Our acupuncture and chiropractic services come to us through Ashley Barton, DVM, ACVAA, CVA, a board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist and Medical Director of Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Mount Laurel, NJ. Dr. Barton provides equine acupuncture, anesthesiology & pain management, and therapeutic laser treatment.
Dr. Barton is available for by appointment to see cases at our large animal hospital, Meadow Creek Farm.
Acupuncture is a safe, pain-free treatment method that can assist in equine musculoskeletal problems, neurological disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, performance enhancement, and other chronic disorders. Thanks to its relaxing effect, many patients even fall asleep during treatment, and most don’t even feel the procedure taking place.
The frequency of acupuncture treatment required will vary by the horse’s condition. While some conditions can be treated with as few as one or two sessions, chronic conditions may require a dozen acupuncture sessions to see a full recovery.
Equine Chiropractic Care
Like human chiropractic treatment, chiropractic treatment for horses focuses on spinal manipulation. While equine chiropractic care doesn’t completely replace traditional veterinary treatment, it may be useful for treating symptoms like abnormal posture, reduced performance, disobedience when jumping, and many others issues you may discover while training.
Dr. Barton’s skillful, gentle adjustments work to have your horse feeling limber and loose again. Many horses only require a few appointments to get back to their regular performance, though more sessions may be necessary. As with acupuncture, the majority of horses happily accept chiropractic treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do acupuncture or chiropractic hurt?
Acupuncture and chiropractic aren’t painful. Acupuncture needles are extremely thin and most all horses respond very favorably to having acupuncture even if they do not like shots or having blood drawn. If for any reason your horse is uncomfortable, other methods can be used to treat your horse.
What should I expect during my appointment?
To start off your appointment Dr. Barton will take time discussing your horse’s history, medical concerns and/or performance problems you are experiencing. After this, Dr. Barton will then perform a physical exam on your horse, nose to tail! Dr. Barton may ask you to walk or trot your horse along a straight line or lunge line. At this point, Dr. Barton will discuss with you a treatment plan and begin treatment same day. Please bring any medical documents such as imaging studies (x-rays or ultraound), joint injection records, lists of medications and supplements, etc.
Is my horse going to get acupuncture or chiropractic care?
It depends. During our initial discussion about your horse, your horse’s medical conditions and your goals, we will then talk about a treatment plan that may include acupuncture, chiropractic care or both.
When can I ride my horse again?
Ideally, your horse should NOT be ridden right after treatment and have the following day off from work. You may ride your horse anytime before your appointment.
How often does my horse need to be treated?
This is highly variable depending on your horse’s specific needs. Some horses need more frequent treatment than others depending on how long your horse has had problems, how severely your horse is affected, your goals, showing schedule, etc. All treatment protocols are tailored to you and your horses needs, however, most horses do well with monthly treatments.
Will my horse need to be sedated?
No, your horse will not be sedated or tranquilized
Can my horse eat before and after treatment?
Yes, your horse can eat and drink as normal before and after treatment. Please also give all medications and supplements as normal.
How long is each treatment session?
Most treatment sessions are about 30 minutes
Contact Us About Equine Acupuncture and Chiropractic Services
Equine acupuncture and chiropractic services are available by appointment only, so contact us today via phone (609-261-7280) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).