|hugs to get reacquainted. or ya kow, a poll adjustment. same thing, right?|
- start Isabel on a more regular chiro schedule to develop baselines
- work with new saddle fitter to improve situation with the Bates
- reevaluate at next chiro appointment in mid November (never happened)
- determine timeline for moving forward with new saddle (also never happened)
We only got halfway through that plan of action before my injury. Le sigh. That's ok, tho. It means starting fresh again, since Isabel lost a ton of weight and muscling during her vacation and is therefore not really in any proper shape for a saddle fitting. Which works out more or less well enough since I'm still paying off my cat's medical emergency, blargh, and don't really feel financially prepared to buy a saddle.
|and shaking hands!|
There are still issues, of course, including residual soreness from our previous saddle fit (which frustrates me to no end)... and she's got the same sticking points as always. But the chiro was pleased with her current physical state.
|needle in the 'performance point'|
After recovering from my leg injury well enough to get back to the barn and plan our grand return to work, I decided to do another full ulcer treatment. Izzy had lost a lot of weight, and let's face it, she travels a LOT and it's unrealistic to think a horse with her lifestyle (not to mention disposition) wouldn't be prone to ulcers.
The chiro thinks that, for whatever reason, the generic form of omeprazole doesn't work quite as well as Gastrogard's formulation, and she agreed that I should extend the treatment and add aloe juice to the mix. I expressed skepticism, thinking that aloe juice only soothes for the brief moments it's actually in the stomach, but she disagreed and said it had longer lasting properties and that Isabel needs something to push her over the hump in recovery.
So idk. I guess it's pretty cheap, and I really don't want to keep the horse on omeprazole any longer than necessary... so perhaps I'll give it a shot.
Big takeaways from the appointment are to keep doing what I'm doing to rebuild strength and top line, and hopefully at some point soon start looking at saddle shopping again (budget allowing). Then reassess in 3 months. Sounds good to me!