I have been so busy lately, things have even been completely nuts at my usually lazy part-time receptionist job. Which is super annoying as that's where I do most of my blog reading/writing. How dare they ask me to work at work.
So I have lots to catch up on (ie. Henry lessons, October goals, saddle shopping etc) but for now I wanted to give an update on Mystic after our scary trail ride mentioned here. It affected me more than I thought it would. I cried a fair bit on the day it happened. But I thought I would wake up the next morning with resolve to go out and ride her again and sort out our issues. I did not.
Eventually I was able to focus my energy on this being a saddle problem and I finally ordered some very cute western saddle pads for her new western saddle and did some cinch shopping. I decided that she’s been sort of rude the last couple of times that I rode her in the Verhan, not anything compared to the trail ride from hell, but a bit impatient and unwilling to stand. I’ve only ridden her in the Verhan about three times in the last three months. In contrast she’s been a saint when I ride her bareback or in her other English saddle.
I had sold her other English saddle because I wasn’t loving the fit but the woman who bought it decided it didn’t fit her horse right and I’m actually going to buy it back. It fits Mystic better than the Verhan and is a good plan B if I want to jump something tiny or am tired of hauling a giant western saddle around.
Focusing on the saddle made me feel less scared and gave me productive things to do (spend monies).
Check out the rad acorn design on Mystic's new saddle #saddlesfornuts
As I mentioned in my previous post, Mystic was due for a trim (not that trimmed hooves prevent you from bolting into traffic…but it can’t hurt). My friend, C, held her for the trim as unfortunately I was working. The trimmer, J, is a different one than I usually use. I wasn’t really happy with the balance of her hooves after the last trim so I decided to try a different trimmer. Again, not that unbalanced hooves make you bolt into traffic but I could see that feeling unbalanced would make a horse more uneasy.
I texted C after the appointment to see how it went and to make sure Mystic was a good girl for her. She said that yes Mystic was a good girl….but had I heard from J yet? J was going to call me.
Ummm… what? Why? Is my mare foundering? Did her coffin bone break through her hoof wall? Does she have an abscess? BLAH BLAH BLAH crazy brain takes over rational brain.
I didn’t hear from J so I asked C to tell me what was up….
Mystic’s right hip was significantly out. I guess if you stood behind her you could easily see that one hip was lower than the other. She had trouble picking up her hooves on the right side and so J started looking at her body to find the culprit. So pony needed some major chiro love.
I think this is a big part of what went wrong for us. So friendly reminder to all of us (but mostly me) - when your normally good horse goes bad – check for pain and body issues.
Hope to be enjoying this view soon :)
I had a wonderful bodyworker/chiro out on Monday. He found a lot of things out of whack (her hips being the worst). He suspects that she had quite a bad slip in the mud. I noticed her expression changed a lot as he worked on her. She had sort of a sad/worried look in her eye at the beginning of the appointment and by the end she looked bright and happy.
My first ride back is planned for tomorrow! Wish me luck J