The same holds true for many things (although not all) farriers and vets “fix” as well. Don’t get me wrong - equine health professionals are IMPERATIVE for helping your horse along on his journey towards good health. A team of health professionals you can trust are literally worth their weight in gold. HOWEVER, all medicine and therapy is responsive - our riding and care must manage the prevention.
For example, your horse shows up stiff in his TMJ, so you have a chiropractor out. She adjusts him, and he feels WAY better for a few weeks until the stiffness returns. She adjusts him again, and round and round you go. The problem is that neither of you have been able to address the SOURCE of the issue, so the chiropractor doesn’t stand a chance of “fixing” your horse. Just trying to keep him comfortable, until one day you realize his hay net is too high. You lower it and wabam, the issue goes away.
You’ve noticed your horse has a continuing soreness and sensitivity to their back and hindquarters. You continue to have massages done at the request of your vet, but it keeps returning. After a while you discover that the way you were asking them to canter was causing undue strain on the hind end. You stop this, and the sensitivity goes away following your next massage.
I am not trying to imply that every equine health issue has a quick and easy fix. However, if we simply go to equine health professionals to bandage our horses up every time, but never address the causes, it will result in issues we may never be able to “fix”. Does this cause you to think a little bit about how you work with your horse’s team?