Examining mobility in your horse


The horse should be able to move freely in all directions without tension, with or without a rider.

Using a treat if necessary, ask the horse to turn its head and neck to the side so that it touches its flank with its nostrils. Less mobility one side compared to the other could indicate a problem in the cervical vertebrae.

Test the lateral movement of the spine by placing one hand on the spine and with the other pull the horse’s tail carefully towards you so that its back bends around your hand.

Is one side stiffer than the other?

Place slight pressure on the back from above. The back should easily and evenly, spring and swing. It should not feel stiff and hard.



Comprehensive review of your health history
A detailed health history will be taken which gives us a good overview of your general health history, this is important in understanding how your past may have contributed to your current health.


Chiropractic Examination (Orthopaedic & Neurologic)
Your chiropractor will carry out an initial chiropractic examination, covering things like flexibility, range of movement, posture and many other general areas.


Postural & Spinal Assessment
As part of your examination we will cover your posture, a key part of your assessment.


Your Report of Findings Follow-up Visit

After your initial chiropractic consultation and examination, your results will be evaluated. 

Time will be spend fully explaining what we believe to be the cause of your pain and what course of action we recommend taking. At this point, we will also be able to answer any specific queries you have, such as how long it will take for you to heal and the costs involved.


You may be able to recognise back problems through your own observations in your  horse.

Consider your horse’s recent performance and demeanour:


  • Has your horse’s behavior or performance changed recently?
  • Does unusual or fluctuating lameness exist?
  • Does the rider have difficulty sitting straight on the horse?
  • Has the rider or trainer noticed changes in the various gaits?
  • Does the horse drag its feet or are the shoes worn down on one side?
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