Our goal is to educate and inform people about a different way to address chronic performance problems in horses. There are too many situations where these problems limit the experience between horse and rider and allow neither to reach their potential. By changing the protocol of care for our equine athletes we can often experience miraculous changes in a horse’s soundness and behavior. The practice now consists of managing and rehabilitating equine athletes by using Western Sports Medicine combined with Animal Chiropractic techniques and Acupuncture. This integrated approach consists of dealing with both the actual injury and the entire horse. The latter being the key to fixing the underlying causes that are creating pathology and often preventing healing. Symptomatic treatment of injuries is too often treating compensation and does not provide the body with tools to heal itself. Horses were meant to be able to heal while in motion and stay off an injury without compensating the rest of the body. By using techniques that restore optimal functioning of the body’s own nervous and musculoskeletal systems the horse is better able to manage his injury and allow for complete restorative healing to begin.
Promoting a Shift in Thought
It is time to promote a shift in thought where we prioritize the care of our horse’s musculoskeletal systems as a whole and realize that this will go far prevent injuries and inconsistent performances. There are many stereotypic gaits, behaviors and postures that are representative of an underlying malfunction of the input and output systems. Many of these are considered variations of normal by our equine caretakers and professionals. Unfortunately many of these are also responses to pain and all too often lead to performance or soundness problems that result in the loss of that animals intended use. Traditional medicine alone is not as effective because it neither considers or supports the role that the body can play in its own healing and its destruction. This can be a big factor in a successful outcome to a case and a reason why there are failures.
Restorative healing is the process which aligns the body’s powerful defenses with specific Western therapies to create permanent and proven results.