I switched Chiropractors to a more "upscale" (I guess you would call it) Chiro for Cinny. He is sort of one of those "horse whisperer" types, the kind of person who works with your horse for 20 minutes and can tell you all about what makes your horse tick. He is FANTASTIC. And I finally have found the root of Cinny's issues where it comes to not going through his back correctly.
He asked me about Cinny's "story" so I told him about him being a pasture puff most of his life, previous bitting issues, ulcers and that we can't seem to get him to go through his back probably. He looked at me like I was crazy and said "It's impossible for this horse to round and go through his back currently." He also said he can help fix it. The problem, Cinny's hips are rotated forward (tops of hips going towards back). Also, his shoulders and neck are locked upright. Here's a pictures to demonstrate what I mean. cinnyrotated.jpg
Not really a conformation shot, and doesn't really show it as much at a trot but I wanted to be able to draw the arrows so that it's easier to understand.
Anyway, he spent about an hour putting him back, and then he's had about 3 weeks off. Cinny seems so so much better, more relaxed now when riding but now his right hip seems to "slip." It feels the same as when a horse's hind foot slips in mud, only Cinny's foot is well planted and not slipping and we are in the arena. I've had a friend watch and confirm and she said the motion is in his hip and that his foot is indeed well planted. It happens more often in circles smaller than 20mm as he tries to bring that hind under him properly but it has also happened on a straight as well.
I'm having the Chiro come back out ASAP but I'm wondering if it's not because now that his hip is more correctly positioned, his ligaments and the such are still stretched out in places from being so badly "out" for who knows how long (I think the old chiro missed all this so it was never fixed).
Does anybody know of ways to help his strengthen his butt and maybe help get those ligaments to start holding tight again without putting any extra strain on him or causing him to make himself worse?? Has anybody ever had an issues with rotated hips before?