Equine Chiropractic for Horses and Thoroughbreds

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

With today being the 2008 Kentucky Derby (Big Brown was the winner) I thought I’d share a video of chiropractors adjusting horses.

That may come as a surprise to some but chiropractors in the USA have been providing care to horses, dogs, and other animals for more than 100 years. While the first years of chiropractic were focused on care for humans, the popularity of adjusting animals has continued to grow.

There are continuing education and school programs for chiropractors seeking to provide care to animals, I’d suggest doing some searches for things like Equine Chiropractic, Horse Chiropractic, Veterinary Chiropractic, Animal Chiropractic,  or Veterinarian Chiropractors.

Licensing for providing care to animals varies from state to state with some states requiring joint veterinary licensure of the overseeing of chiropractic care by a licensed veterinarian. I’m coming across more chiropractors taking care of animals each year, I’m also meeting more veterinarian practitioners that incorporate chiropractic care (and sometimes acupuncture and massage for animals) into their professional practices.

Check out this six minute video on a Caledonia chiropractor working on a horse. The video and the music is a little bit cheesy, but the chiropractor gets his point across.


As he mentions in the video, the horse is having a problem with her back leg. The chiropractor begins by checking the horses neck first, stating that he’s looking for muscle tightness throughout the joints in the neck. He palpates down the horses spine, checking the thoracic spine and the lumbar spine.

There’s plenty of chiropractic adjusting videos now online, including those involving adjustments for animals like thoroughbred horses. Do some searches for the terms listed above and add video to the search phrase to find what you’re seeking. Thanks to the chiropractor in Ontario that originally posted the video to YouTube. We’re glad it was available.