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post #21 of 24 Old 03-21-2020, 05:40 PM
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He's already been seen by a chiropractor who also does acupuncture. She figured out that saddle fit had caused his original lameness, but did not see any other problems. That chiropractor was also a vet. He is on a four-week trim schedule and the farrier thinks his feet are amazing. And he's being ridden by the trainer who has also found the same issues.

I am aware of the issues surrounding body work, and believe me I'd rather it had not come to this, but I do believe I have exhausted my other options at this point. He is a young Pony, and my hope is that the body worker can address his hip issues, the trainer can help him get used to working his body correctly, and we'll get past this.

Then I can start working on all of Teddy's problems...
We can only do what we can do. Hopefully there are some exercises that can be done to help him loosen up.

Also did the saddle get restuffed? I seem to remember you mentioning that one side was different from the other...it could be contributing to the unevenness
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We can only do what we can do. Hopefully there are some exercises that can be done to help him loosen up.

Also did the saddle get restuffed? I seem to remember you mentioning that one side was different from the other...it could be contributing to the unevenness

OMG. I sent her (the person who could re-flock it) a text and then forgot about it. I never heard back. I forgot about it. I know that the difference isn't that severe, but ... sheesh... yeah....
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post #23 of 24 Old 03-21-2020, 07:47 PM
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Ah, glad you got the Chiro out. Like I said earlier I'd put my money towards that from my experiences, but that's just me.
If all else fails, I'd watch the body worker super closely, ask as many questions as you can so hopefully you can catch at least a few tricks to help the pony after this bout of being able to pay for it.

Managing a lot of horses at once is hard, keeping all the little things like certain vet appointments/notes, saddle fitting (for flocked saddles), farriers, etc, a nice cheap notebook with a hard cover could save you a lot of hardships. I keep notebooks everywhere and if I know something is needed to be written down it goes in there. Just to help remember things more clearly and be able to go back to the notes later on.
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post #24 of 24 Old 03-26-2020, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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A good news update!

I cantered Pony both ways today, alternating over and over again. Except for mistakenly picking up the left lead the first time I asked for the right lead (bear in mind his left lead is his hard lead) he got it right every time! He still feels a little stiff to the left, but he's not counterbent any more. The bodyworker said the work she did held really well, and she thinks he will only need one or two more sessions (phew). On the less good side, the trainer who was working with him was exposed to Coronavirus, so she's self-quaranteening right now, and I'm the only one who will be riding him. Hopefully now that he seems to be on the right track, we can keep it going.
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