Equine Chiropractic Videos
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
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to replace professional opinions or recommendations.
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I thought that one of the best ways to show you the
difference between a qualified equine chiropractor and
someone who is just calling themselves a "chiropractor" is
to do just that - Show You!!!
So, I have compiled my list of what I like to call - Equine
Chiropractic, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
I have scoured the internet to find videos of people allowing
someone to apply "equine chiropractic" to their horse. I will
give you my opinion of the video and then supply it to you for
I will try to be kind in my comments, but I will also try to get
the point across as to what I think is going on.
I hope this will help you to understand more about what
good chiropractic work looks like and what to avoid.
I thought I would start with the good because I know some of you have short attention spans. Just kidding.
I am starting with the good so that you will have a starting point. I think that after you see what a good
equine chiropractic treatment looks like, it will help you to see what makes the others "Bad".
This first video is from Dr. Nikki Johnson in Wisconsin. Note - she is a veterinarian that is professionally
trained. And, yes, the horse really is receiving an adjustment from the gentle thrusts.
I almost feel bad adding this girl to my "Bad" category. I think that she genuinely wants to help the horse.
Unfortunately, her methods are too aggressive and are most likely causing damage to the horse at the very moment
that she is trying to help it. I think that you can tell from her own comments as well as her methods that she is not
a truly trained professional. Her comments about how you have to get your hands on a lot of animals and work on
your "touch" tells me that she has not.
Just know that these methods are not what is trained in the AVCA (American Veterinary Chiropractic Association).
This man has definitely not had any real professional training. I think that the fact that the horse is constantly
objecting to the "treatment" should be a sign that what this guy is doing to him is causing pain. But, aside from
that, his methods are very primative and not at all what a professional adjustment should look like.
Please do not allow anyone to do this to your horse.
Hall of Shame
After some thought, I decided to put this guy in the Hall of Shame. What idiot uses a hammer (even though it
is rubber) to hit the horse directly on the bone. I know that there are people who do this, but I for the life of me
don't know why. Why would you take the chance of breaking the tip off of the bone to "adjust" your horse when
there are kinder, gentler, more humane ways of doing it?
I am especially disturbed by the comments that are made about the SPCA - which tells me they understand
this is aggressive. Apparently, they think those of us who find this disturbing are just being too soft.
To back up my thoughts, I am going to include a few of the comments made by other professionals about this
This guy was trying, I think, to adjust the sacro-iliac joint. There is no way you can load
this joint using a mallet. Mallets can fracture a spinous process. You don't have to worry
as much about the mammillary processes in the lumbar spine since they are deep as are
the joint facets. But ouch!
The hip joint is where the femur (ball) articulates with the acetabulum (socket). This is not
what I saw on the video clip. A mallet cannot fix that. But the practitioner I saw here struck
the tuber coxae with the mallet--ouch! What did that accomplish? It certainly could not
have moved the SI joint. But I did see the horse jump a little, so we know he's alive!
By Dr. Daniel Kamen, D.C.
Are you a licensed, degreed, certified doctor? I hope not....I am. I use my hands to adjust
horses, dogs, humans.....not a mallet. This is the 21st century...not the stoneage.
By - Unknown contributor
I hope that you have learned a little something about equine chiropractic after viewing these videos and hopefully
you have read my article about equine chiropractic. The purpose of this section is to help to bring awarenes
to some of the unethical, inhumane, and sometimes cruel things being done to horses under the name of
If you do not agree with me, you don't need to send me a nasty email or anything, you can just allow these
barbaric "treatments" to be done to your horse. If so, I feel sorry for your horse. And, I wish you luck - you are
going to need it.