nervous system,” says Cogswell.
In essence, chiropractic puts the
horse’s body in the best position to heal
and maintain health.
The number of chiropractic
treatments needed depends on
each horse’s individual situation. In
many cases, a specific problem can
be addressed in only a couple of
treatments. That makes chiropractic
remarkably effective when you look
at in on a cost basis.
Cogswell typically sees a horse for
the first time because of a problem
that is affecting performance. Once
owners see how chiropractic can
address these issues, they often opt
for maintenance visits every four to
six weeks in hopes of avoiding acute
conditions in the future.
When the chiropractor comes out
for an initial visit, don’t be afraid to
ask questions. A good chiropractor
wants you to understand what is
being done to your horse.
“Educating the client enhances
my business,” says Cogswell. “The
more educated my client is with
what I’m doing, the better they are
able to judge when the horse needs
chiropractic attention, and then issues
won’t be put off.”
CYNTHIA McFARLAND is an Ocala, Fla.-based freelance writer, horse owner and
avid trail rider. The author of nine books,
her latest is The Horseman’s Guide to Tack
about angles and
weight or strength.
If your regular veterinarian
doesn’t recommend a specific
chiropractor, you can find one in
your area through the American
Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA).
Founded in 1989 by a group
of chiropractors and veterinarians, the AVCA is an international organization that certifies
animal chiropractic education
programs. To maintain certification, the chiropractor must have
completed an AVCA-recognized
certification course and regularly
keep up with continuing education courses.
To find a certified chiropractor
in your region, visit
animalchiropractic.org and click
on “Find a Doctor.”