treatment plan is to correct and stabilize the horse with the least amount of treatments. Once the horse has improved and is showing signs of stability it is  then up to each owner if s/he wants to continue care for conditioning and maintenance. Follow up visits are 1-1 1/2hrs.


Dr. Sandra Beddor practices in accordance to the California code of regulations section 2038 which states in part that “musculoskeletal manipulation of animals may only be performed by licensed veterinarian or by a licensed chiropractor working as an unlicensed assistant under direct supervision of a veterinarian at a veterinarian hospital or range setting”.

A prescription from your veterinarian for chiropractic examination and adjustment is required before setting up an appointment.

Chiropractic care is never a substitute for veterinary care.


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