I was actually a little grateful that he was acting nutty for her like he has been for me. I really was convinced it was the nice weather and that he cannot run around in his paddock because of all the mud. Betsy had a much more intelligent thought. She said she thinks he's in pain.
Hola is usually a very happy, friendly horse with a ton of "try." The horse we have right now is grumpy, has an occasional blow-up, and not a lot of try in him. We figured something was wrong with his back, and we figured it was caused by the saddle. It made a lot of sense. It would also explain that the more I worked him the more crazy he would become with a rider on his back. He's quite nice on the longe line.
Now I'm an obsessive sort of person and I wanted to learn more about saddle fitting. Therefore I cruised the internet and found this very informative video:
Cranial Nerve 11!! We are hitting it, I'm certain! No wonder he's looking like "Bill The Cat!"
Now I'm obsessing on my next step. First and foremost is to get the chiropractor to come out! My chiropractor is terrific however there was a time when during adjustment of one other OTTB, by the name of Jaguar Hope, that the chiropractor made an unplanned exit when a sore spot was being worked on... I figured I needed to sweet talk the chiropractor to work on my new sensitive guy. So I carefully crafted a nice email but included full disclosure that Hola could be similar in reaction to Jaguar Hope.
I've been doing great. I have so much to tell you too! but i'm sure you've heard my news through the grapevine.
You can hear it all first hand if you come out to adjust my new guy Hola.
I think my saddle (I'm 90% certain) is the problem. He used to be so "happy go lucky" and now he's a freak and grumpy. I'd like to have my "happy-go-lucky" guy back but he needs help. I must disclose to you that he is a VERY fidgety guy and he won't be easy to do. I wouldn't put it past him to send a back leg flying in protest at whomever is hitting a sore spot.. Much like Jag. He really is a friendly nice guy otherwise. Especially if there is no more pain. And he loves treats...
Are you willing to help the guy out? He needs you!
It worked! Hola will get adjusted within a week.
Now my next obsession is with the saddle. My immediate concern is what to do right now. I have 3 saddles, my Albion, an old DeKunfy and a lovely all purpose Pessoa Gen X. I'm going to take the other two saddles to see if they fit him any better. I'm hopeful the Pessoa will. While it's not a dressage saddle, it will still work until I can get a well fitting dressage saddle. I'll let you know how that goes.
Then I checked the Albion website and found there is a fitter in Lansing, MI which is about 3 hours away. Perhaps I could work with some other people in the area who are Albion people to get the saddle fitter to come up.
I love my Albion saddle and would like to stick with Albion since 1) I really like it, and 2) they won't break my bank.
So I'll probably continue to obsess over saddles and cruise ebay all the time wishing I had some money right now to get a nice saddle. Sigh...