Chilly had a chiropractor appointment today. I hauled her an hour away to the barn this vet/chiropractor works out of. She did very good.
Chilly was short-striding this past fall under saddle and just seems so stiff. So I decided to try this.
Chiropractor said she was a very nice mare, lovely conformation and has a nice disposition. And she isn't as sore as what I though. :claps: She said her withers were a little off (from mounting from the ground) so I'm going to get a mounting block. Her pelvis looked/felt good. This is what I was worried about because our previous farrier had been taking too much hoof from the inside and it was making her uncomfortable. She is much more flexible in her hind legs and more comfortable with our new farrier. So is our gelding. The previous farrier was a "trim, file, done" type of farrier, the new one is more of a corrective farrier.
Anyways. Chilly's main problem is her back where the saddle lies. She isn't rounding her back like she should be. She has a nice topline, it's just the spinal joints aren't being used. If that makes sense. So I have some stretches to do with her.
- Tickle her where the girth lies under her tummy to get her withers to raise. She is very good with this.
- Tickle her booty to where she lifts her back and rounds it. Chiropractor said she should be rounding 4 times as much as she is right now. She is not cooperative with this exercise.
- Having her bow with head between front legs to round her back will also help. As well as lots of backing work.
I'm to continue her gluclosamine/chondriotin/msm supplement and she recommended I add a Vitamin E & Selenium supplement to her diet as well.
I'm very pleased that something isn't seriously wrong with her and some stretches/exercises. Although, maybe I'm over-reacting a little bit about her. Paranoid mother.
Chilly was very well behaved and took everything like a pro. She did swish her tail when the chiropractor hit her sore spot but stood there to be adjusted and worked on very nicely. She was nearly falling asleep while being worked on.
Chiropractor did say that she'd benefit from another adjustment before I start racing her this year. And if I'm interested, she also practices acupuncture which may be beneficial to her as well. She said a lot of times, horses that don't seem very sore with chiropractor work, she's able to pinpoint a sore spot with acupuncture and work on them from there.
Does anyone have any experience with acupuncture?