We were pleased with Stacy's proffesionalism and treatment method as well as her calm and quiet manner of dealing with an injured horse. We would not hesitate to use her services again should they be required.
Dan & Anne Collen
Beaverdell, BC
Assessment - Making sure your horse gets the proper treatment

General assessment includes:

A series of physical exams to figure out the best approach or combination of treatments to be used on a particular horse.

The assessment usually goes as follows:

• Questions on horses history and health
• Observing the horse walk, trot and possibly lope in different directions

Head and Neck

• Palpating the head and jaw to rule out for any teeth issues that may affect the horse movement or attitude
• Series of range of motion tests on the upper and lower cervical
• Asking horse to bend neck around to show any stiffness in poll, neck or rib areas
• Spring test on vertebrae to feel for restrictions
• Palpate surrounding muscles

Shoulders and front legs

• Protracting and retracting the front legs indicates any stiff/sore muscles when horse has limited • range of motion
• Flex all the joints
• Abduct and adduct gently to feel for shoulder or muscle restrictions
• Examine hoofs to see how they are wearing

Back

• Spring test along the spine, apply pressure in different areas to see how horse reacts.
This displays any back soreness, skeletal or muscular
• Palpate the ribs

Hips

• Apply pressure to the point of the hip on both sides to see how the horse reacts
• Protract / retract hind legs
• Palpate hind muscles
• Examine hoofs
• Flex all the joints

When I am finished gathering all the information I will put together a treatment protocol. I may combine chiropractics with massage or acupressure with herbs or use three or four therapys combined together. I then may discuss nutrition options or herbs that may also aid in the healing process.