I've always had a deep respect for my horse. She's 9,I've owned her for nearly 8 years and we have an amazing connection. But events from this last weekend have really opened my eyes even more and I appreciate her on an entirely new level which I didn't even think was possible.
Some of you may have read my recent posts from the weekend and trials we experienced earlier this year. Quick recap, I moved her last November from a large show barn to a friends house with only one other horse. I truly thought I'd lost my horse and best friend as she became so buddy Sour she loved in her own little world and I could be standing right in front of her it was like I didn't exist to her. A month ago I moved her again to a bigger barn. She finally snapped out of it within a week and we began working on our goal of the first horse show of the year... 3 weeks away. Keep in mind she sat all winter or spring and she went completely bat s*** crazy so I had my work cut out for me.
This past weekend was that show. A small open show benefitting a therapeutic riding program. We did halter and 3 hunt seat classes in total getting 3 thirds and a 1st. Yes I know, that was something to be proud of but I was still bummed. It was a small show and we usually place 1st or 2nd in much bigger shows and she was on her best behavior. I was happy but I think my gut knew something just wasn't right and I chalked it up to me just being greedy for not placing higher which I'm not usually like to begin with. Just to get that straight, I went from hardly ever placing with my first horse bc we were both very green and I never took lessons to a solid trail horse and now this horse who I feel like the luckiest girl to have come across this absolutely amazing horse for close to nothing simple due to her previous negligent and nieve owners.
OK back to my story. Something didn't seem right this last weekend at the show. Besides our placings, she tried to lay down with me on her on the ready arena which she had never tried before. She seemed tired and I ignored the obvious sign of a problem. After the show I went to hop back on to practice for our first after western class the next day. Before I even got on her back end nearly collapsed from under her. A friend was standing right there and saw it. I immediately took her back and quickly removed all tack to find a raised area on her spine with heat and it very sore to the touch. I've since had a chiropractor out to work on her and an in the process of scheduling a massage therapist. The chiropractor said that her muscles were so tight she wasn't using them Properly which in turn screws up the skeletal system. She was in so much pain all day, she could hardly step up into the trailer that night to go home early.
She was perfect on Saturday in our classes, never showed an ounce of pain or irritability. She gave it her all and tried her absolute hardest. During warm ups there were definitely signs that I was oblivious to at the time. Agreed throw her head up when she stopped, wouldn't stop smoothly like she normally would, her trot was choppy, she didn't have a consistent head set. At the time I figured it was just bc she sat all winter. But I swear she knows when it's crunch time, she knows what the show is about and when she needs to be on her best behavior. During the classes, she was perfect and worked through the pain.
And I feel like a horrible owner for missing all those signs minut signs.
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