The chiropractor will ask questions and carry out an examination which usually includes an analysis of both posture and gait. Usually the rider or handler is aware of areas where the horse responds differently from side-to-side.

The chiropractor will then assess the range of movement of the animal's spine and limbs to see if it is even on each side, as well as feeling the muscles around the spine to assess any muscle spasm, swelling or the presence of any hot or cold spots that will indicate an alteration in circulation.
The chiropractor may look for uneven wear on hooves or shoes, before watching the animal moving to assess whether there is any lameness, weakness, hitching of one hip, shortening of the stride, stumbling, inco-ordination or restricted movement.

In order for the chiropractor to properly assess your animal, it may be necessary for you to provide diagnostic information from the treating veterinarian, including any imaging or reports.It is extremely important that you provide as full-as-possible medical history for your animal.With this information your veterinarian and your chiropractor can determine whether Chiropractic care can help your animal.

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