Riding Magazine

Back On Track

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

YOUCH! My Back is Killing Me! What your horse is trying to tell you.

by Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE

Probably at some point in our lives most of us – riders or not – have suffered from backaches, charley horses, sciatica, or even perhaps more drastically – slipped discs, herniated discs, or pinched vertebral nerves. You know how painful any of these symptoms can be, and you know how they can be treated: over-the-counter or stronger drugs and painkillers, massage, chiropractic adjustments or even surgery.

But what about your horses? Do they suffer from back pain or injuries that result in symptomatic lameness or other "behavioral manifestations?" Many recent articles seem to prefer to attribute some of these consequential behavioral issues to "stubbornness," "resistance," or even simply "bad behavior," but the solution is often right before our eyes without the need for veterinary or chiropractic care.

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