Just as humans benefit from treatment by a specialist if they have mobility restrictions or pain, so too, horses can benefit from chiropractic treatment: manipulation of the neck, lumbar spine, pelvis, hips and legs to take pressure off joints and relieve soreness and stiffness.
Kenneth Butler has been an equine chiropractor for 35 years. He treats Sandie’s horses at HorsePower Riding Academy as well as agisted horses there and many other horses, including racehorses, if they develop problems in movement or flexibility or exhibit signs of pain. It is his years of training and experience that enables him to treat equine mobility issues with such success. He has extensive knowledge of equine anatomy and medical issues that chiropractic treatments may or may not help. Please don’t try to copy anything you see Ken doing in the photos here. To do so without appropriate training and experience could cause injury to the horse and also to yourself.
Friday 30 September was the last day of the three-day camp held last week. In the morning, the camp attendees decorated their ponies with paint and by plaiting their manes. Then there was a morning gymkhana, with riders practising their skills by riding around different competition courses and trying to be fastest back to the starting point. Competitions were mostly two riders at a time, which meant ponies and riders could be matched for experience. For those who weren’t yet confident enough, they were either led with a lead rope or followed a more experienced rider. This enabled everyone to enjoy the gymkhana at their own level. Continue reading A great three-day camp→