I didn't realize you had a journal! Subbing ;)
Welcome!! As you can see, this is mostly just for me to make notes about when things go well- or when they don't.
It's nice to have a record of things that are actually recurring patterns I might not notice otherwise.
Does she nip at you when you're trying to saddle?
She never nipped at
me, but she would nip at the saddle pad/girth, which isn't much better in my eyes.
BUT....good news to report. I think the chiro actually really improved her overall demeanor with saddling. Even though the chiro really didn't think she had much pain, her behavior last night was vastly different. She started off the same- as I put the saddle pad on, she threw her head up, pinned her ears, swished her tail, the whole nasty thing. But then....she just stood there. I put the saddle on, tightened up the girth on both sides. Nothing. She just stood. I can't think of the last time she did that. I gave her lots of scratches on her neck where she likes it, and really hope this will be the new normal. Maybe she was more sore than we thought.
I could also feel a big difference under saddle. Particularly at the canter, I could feel a back
down there under me
It made me realize just how hollowed out she's been. Now, I could tell she was trying to figure out her "new body," as she tripped a bit at all gaits and seemed a little "wiggly," if that makes sense. But I'm hoping that she'll generally feel a little more balanced and freer in movement as she gets more rides in this week.
Overall, it feels like a huge improvement, and I hope it lasts.