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Meet Dr. Rick Boatright, D.C. of Boatright Chiropractic Horse and Rider

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Rick Boatright, D.C.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Dr. Boatright. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
After 10 years in chiropractic, I took advanced courses to get certified in animal work. That was in 1998. I have a particular interest in chiropractic issues with horses and dogs.

We saved the life of the very first horse I worked on after getting certified. The vet had given up hope. Since then, I’ve never looked back. It’s truly rewarding when you can change, or save an animal’s life when it otherwise looks like all is lost.

I work on everything from the big draft horses to minis, from Arabs to mules, from rodeo to dressage.

From 1998 through 2012, I worked mostly in the Show Low area with occasional treks to the Valley. Now I work almost exclusively in the Valley.

It’s a lot more fun than working for a living … I get to play with the horses and don’t have to shovel anything … PLUS … I don’t have to bill Medicare!

I’ve also written a book for chiropractors and vets on animal chiropractic called “Equine Chiropractic” available on Amazon.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
At one time, I had one of the largest chiropractic practices in Arizona for horses. In 2014, the Arizona Vet Board came after me, wanting to prosecute me for “practicing veterinary medicine without a license.” However, it turns out there are no laws prohibiting chiropractors from practicing chiropractic on animals and two chiropractors before me successfully defended themselves against similar actions. It was a stressful time for me, but it all turned out well.

In 2015 my wife passed away. In 2016 I moved to New Hampshire. But things didn’t work out well there with my new girlfriend. So I came back to Arizona. I was afraid I had lost all of my clients here, but, I was honored that most of them were happy to put me back to work with their horses.

Now, living in Chandler, I’m looking to build my clientele in the Queen Creek, Chandler, San Tan Valley area, close to where I live.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Boatright Chiropractic Horse and Rider – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I’ve been a chiropractor since 1988. While I was still in school, I became part of the faculty, teaching chiropractic adjusting technique. After graduating, I continued working as an instructor at continuing education symposiums for 7 years, and some of my work was published in the technique protocols. I’ve been an advanced proficiency rated Activator chiropractor since very first year the rating existed.

In 1998 I became certified in animal work and took an interest in horses. I do dogs too. Some chiropractors adjust horses by hand – “popping the joints.” Other chiropractors adjust with gentle, but very specific, instruments. After nearly 20 years of adjusting horses, I’ve adapted to both approaches. I do what works at the time for that specific horse. I want to SEE a difference before I leave from an appointment.

Most chiropractors don’t work on animals. Of those that do, even of those who are certified, few work with horses because they’re so big. I, on the other hand, LOVE equine work! And I Love what they give me back.

I prefer to go on-sight because I don’t like horses being transported immediately after the adjustment. But if it’s too far for me to drive, I’ll meet people at a local facility.

Horses can’t speak to tell me what’s happening, so I’ve learned to really, really see. In the process, I believe it’s made me a better people chiropractor too, even though I only see a handful of people in my human practice now. I also do a horse-rider-unit evaluation … a service offered by probably less than a couple dozen chiropractors in the country now.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I recently published a book for chiropractors and vets that’s a step-by-step guide for professionals on doing chiropractic work.

I’ve had requests from chiropractors around the country, wanting to follow me and watch, or for me to do workshops. I strongly believe there is a need for that kind of offering. The multi-disciplined approach I use isn’t being taught elsewhere, even though my clients tell me it’s more effective for their horses.

So, my current goals are:
* to promote my book, “Equine Chiropractic, a Step-by-Step Guide for Professionals” on Amazon and Kindle
* to develop a weekend workshop for chiropractors and vets, based on the material in the book.
* To present the workshops from one to four times a year, depending on demand. And, of course,
* to build my horse practice locally.


  • Kindle edition of the book – $39.95
  • New horse evaluation – $100. subsequent visits $85, I come to you
  • Weekend hands-onworkshops – Estimated, $495

Contact Info:

  • Address: 6163 S. Sharon Ct.
  • Website:
  • Phone: 9282435665
  • Email:
  • Facebook: Doc
  • Twitter: Horse Doc

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Rick and Facebook

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