Prior to treatment it is essential that you obtain permission from your usual vet. It is illegal for anyone to treat your horse without veterinary approval. This can usually be obtained quickly over the phone, the vet will be able to inform you of any contraindications to treatment, or any pre-existing conditions that may affect the treatment. They may also wish to make a note of the treatment on your records and in some circumstances may request a veterinary report, which I can submit to them following treatment.
Before treating I will take a full history of the animal including any previous accidents, injuries or medical treatment; details of their routine, workload and training. I will then check for any current injuries and carry out a gait analysis, looking for any abnormalities in the animal's movement that may suggest misalignments, muscle spasms and problem areas. I will then assess the whole skeleton for misalignments.
I will treat any misalignments I have found using a series of light and fast adjustments. All adjustments are performed using only my hands. I will also perform any soft tissue work needed to release muscle spasms.
It is essential that there is a quiet, safe place to work where the animal will feel relaxed. A floor covering such as rubber matting or bedding is essential in stables to prevent slipping. Alternatively treatment can be performed outside on gravel or other non slip, hard surfaces.
After treatment it is not unusual for your horse or dog to be a little stiff and often sleepy, much the same as when we visit the chiropractor, osteopath or similar. This is perfectly normal and will subside within a few days. During this time it is common for them to drink more water than usual, so it is essential that they have plenty of fresh water available.
Once I have assessed and treated the animal, I will be able to give you more specific aftercare and rehabilitation advice where appropriate.
In some instances it may be appropriate for the animal to have a series of treatments and I will be able to recommend any follow ups that may be advisable.
The initial horse treatment may last up to 1.5 hours with subsequent treatments ranging from 40 minutes to an hour depending on what is required. Treatment for dogs ranges from 40 minutes to an hour.
The cost of treatment is £45 for horses and £40 for dogs, which is inclusive of travel within approx 30 miles of PL19 9PE, Devon. I will travel beyond this distance but it is subject to availability and will incur a petrol charge.
Prices for existing customers in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire remain the same.
I have the facility for customers to bring dogs to me to treat here, they will be treated for the reduced price of £25 per dog.
Groups of 4 or more horses at one location having treatment on the same day can apply for group discounts. I am currently offering £5 per horse discount for 4 horses treated at the same time or £10 per horse discount for 8 or more horses treated in the same day. Contact me for more info.
Carole McClelland is an Animal Chirpractor and does not treat humans with any chiropractic techniques.