Sunday, September 15, 2013

Pony playtime with friends!

My friends, H. and B., and I went to the barn tonight for a little pony playtime.  H. boards her horse at my barn -- in fact, Rondo used to be in the same corral with Freckles -- but B. has her two horses elsewhere, so we traded off between my two boys and Freckles.
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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Horse chiro: Still satisfied...

I've ridden Panama a couple more times finding out that the chiropractor fixed his left lead problems, and I am happy to say that he is still doing great.  He had been taking a lot of steps to transition into the canter, especially to the left, and usually getting faster -- as though he needed that extra burst of speed at the trot in order to launch himself into the canter.  Now that is completely gone -- he picks up the canter the instant I ask for it, every single time.  We haven't done any jumping yet since the chiro was done (though we have been riding in the small indoor arena, which I think is harder than outside, because of the tighter turns and the need for him to carry himself properly), but I cannot emphasize enough how pleased I am with the results of the chiro.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Panama's first chiro

Panama has had a rough year.  He had been struggling with his weight since -- well, since last spring actually.  He seemed to level off last summer, but he never really became the roly poly he used to be, and over the winter he started really losing again.  A lot of people didn't notice or think it was very bad, because he has (and has always had) a big ribcage and belly, but he was dropping weight along his topline -- to the point that my new (used) jumping saddle, which I bought over the winter, stopped fitting him as well as it had when I bought it.
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