His 1st Chiropractic session!

This striking 12 year old paint gelding was a bucking stock stallion for all of his life until a couple of days ago. He is now on the road to recovery and trust as he learns that not all humans are bad!

His 1st Chiropractic session!

Postby Juliane on Sat Nov 17, 2007 9:06 pm

Ace had his first chiropractic appointment yesterday. We had an opportunity to bring Zoe in due to her serious back issues - but I was also hopeful we could squeeze Ace in too. I've always wondered about his 'sunken hip'. The feedlot owner told me when I picked Ace up, that Ace had broken his pelvis in a bucking run. Chuck never had Ace treated and just turned him out to pasture to heal naturally and breed his mares.

I've never seen Ace be off on that related hind leg/foot, nor has he appeared lame to me. Dr Hannah was immediately able to notice that he is indeed lame, but called it a 'mechanical lameness' and not one due to pain. After palpating the area and watching Ace move out at the trot, she said that it didn't seem like there was a break in the joint, but instead somewhere higher in his hip. When I asked if she thought that riding Ace would be painful for him, she said no, and in fact, felt that riding him would be therapeutic to his old injury! Yay!

When Dr. Hannah first started working on Ace, he was on guard. He's used to me smothering him with kisses and hanging all over him, but not restraining him. When he wasn't able to move away from Dr Hannah's advances, he got a bit nervous. But, he got over it pretty quickly.

The really enlightening part of the session was when Ace realized that Dr. Hannah was trying to make him feel better! It almost seemed like he was incredulous that someone was massaging him in hopes of releasing his tense muscles. But once he realized and accepted this, you could see his demeanor change. Boy, did he enjoy his back being worked on! :)

Here's a few pics from yesterday - special thanks to Ally for setting up and hosting this appointment with Dr. Hannah:

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Postby ptownevt on Sun Nov 18, 2007 4:56 pm

Wow, look at that last picture and how much his head has dropped. Is his mouth open? It looks like he is chewing, too. He's such a sweetheart. Thanks for taking such good care of him.
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Postby cat_67 on Sun Nov 18, 2007 8:11 pm

I love chiro for horses with old injuries...I have seen that response you got from Ace so many times. The aaaaaah that feels goooood look. I think with a horse like Ace, the more pleasurable experiences you can give him, the more you just build that foundation that people are good and you cover over the old, bad experiences.

I have always wanted to take a basic equine massage course and be able to do some of my own work that way on my rescues. Wouldn't that be fun to learn?
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Postby Juliane on Sun Dec 02, 2007 5:10 pm

Here is Ace's chiropractice report from Dr. Hannah:

11/16/07 Farm Call

Julianne Hanley

Subjective/Objective:
Ace: 12y/o gelding Paint (chestnut and white)

History/Presenting Concern: (Gelded at 10-11yrs) Was a bucking stock horse for 10 years, until he injured hip- left hip (About 4 years ago). Was basically untouchable initially but has done well.

Bodywork Treatment:
Left knock down hip. Watched him move briefly- free lunged at the trot, has left hind lameness, but appears more mechanical at this point, fracture appears higher up on hip, does not appear to affect coxofemoral joint.

Went slow with treatment, able to adjust C5L, T8/9, L3, Pressure on L AS and R PI, unable to adjust atlas (didn’t want to scar him with too much restraint/pressure) Muscle spasm on palpation of L3-5 region on left and T13-14 region on right, massage ++. Hip is non-painful on palpation.

Assessment/Plan: Ace did well overall for his treatment. Recommend further treatments as he does more work to evaluate his progress. He looks comfortable with his hip enough for light trail riding (walk and some trot) and should do well with this. Monitor closely for change in gait as he is being brought into work.

Please call or email with any questions or concerns.

Dr. Hannah Evergreen
206-940-8589
info@evergreenholisticvet.com
PO Box 1494
Monroe, WA 98272
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