So Big Horse is broken. We had our awesome lesson on Monday and now he’s pretty much nonfunctional at anything above a walk—but more about that in the WRR!
Jennifer from Equine-N-Harmony Bodyworks was already scheduled to come to the SEC on Friday, so I put Ez down for massage/chiropractic work. I’ve used her before when I was leasing Belle and she’s very kind and knowledgeable!
The Trainer and I think that it’s his butt region that’s broken (there’s no heat or swelling in his legs). I expected his hind end to show a bunch of problem areas for Jennifer to work on, but in actuality he only had some minor troubles in his neck/girth/hip. He did get a nice butt massage, but he was super obnoxious throughout the whole process. He knew I had treats, and combine the possibility of food with him having a few days off and he was one hell of a bully. Jennifer showed me some exercises meant to help his sore areas and I nearly lost a finger to the beast during carrot stretches. D:<
Jennifer also pointed out some odd bruising on his hoof walls (???) and recommended that I have his teeth checked out. The best part, though? Jennifer noticed some areas where dirt on his saddle pad is rubbing the hair short, and she recommended I get a set of baby pads to put under his saddle pad so that I can clean them more regularly. I HAVE LITERALLY BEEN GIVEN AN ORDER TO BUY MORE SADDLE PADS.
To wrap this up, here’s a copy of his bodywork sheet: