Different Equestrian Disciplines Can Cause Specific Subluxation Patterns

For example:

Dressage horses with subluxations in the lumbar spine have difficulty bending correctly and executing lateral movements. Further consequences include poor engagement of hind limbs and a lack of suppleness.


Show jumpers with subluxations in the lower thoracic and lumbar vertebrae have difficulties rounding their backs. They often land in cross canter and have problems changing the lead in canter.


Gaited horse
s with subluxations of the sacroiliac joint have an unleveled gait rhythm and difficulty with transitions. They also have a tendency to lean into the bit and run off. Their backs may be tense, muscular atrophy may also be evident.


Endurance horses with subluxations in the thoracic and cervical spine often demonstrate soreness in the back and an unleveled gait rhythm. Further effects are a noticeable drop in performance as well as a stiff neck.


Driving horses with subluxations in the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae drop one shoulder, move on two tracks and tend to pull or show gait abnormalities.

Western horses with a restriction in the lumbar vertebrae and the sacroiliac joints have difficulty in bending laterally and show single-sided problems in turns and spins, as well as undefined lameness in their forelimbs.

          > Bruno Beyne, Veterinarian