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Equine Chiropractic

Equine Chiropractic

The Horse Vet provides a combination of traditional veterinary medicine with chiropractic and acupuncture to treat poor performance in horses and ponies.

We offer a specialist equine chiropractic service with all examinations and treatments carried out by an equine veterinarian certified in veterinary chiropractic.

Routine checks, existing conditions and poor performance can all benefit from chiropractic.

To gain maximum performance, sports horses need to be consistently in optimum health and working with correct biomechanics to prevent injury. Slight inefficiencies can result in subclinical joint demage which can not be detected by a visible swelling, lameness or change on x-ray.

Chiropractic is the only way to detect these subclinical stages and correct them before they cause further damage.

Existing conditions benefit from chiropractic such as:

  • Kissing spines
  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Sacro-iliac joint pain
  • Lameness
  • Neck pain

The chiropractic examination is comprised of:

  • Static analysis (at rest)
  • Gait analysis (at walk/trot)
  • Chiropractic examination
  • Treatment where necessary

After the initial consultation and treatment a clinical record will be made and sent to your primary veterinary practice. A plan going forward will be made detailing advice and recommendations including any further treatments or check-ups required.

Equine Chiropractic

Support and professional, friendly advice are always available, we like to keep involved with the progress of our patients.

Poor Performance Evaluation

The Horse Vet focusses on getting the optimum performance from your horse.

To book an evaluation or to discuss your concerns

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Following chiropractic exam and treatment further examination may be required to investigate the under-performing horse. 

  • Full Clinical examination
  • Flexion tests
  • Gait analysis on lunge
  • Ridden analysis
  • Saddle fit analysis
  • Dental examination
  • Blood tests
Poor Performance Evaluation
Poor Performance Evaluation
Poor Performance Evaluation

Pre-purchase examination

Pre-purchase examination also known as a vetting can be carried out for both clients and non clients across Yorkshire.

If you would like to request a vetting please submit the form and The Horse Vet will get in touch within 1 working day.

Further information regarding the stages of a Pre Purchase Examination can be found here:

Beva vetting guidelines

Requirements for a full pre purchase examination

  • Dark box to examine the eyes
  • Firm Level surface to trot up and lunge horse
  • Area where horse can be ridden
  • Rider to ride the horse
  • Shod or trimmed in last 4 weeks and not in the last 48 hours
  • Passport and any vaccination records
  • A clean horse

A blood sample may be taken on the purchaser’s request which will be stored for 6 months.

Vetting Request Form





We strongly recommend a full 5 stage pre purchase examination.
If you would like a 2 stage vetting (omitting stages 3, 4 and 5) please read, completed and return the 2 stage disclaimer.


Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing method based on the insertion of very small needles into specific points on the body to bring relief from pain and treatment of disease. The western medical world has taken this technique to treat in combination with conventional medicine or use when other treatments have failed to work. Acupuncture stimulates the body’s repair mechanisms in the nervous, immune and hormonal systems.

Acupuncture is most beneficial in the treatment of muscular pain and muscle trigger points. Optimum results are achieved when used in combination with chiropractic as both techniques work on stimulating the nervous system. Acupuncture alters the perception of pain giving relief to horses suffering from chronic disease pain enabling pain medication dose to be reduced.

Frequently treated conditions include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Respiratory disease
  • Gastrointestinal disease – Chronic diarrhoea, recurrent spasmodic colic, weight loss
  • Poor performance syndromes
  • Infertility/reproductive problems
  • Behavioural problems

All horses are individuals, some tolerate it very well, others do not. Sedation can be used if necessary to place the needles.


Animal acupuncture can only be carried out by a qualified veterinary surgeon under the UK law.

To discuss if actupuncture could help your horse

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Small animal chiropractic

We also treat dogs and cats with veterinary chiropractic.

The principles of small animal Chiropractic are exactly the same as equine Chiropractic. Routine examination will ensure correct biomechanics helping to prevent the onset of joint pathology and disease.

For animals with pre existing conditions such as spondylosis of the spine Chiropractic will significantly help slow down progression of the disease. 

Small Animal Chiropractic
Small Animal Chiropractic
Small Animal Chiropractic