Poll Recap: Readers Discuss Complementary Therapy Habits

Poll Recap: Readers Discuss Complementary Therapy Habits

Of the 503 voters, 170 (34%) indicated they've integrated chiropractic adjustments or massage therapy into their horses' health care routines.

Photo: Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor

In last week's online poll, TheHorse.com asked which complementary therapies you've integrated into your horse's care. More than 500 readers responded and we've tallied the results.

Of the 503 voters, 170 (34%) indicated they've integrated chiropractic adjustments or massage therapy into their horses' health care routines. Another 42 readers (8%) said they use herbal therapy. Twenty-one respondents (4%) said they've used acupuncture on their horses, and 157 (31%) readers said they use either a combination of the therapies listed or a different complementary therapy. And 113 readers (22%) said they haven't or don't use complementary therapies in their horses care.

Additionally, 55 readers shared comments about their individual situations.

Some readers found success in using complementary therapies:

  • "Thanks to herbal therapy my horse can now go through a summer without fighting allergies."
  • "Acupuncture and adjustments do wonders for certain horses. Well worth the time and money."
  • "I see an incredible difference in my horses after chiropractic."
  • "None now, although chiropractic was very helpful for one of my now-retired mares."
  • "We have added microcurrent and therapeutic ultrasound."
  • "Myofascial release made a huge difference in my gelding!"
  • "Also use some aromatherapy prior to adjustments. Works great!"
  • "Craniosacral is a great therapy."

Others didn't experience the same outcome:

  • "(I tried) herbal to calm a hyper horse. Didn't work."
  • "(I tried) herbs to help a moody mare. They didn't help."
  • "(I) tried a chiropractor once. It didn't fix problem, but did find things that horses like thru chiropractor."

And one reader shared why they hadn't experimented with these methods:

  • "Never had a problem that Dr. Green (pasture) couldn't cure!"

The results of our weekly polls are published in The Horse Health E-Newsletter, which offers news on diseases, veterinary research, health events, and in-depth articles on common equine health conditions and what you can do to recognize, avoid, or treat them. Sign up for our e-newsletters on our homepage and look for a new poll on TheHorse.com every week!

About the Author

Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, news editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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