2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

The Effects of Stretching and Chiropractic Adjustments on Equine Stride Length and Back Pain

Lauren M. Whitelock*, Heather L. Lockhart, and Alexa R. Cameron
Dr. Kelly Walter, Faculty Mentor

Equine performance levels are directly related to overall physical fitness and health. For working horses, performing daily tasks may result in stiffness, soreness, or pain in the back, neck, and legs, all of which could potentially negatively affect performance and welfare. This study investigates the effectiveness of different modern day treatments, including stretching and chiropractic adjustments, on equine back pain and stride length. A total of eighteen horses were used in the study and were split into three groups of six: chiropractic adjustments, stretching, and control. During the study, the timing and frequency of chiropractic adjustments followed veterinary recommendations. The horses were stretched three days a week and prior to measurements. Measurements were obtained approximately once a week on back pain using an algometer and stride length using Kinovea Software. The results of this research will allow for effective stretching and chiropractic protocols to be utilized for working horses.


Keywords: Equine, Chiropractor, Stretching, Back pain, Stride length

Topic(s):Agricultural Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 1-2
Location: GEO - SUB
Time: 3:30

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