This cold weather does a number on my joints, so I can only imagine what it must do to my old and arthritic horse. The last few days, Chance has been inside due to the single digit temperature outside, the strong winds, and the ice and snow. (He used to “stock-up” when left inside, even for only one day, and now he no longer has this reaction). The stall rest and hand walking will probably do him some good anyways!
Chance has always had Cervical Spine issues and over the years, you can feel the “knots” (for lack of a better word) on his neck. Due to that, and his EPM, I decided to contact a massage therapist, chiropractor, and acupuncturist to come and work their magic on Chance! Basically, a full day at the spa:).
I contacted one vet that incorporates run of the mill equine healthcare with chiropractic and acupuncture work, along with holistic medicine as well. One review stated that she looked at/worked with the “whole horse” in order to assess, diagnose, and treat. Interestingly, I believe that this vet used to work on Chance about 10-12 years ago when he lived in Lorton, VA. I sent her an email and I hope she has some availability.
I also found an equine massage therapist, who was certified through Equissage, and I will be contacting her tomorrow.
And, I have found Chance a dentist, and once again, he is Chance’s previous dentist from over a decade ago!
The equine world is a small one- at least in Virginia!