No riding today for princess. Hopefully I'll manage to get in three good rides (must practice 20m circles at trot and canter!!! and, ya know, some two point plz) between now and Saturday. Weather looks... iffy, but maybe ok?
'more of this plz!' - emma
'mebbe' - weather.com
In the meantime, I dug up the worksheet from Isabel's first chiropractic adjustment last Spring.
Notice any patterns? Yes?? That's because Isabel was out in almost all the exact same places.
'alignment is for squares' - isabel
Post-adjustment, Isabel felt GREAT for our show on Sunday. No one smoking gun that showed a clear 'before and after' difference. But the general picture was nicer and she felt smoother and looser.
Prior to April, I'd never tried to improve Isabel's way of going - other than to control speed. Since the spring, however, I've been working with trainers to actually move out *correctly* (essentially, installing the foundations of dressage).
So I'm not sure what's really going on here. I suspect it's a combination of factors:
- Isabel's own preferred way of going (she is an arab, after all)
- ongoing saddle fit issues
- increased efforts to lower her front end, lift her back, and bring the hind end underneath - but the misaligned areas have made this difficult/painful/impossible
My (decidedly amateur) impression is that I haven't been getting Isabel to use her hind end appropriately because her hips and sacrum are always out of alignment. So she is constantly on the forehand, affecting her head, neck and shoulders.
This is something I'll discuss more with my dressage and bio-mechanics trainers, but I'm really curious to know from you all (regardless of your feelings about the merit of equine chiropractics):
Have you had recurring issues crop up like this? If so, do you incorporate this into your training regiment at all?