Frequently asked questions


1) How long with the treatment take?

Treatment varies depending on the use of chiropractic, acupuncture or a combination treatment with other modalities such as taping, heat/cold therapy, etc.; on average, treatments will last about 1 hour. 


2)    When can I ride my horse after treatment?

Following treatment, your horse will need to have 24-48 hours off work, ideally out in a paddock. Depending upon the problem, your horse may become more sore for a short period of time, but this will be discussed with you.

Please note some cases may need a longer period of rest for rehabilitation.


3)    I have a competition coming up, can I still go?

As a general rule of thumb, it is advisable that if this is your horses FIRST treatment it is not carried out within two weeks of a competition. However, once we know how your horse responds to treatment, chiropractic has been shown to enhance performance in horses. Acupuncture can be used for pain relief so may be an option for horses with minor problems that compete under regulations not allowing anti-inflammatories, such as phenylbutazone.  It also depends on the findings of the consultation.


4)    My horse doesn’t like needles, will it be able to have acupuncture?

Acupuncture needles are a much smaller size and therefore do not hurt like hypodermic needles may when used for traditional veterinary injections, so most horses do not mind them at all.  Some horses even become extremely relaxed.

If absolutely necessary, your horse can be sedated for treatment, but due to the nature of the treatment it may not work as well as the nervous system is dulled with sedation.


5)    Is my horse too old or too young for treatment?

The answer to both questions is no. Older horses get huge benefits from acupuncture and chiropractic care keeping their joints supple and reducing the amount of pain relief that they have to take and therefore minimizing any side effects that those drugs may have.

With regards to foals, they can be adjusted from the day they are born and it is recommended that they are, to give them the best start in life.


6) Do ponies benefit from chiropractic care?

Yes your ponies spine works in exactly the same way as a shire horses, therefore is susceptible to vertebral subluxation complexes. Routine chiropractic care is advised every 6-12 months depending on what your pony does.


7)    Does the Equine Veterinary Wellness Clinic provide other routine veterinary care?

No. Although the Equine Veterinary Wellness Clinic employs Veterinary Surgeons they do NOT replace your primary care Veterinary Surgeon and will only care for your animal in respect of chiropractic, acupuncture and rehabilitation treatment. Should you require your animal to be attended for anything else you will need to contact your primary Veterinary Surgeon including for all emergency out of hours care.


8) What area does the Equine Veterinary Wellness Clinic cover?

Although predominantly the North West of England and Wales. Dr Holland will travel anywhere for treatment. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

You can also bring your horses to Whitegate Farm &Livery Training Centre just outside Chester which has superb facilities for assessing your horse.

There are discounts available for yards where 6 or more horses are seen. If you are interested in a yard visit please do not hesitate to contact us. 07458 919 414