Prior to a treatment of a horse there has to be an inspection of the horse in motion.
Then I'll check the motion of all major joints and compare them with the other side.
All the reachable tendons will be palpated.
Testing of the spine takes place per region and vertebrae for vertebrae.
Because of the influence of the teeth on the neck their status will be checked too.
The outcome of all this plus the information the owner, or rider provides will lead to a treatment-plan.
The treatment is a combination of direct and indirect techniques.
Often the groom will have to perform stretching exercises to improve the effects of the treatment.
Direct technique is an adjusting technique that works because I apply an impulse to mobilize a joint.
Indirect technique will work because I am using a reflex of the horse, that asks the horse to make a certain movement.
This will alter the range of motion of the manipulated joint.
These indirect techniques have the tremendous advantage that they are very effective, but cannot hurt the horse.