Chiropractic Helps Race Horses
From the May 29, 2003 issues of the Daily Racing Forum
and the Johnson County Sun, comes a story of how a top level race horse, "Ten
Most Wanted" was helped by chiropractic. The story
reports that the day after the Kentucky Derby, he had been bumped sharply
leaving the gate, putting his back out of alignment. "He wouldn't jog,"
his trainer, Wally Dollase, remembered. "He had displaced his back about a
half an inch."
Dr. Herb Warren, a veterinarian who worked on Ten
Most Wanted said, "There was severe pressure on his spinal cord. His back
was out of whack. He didn't want to move behind." This is where the
chiropractor Dr. Dave Hand came in. Dr. Hand is a former trainer who for
more than a decade has been sought out by some of the top trainers to work
on their horses. During the week leading up to the Derby, Hand did
adjustments on four horses - Atswhatimtalknbout, Scrimshaw, Ten Cents a
Shine, and Ten Most Wanted. Hand worked on Touch Gold prior to his victory
in the 1997 Belmont Stakes, but his most consistent client has been
Dollase, for whom Hand has treated the likes of Grade 1 stakes winners
Deputy Commander, Jewel Princess, and Windsharp.
"He's good at what he does," trainer Wally Dollase
said. "I call him in if I think a horse needs him. He puts a horse back in
place with his own arms. He adjusts the back to where it's normal." According
to Dollase, "He is moving fine now, and Ten Most Wanted
is scheduled to run in the June 7 Belmont Stakes. One of the reasons he
will be there is the long-term care he has received from an equine
The Daily Racing Forum article was written before
the running of the Belmont stakes. The chiropractic care that Ten Most
Wanted received must have been effective as the horse finished second in
the Belmont Stakes.