Never underestimate the power of a really terrible barn! As most of you know, we moved barns a year ago and things were going well but going into winter, Jynx STILL wasn't gaining weight despite my best efforts (you can only pump so much food into a horse once a day). So I paid for a box stall and the nightmare began - 6 months of essentially being cooped up in a stall for 16 hours a day, with about 8 hours of turnout in the world's smallest paddock with 6 other horses AND being pumped full of complete feed and sweet feed because the help is too incompetent to handle anything complicated like beet pulp. Combined with my scoliosis making me ride crooked, and problems with her left lead, I think Jynxy's brain just sizzled.
She's been off for 2 months off, and the vet came out 3 weeks ago and diagnosed her as psychologically demented and not actually in pain. For those just catching up, 2 months ago in the middle of a ride Jynx shut down and ever since has REFUSED to canter without pitching a bucking/kicking fit, and more recently wouldn't even TROT without pitching a fit under saddle. She was also limping, leading us to believe it was pain but has actually been figured out as a sort of "shuffle foot" by being constantly alert and ready to be asked to canter.
Due to my back problems, Shay-la agreed to ride her for me today, the first ride since the vet diagnosed her. She's been at the new place for 2 weeks and is doing fantastic - a massive 10+ acre pasture to romp in, good food and good treatment. She's been so quiet and docile, we decided to at least TRY riding her and seeing exactly where we stand - if we have to go right back to the beginning, so be it, but if escaping the hellhole was all she needed, great!
I think we've officially determined escaping the hellhole was all she needed! She IS still anxious and squirrely to the left, as can be seen, REALLY worried and frantic about that left lead (which she ironically got every single time she was breaking into a canter). However, NO limping, eventual progression of relaxation at the left, and working GREAT to the right in comparison! This is the first time she's cantered under saddle in 2 months that wasn't met with ANY sort of resistance or frustration!
So we're going to continue taking her niiiiiiice and slow, we are NOT worrying about left direction canter, I want her to get some bend and start relaxing and enjoying being ridden again. Looking forward to the future!
Starting to the left - at no point was Shay-la asking for the canter, she was simply using her leg to try and straighten her out a bit or at the very least stop her EXTREME counter bending to the outside.
Starting to slowly relax to the left a little and soften
To the right! MUCH better, very impressed with how well she did, we called it a day after this and walked back on a loose rein, glad to have my Jynxy back!
EDIT - If ANYONE can PLEASE tell me how to make these STUPID new YouTube links work as an imbed, I would be forever in your debt!