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She's Not a Baby Anymore!

Early spring saw some immediate changes in how Ellie carried herself and our dressage work started to truly improve.  There had been times last year where flat work felt like a fight and I wondered to myself if she was ever going to just relax and listen to me haha.

Thankfully, as the title suggests, Ellie has suddenly grown up in front of my eyes.  We have had some really stellar lessons lately, where I feel like I am suddenly able to make things click.  We also had an incredibly frustrating dressage lesson a few weeks ago where Ellie was in rip-roaring peeing heat (not normal for her) and we worked through 45 minutes of her refusing to bend right.  So, ya know, as much as she is improving, she is still an opinionated redheaded mare!  ;-)

But, I have to give her credit because she is really working her little butt off for me!  Sadly, I had not been able to schedule in a jump lesson before our first three-phase, which led to me riding her ridiculously backward at a slow trot the entire …

Dreamy is spoiled.....

...but she is worth every penny. :)

Dr. J came out on Wednesday July 16 to do chiropractic work on Dreamy. It is the first time he has worked on her, and I really liked him.

It cracks me up how the horse folks who realize the horse is an athlete and needs to use its body in specific ways totally accept that chiro work is valid on a horse. And then the MAJORITY of horse folks and ALL non-horse folks think it is ludicrous that a HORSE is seen by a chiropractor

How much did you spend???" they shriek in disbelief.

It was money well spent. Based on the issues we have had bending and moving to the left (especially at the left lead canter), neither Dr. J or I were surprised by what he found.

BUT I was surprised at how MUCH he found.

Hmmm.....her atlas (poll) was out of joint, she has TMJ on the right, her left ribs, her C7 in her neck, her withers, her right patella (stifle), her right shoulder, and the biggest thing was her pelvis and sacral apex something......basically the pelvis was completely tipped and twisted.

SO.....makes sense: the poll on the left was making it near impossible for her to truly supple to the left, same with left ribs, her C7 and wither fixation made it hard for her to lower her head and raise her withers, her right patella is the strike off leg in the left lead canter......amazing! And with her pelvis all out of whack, it is causing her to be weak behind and unable to really use her hind end. BINGO! So I was impressed....and now I am dying to ride her and see how it feels. He wants me to give her until Friday off because he did so much work on her......BUMMER! But I will ride Friday and Sat for sure.

Like he said, for some horses, just 1x a year helps.....for some they need it as much as 1x a month. And of course for others, there is absolutely no difference at all. But based on all the stuff he found, he really thinks I will see an improvement. He also showed me some simple stretches to do with her each day before and after I ride.....that was very helpful.

I am optimistic. I do think she will feel more comfortable.....maybe she won't suddenly move like a Grand Prix dressage horse (LOL!!!) but she will move more freely. That is important to me. And at her age......anything to keep her sound and happy. It was money well spent IMO.