Randy Huenefeld placed his arms around Mr. T’s neck and pulled the horse’s head forward, behind his own. During a brief pause, during which Mr. T’s eyes bulged and rolled white in terror, Huenefeld pulled the horse’s neck sharply toward him.
Almost instantly, Mr. T, an 18-year-old paint horse, looked happier.
Animal chiropractic is a growing field for veterinarians. However, only six of the 600 members of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association work in Missouri. These animal chiropractors cite increased flexibility, relief from nerve interference, an easier range of motion and improvement in the overall health of the animal as benefits from treatment.
Barb Martin, the horse’s owner, calls the practice “Dr. Randy Hug.” Her horses have been Huenefeld’s patients for five years.
“They just love that,” Martin said as Mr. T took a deep breath and licked his lips.
Mr. T was among several patients waiting their turn at Pine Dell Farm in Pleasant Hill to see Huenefeld, a veterinarian who has received special training in veterinarian chiropractic. He performed equine chiropractic on seven horses that day, along with acupuncture and dental work, before moving on to his next appointment in Kansas.