During the exam the doctor will feel, or palpate, every joint in your horses’ body. When a joint with a restricted range of motion, it is corrected by an adjustment. The adjustment is a very specific and gentle thrust into the joint. After the adjustment, the joint is palpated again to be certain that it is moving more freely. The adjustments usually look like quick little pushes on the animal. In order to be at the correct angle to the spine, the doctors will stand upon “bales”. These are large Styrofoam blocks inside of cases that resemble hay bags.
Most animals truly enjoy being adjusted and are relaxed and happy during your appointment.