Ollie got seen by our chiropractor yesterday afternoon, to rule out anything that maybe causing him any pain or restriction while we work him and ask for more work.....
Last week we did a massage to see if we could find anything there...Shoulders very tight, fore arms very tight and neck a bit tighter then expected. We checked for ulcer indicators and his back for and sore spots from my saddle. His hind end was tight but not more then expected and worked on that.... overall not to bad.... concluded to his weight transfer being a front engine horse and his previous training taking a toll on his body... (we are working on changing him from front to hind engine driven horse)
So then we also had scheduled an appointment with the chiropractor the next week, being yesterday afternoon. He mentioned he was tight in some odd places...kept feeling and working on him and then found that his hips where rotated forward and down in a extended position.... so he could not sit and transfer weight like he should to correctly activate his hind end for cantering....
The sound of everything popping back into place was well
In fact this smiley face is the same look Oliver gave when his hips and hind end popped into place
My trainer from outside the stall heard it!!!
No wonder hi was tail swishing more, and couldn't canter without spazzing out! Poor guy!!
I knew, both my trainer and I knew something was up!
So he said he should be just fine now, let him have that day off, expect him to think it will still hurt to canter and work on getting him to relax and let go and trust me slowly again when it comes to really using his hind end for trot and canter..... He said I should feel a big difference in his movement once he figures out his hips wont hurt him anymore!!
Now all I need to do is get his teeth floated and no excuses for naughty behavior other then a annoying evasion!
So happy I took the time and had more then one person work on him over time! Well worth the money and time off spent! Now we can get back to work!
I posted a picture....now imagine if what is in the circled area was STUCK down and forward in a extended position....this image really helped me see things clear!