Since the horse show in May, Noodle and I have been continuing our work
with Emily Brollier and working through some of his physical issues. We seem to work great right after he has a chiropractic treatment, then we slowly get stiff and grumpy and by 3 to 4 weeks later, he's spooking at everything and difficult to ride. Call the chiropractor and he's good as new and the horse I always dreamed of!
I actually have Dr. Lark Carroll come out about once a month for the adjustment, then two weeks later we do massage and laser therapy. He also gets a monthly injection of Adequan. We are seeing improvements in him and his chiropractic adjustment don't seem to be as big as when we first started. Our last adjustment he only needed mild adjustments most everywhere, his right TMJ (jaw) was the only major adjustment - the month before it was his left TMJ!
|Dr. Lark Carroll making an adjustment in the hip of a Friesian gelding.|
The combination of the regular exercise, massage and chiro are helping Canoodler a whole lot! It shows in his topline and the best result I'm seeing is that the roach in his back is going down and the muscles around his spine are getting bigger so it's going away! The bad news was that my saddle was causing most of his back pain now. It took me awhile but I found a saddle fitter that came out and was able to add flocking where we needed it. The saddle fits him well and I can tell he's much happier about it.
We are continuing on with training. I really love how we are developing. Both of us are improving and eventually I'll be able to really keep my seat in the tack at the canter. Darn those hunter/jumper days!
Here is a video of me and Noodle just before he had a chiropractic adjustment and after we had the saddle reflocked.
Considering he had tantrums and spooking fits just two days earlier I thought he was going darn well!
And then here is Emily working him after he had the chiro too. She can really get him to stride out so much better than I can. Must work on that!
Canoodler looked so good today with Emily Olive Brollier! He should... He was adjusted by Dr. Larkspur Carroll on Wednesday night and he's usually his best after that. He also had our saddle flocking adjusted to fit him better. But the icing on the cake is having an excellent rider on him to help him get his you know what together! I love the shoulder-in in the video!
Posted by Wendy Uzelac Wooley on Friday, June 5, 2015
So we are keeping on with our program. I hope to do some outings with him soon and see if we can gear up for another horse show in August.